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Announcement :: Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
"THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK" - watch the film, stop the genocide
14 Feb 2008
“The Devil Came on Horseback” exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness, former Marine Captain Brian Steidle, who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it.

Free pizza and refreshments will be served at 6PM, courtesy of the Carr Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The film will start promptly at 6:30PM.
Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Building
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
February 25, 2008
6:00PM

Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK takes the viewer on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where the Khartoum government is systematically ridding the province of its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. Ultimately frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned and returned to the US to expose the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed. THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK allows us to witness Steidle's transformation from soldier to observer to witness and, finally, to passionate activist and moral hero.

Attendees are invited to a post-screening discussion of the film and the current situation in Darfur with Gretchen Steidle Wallace and Denise Bell. Ms. Steidle Wallace is the sister of Brian Steidle, is one of the film's producers and also co-author of Brian's memoirs also titled The Devil Came on Horseback. Ms. Bell has been the Amnesty Sudan Country Specialist since 2004, and has focused much effort on shareholder activism to influence companies doing business in Sudan to play a constructive role in addressing the Darfur humanitarian crisis.
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Editors!!! Please delete above racist post
18 Feb 2008
Editors- the above post is racist "Jewist" state? and is deliberately misleading- it gives carte blnche to those who are willing to silently watch 400,000 innocents die to further a political agenda. It is deeply offensive and show be deleted.
For real info on the situation in Darfur:

http://savedarfur.org/content?splash=yes

02/15/08 - Darfur Activists Outline Four Steps China Must Take to End Darfur Crisis

Leading Darfur advocacy organizations released a statement this week outlining the four essential actions China should take, beyond private pressure on Sudan, to help end the genocide in Darfur.

The Save Darfur Coalition, ENOUGH Project, STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network and Dream for Darfur released a joint position paper, a show of solidarity among advocates about the necessary and essential steps China needs to take to end the growing public outcry over China’s hosting of the Olympics Games while underwriting a genocide in Darfur.

1. Immediately provide half of the transport helicopters that UNAMID requires, with support from Europe and the United States for maintenance and contracting arrangements.
2. Support punitive measures, such as UN Security Council targeted sanctions, against Khartoum officials, until peace and security for Darfur is achieved. UN targeted sanctions should be imposed immediately against government, rebel, or militia officials who are responsible for undermining UNAMID’s deployment, the North-South peace deal, or regional stability, such as attempting to overthrow the government in neighboring Chad.
3. Verifiably suspend all military cooperation with the Khartoum regime, including weapons transfers, until peace and security for Darfur is achieved.
4. Work with the United States, France, and the United Kingdom in a quartet supporting UN and African Union initiatives in Darfur, Southern Sudan, and Chad. This cooperative work on the peace process needs to be comprehensive. The problems of Darfur, Southern Sudan, and Chad are intertwined, so unless peace is advanced on all of these fronts it will be unlikely to be achieved on any of these fronts.
Save darfur: Its not too Late
18 Feb 2008
Someone refuses to tolerate 400,000 deaths, countless rapes and assaults, and 10,000 deaths a month- and all you can do is call them a Zionist?

http://www.darfurgenocide.org/

Past Initiatives —
So far, we have used your generous support to carry out the following projects:

* Sent a team of experts to Darfur and the region to meet with representatives of the people of Darfur to listen to what we can do to help bring peace, and to help the international community better understand how to support these groups. Click here to see photos from our trip to Darfur.
* Organized two hunger strikes of several thousand people in all 50 states and worldwide. Click here to read initial press coverage.
* Sent a camera crew to Darfur to provide up to the minute video footage to international media of the situation on the ground.
* Supported rolling protests at Sudanese embassies in other countries, including in Washington DC, where with our partner the Sudan Campaign, we have encouraged several religious leaders and prominent personalities to get arrested.
* Hired a PR firm to train, book, and drive Sudan advocates like John Prendergast and Samantha Power into the mass media in the US and Europe. Together with our partner TrueMajority, we have achieved several major media hits with this approach.
* Provided advice and support to several other organizations working on Darfur, including the Genocide Intervention Fund, the Sudan Campaign, the Save Darfur Coalition, the National Council of Churches, TrueMajority, MTV and many others at international, national and local levels.
* Developed this website to inform several hundred thousand visitors, organize over 35,000 online and grass roots activists, and advocate on Darfur.
The Anatomy of Another Conspiracy
19 Feb 2008
Introduction

