Thousands sign ‘No Unity Government with Hamas,’ a Simon Wiesenthal Center petition to Obama

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the Obama Administration to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas into ending the Palestinian Authority’s unity government with Hamas.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit released a petition, “Letter to President Obama – No Unity Government with Abbas.”

More than 10,000 people have signed the petition in less than 24 hours, according to Avra Shapiro, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director of public relations.

The petition reads:

“We appreciate your statement of condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel who have now been buried next to each other in Modiin.

“The kidnapping and murder of children demands action – Hamas has once again crossed a red line that defiles humanity.

“We therefore urge you to tell Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he must choose between peace and Hamas.  There are no Hamas ‘technocrats’ only 'terrorcrats' who support their genocidal ideology.

“We have heard no condemnation of this heinous crime from any Hamas official or ‘technocrat’.  What we have heard are the words of Hamas MP Mushir al-Masri: “Better luck next time, God willing,” and the celebrations and distribution of sweets by some Palestinians.

“If Abbas refuses to end the unity government with Hamas, then the United States should withdraw all funding for the unity government.”

The release of the petition follows Israel’s discovery of three bodies of abducted Israeli teenage boys. Hamas is believed responsible for their deaths.