The Darfur region of Sudan first made headlines in February 2003 with news of massacres, rapes, mutilations, and other atrocities perpetrated by the Sudanese government and its allied armed Arab militia, the Janjaweed, against civilians in the black Arab and non-Arab south. Shortly thereafter, the Arab and Iranian media came out with reports explaining these events as the result of a conspiracy. The campaign was led by the most influential Arab and Iranian newspapers and TV channels, and was enhanced by leading Middle East religious figures, heads of state, members of academia, and other notable individuals.

According to these media reports, what was really happening in Darfur involved secret plans to create a Christian state in Sudan; a Jewish attempt to annex the African country to become part of Israel; a U.S. government effort to control Sudanese oil, uranium and other natural resources; plots by U.S. presidential candidates; and a U.S. government attempt to deflect attention from its actions in Iraq, as well as schemes by Jews, Freemasons, the United Nations, and the African Union. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion have also been cited as evidence to prove the existence of a conspiracy in Darfur.

As the conspiracy theories expanded, a new phenomenon developed – namely, downplaying and even denying the atrocities taking place in Darfur. The deniers have included the Sudanese and Iranian leaderships and the Arab government-controll ed media. It must be noted that this phenomenon is strikingly similar to Holocaust denial, and in fact, many proponents of the Darfur denial have been known to question the Holocaust.
The Sudanese Leadership and the "Darfur Conspiracy"
The Sudanese government, military, and religious establishment who stand behind the Janjaweed militias have been extremely vocal in spreading conspiracy theories about Darfur. Within a month of the first Western media reports of killings in Darfur, in 2003, Sudan's representative to the U.N. in Geneva, Ibrahim Mirghani Ibrahim, described these reports as a "total denial of reality."(1)

According to the Sudanese paper Al-Sahafa, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir said, during the opening session of the international "Mercy for All Creatures" conference in Khartoum in November 2007, that Western plots against Sudan have been ongoing since the land was occupied by the British, and that lust for Darfur's treasures was feeding the current crisis. Al-Bashir was quoted by Al-Sahafa as stating that the West was shoving its nose into Islam's affairs and punishing those who doubted the Nazi Holocaust, while giving legitimacy to insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad at the same time calling it freedom of expression. He added that the unholy alliance between the extreme Christian right and global Judaism was setting the Darfur conflict on fire.(2)

Sudanese presidential aide Majdhob Al-Khalifa was quoted by the Sudanese Media Center on August 23, 2007 alleging a conspiracy in Darfur. Al-Khalifa's statement focused on "U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.N., involved in what Al-Khalifa termed 'sabotage' and 'indiscriminately killing civilians and usurping the oil wealth of the region [of Darfur].' He cited as his evidence 'the Bush administration[ 's]... plan to create [the] Greater Middle East by dividing large Muslim states into tiny entities, according to a map released by an official U.S. army magazine."(3)

In a July 25, 2007 interview with the Saudi daily 'Okaz, Sudan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Muhammad Hussein Al-Naqb replied, when asked about "the infiltration of Jewish organizations in Darfur," that "over 24 Jewish organizations" were behind the international outrage about Darfur "through their control of the media and their influence over American and British circles..."( 4)

The secretary-general of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Ibrahim Ahmad Omar, told the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly in an interview published in the February 22-28, 2007 edition that "the West wants to see Darfur divided. This is the scheme adopted by Western foreign policy." He added, "The Americans cannot accept the fact that Sudan has large and very much unexploited oil reserves while it is not bowing to the will of Washington. They know that they cannot get this government to succumb to their wishes."

On the Zionists' "schemes" in Darfur, Omar commented: "Once Sudan is divided, Israel would get rid of this big Arab/Muslim country that is still calling it an enemy, and would have instead smaller entities [to contend with]," adding that Israel would be able to conduct relations with most of them. He continued: "The fact of the matter is that Sudanese public radio is still calling Israel the enemy." According to Omar, "this is a good reason why the Israelis and Zionist groups all over the world, especially in the U.S., are dedicating much attention to the issue of Darfur when it is not the only humanitarian crisis in the world..."(5)

Al-Jazeera TV: America is Behind Darfur Atrocities
Since its inception, Al-Jazeera TV has been influential in shaping the Arab world's opinion about current events such as Darfur. Dr. Mamoun Fandy, one of the world's leading scholars on Arab media, was highly critical of Al-Jazeera's reporting on Darfur in his authoritative new book (Un)Civil War of Words.(6)

Dr. Fandy quoted one observer of the Arab media as stating: "Al-Jazeera, notwithstanding the courage shown by its employees on battlefields in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine, did not send any of its correspondents to Darfur." Fandy elaborated on this by asking: "...Al-Jazeera aired the reports of Egyptian doctors returning from Darfur asserting there was no famine, rapes, or murders. Why did the benevolent Al-Jazeera fail to send any of its correspondents there, especially when its correspondents have gone into the heart of the battles of the murderers and transmitted their pictures as they hailed the Iraqi leader Saddam?"(7)

Al-Jazeera's role in spreading a distorted picture of Darfur was also evidenced by a program aired by the channel on October 23, 2007. The program's guests included Egyptian-American writer Magdi Khalil, who debated an Islamist sheikh on the situation in the Middle East. Khalil was highly critical of the program itself and of how the Arab media has reported on Darfur. The debate captured the essence of the overall issue of the "Darfur conspiracy" in the Arab media, with Khalil arguing that "the discourse coming out of the Arab and Islamic region is a disgrace. In Darfur and south Sudan, severe [human rights] violations occur – ethnic cleansing, the murder of millions, and rape – yet no one but the West exposes what is happening in south Sudan and Darfur. The New York Times was the first to raise this issue, and it is the West that is now defending the rights of the Muslims in Darfur... There is no justice at all in the Arab region. There is only criticism of any spark of
hope for international justice... They are used to condemning everything, and doing nothing but supporting terrorism and extremism."

The Al-Jazeera interviewer responded to Khalil by asking: "With regard to Darfur, are you trying to convince the Arab world that the 'American wolf,' as Dr. Al-Mubarak [the other guest] called him, is shedding a tear over what is happening in Darfur? It is the fragmentation of Sudan, the partitioning of Sudan – the partitioning of something that is already partitioned. There is oil in Darfur, and they don't care about all the Arabs and Muslims put together."

Khalil responded: "That's all nonsense. That deceiving propaganda is all around you – oil and all that... Do you know how much was spent on Iraq? Even if America were to take Iraq's oil for the next 200 years, it would not compensate for what it has spent on Iraq. You are used to spreading delusions, lies, and deceiving propaganda.. ."(8)

In another Al-Jazeera program, that aired on July 28, 2007, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan, Sheikh Sadeq Abadallah bin Al-Majed, was asked by the Al-Jazeera correspondent: "We are visiting you at a time when events in Darfur are casting a shadow on Sudan. I would like to ask you for your opinion about what is happening, and who is responsible for it..." Sheikh Al-Majed answered: "The West, and the Americans in particular, have been planning this for years... The reason is that they studied this region extensively – the Darfur region in particular – and realized that it is full of treasures, the likes of which have never been found elsewhere in Sudan." The Al-Jazeera correspondent then asked, "So in your opinion, the Americans are behind what is happening in Darfur?" The sheikh answered, "Yes. They are behind all the tragedies that are taking place in Darfur."(9)

A U.S. Government Conspiracy to Gain Control of Sudan’s Oil
In another Al-Jazeera TV report, one that covered a conference of Islamist leaders in Sudan and that aired July 3, 2007, Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood representative Dr. Hassan Al-'Audha told the audience, "America believes that it owns the oil discovered in Sudan. These are not my words. [Former U.S. president Jimmy] Carter declared some two years ago: 'We wanted the oil of Sudan to be used for the pleasure of the American people after 2005."(10)

Libyan leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi devoted much of his October 22, 2007 speech to Cambridge University students via video link to the issue of Darfur, saying: "The clash of interests between these powers has internationalized what was barely a tribal dispute." He added that what is really happening centers on "...superpowers who are interested in oil and other things."(11)

An editorial in the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly of July 29-August 4, 2004 stated: "The suspicion in the Arab world is that America's eagerness to intervene in Darfur is an American conspiracy to gain control of Sudanese oil."(12)

"Oiling the Wheels of Greed" was the title of another article on Darfur, in the Al-Ahram Weekly of May 31-June 6, 2007. Written by Gamal Nkrumah, the article discussed claims that what is really happening in Darfur is "part of America's strategy to lay its hands on Sudanese oil," and, furthermore, that "the imposition of American sanctions against Sudan should be viewed in the context of the increasingly fierce competition between the U.S. and China for control of Africa's oil wealth..."(13)

The leader of the Sudanese opposition Popular Congress Party, Sheikh Hassan Al-Turabi, who is Sudan's chief Islamist ideologue as well as an influential former parliamentary speaker, was quoted by the May 31-June 6, 2007 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly as stating that he was "convinced" that the "CIA" was involved in Darfur, and, more explicitly, that "the Americans are only interested in [Darfur’s] oil."(14)

A November 28, 2007 article titled "Israel in Darfur and National Arab Security," by Ahmad Hussein Al-Shimi, posted on the Sudanese Media Center website, enumerated Israel and U.S. conspiracies in Darfur, on issues ranging from supporting insurgents in Sudan to geography and oil. He depicted Darfur as "a great arena for settling conflicts and disputes between Arabs and Israel..."

He added: "Israeli/American interest and plans interlink in Darfur, to establish an independent state in western Sudan... besides establishing a technologically advanced military base under common American-British- Israeli observance, the purpose of which is to control security status and political interactions in Egypt, Sudan, Libya, African states, and the Red Sea. It also aims at protecting [the] oil pipeline that the U.S. is conducting negotiations to build, which shall be extending from Iraq, [via the] Gulf states, to the Red Sea, [and] then to Darfur province through Libya and Morocco, to the Atlantic Ocean... with coordination between U.S. intelligence and the Israeli Mossad. And Darfur insurgents aiming on destabilizing the province and creating chaos and terror within its ranks, also aims at obtaining international sympathy for deploying international forces in the province, to become a jumping point to get full control over the African Horn, which tallies with its
strategy and control on the new oil basin there... [I]t is clear that what is taking place on the ground uncovers Israeli/American intentions to support, first, separating the province from Sudan, and, later, to fragment Sudan and other African states, to give an overall deadly blow to the Arab national security..." (15)

A U.S. Presidential Election Conspiracy – In 2004 and 2008
Shortly before the 2004 U.S. presidential election, reports appeared in the Arab media claiming that what was happening in Darfur was actually a conspiracy to help President Bush win reelection. The Egyptian daily Al-Ahram Al-Arabi published an extensive investigative report by Dr. Amani Al-Tawil, titled "The Key to the American Voting Booths Is in Darfur: The Plot Which Is Called Oil," on June 31, 2004. In an interview on Saudi Al-Majd TV, on August 11, 2004, Sudanese Ambassador to Cairo Dr. Ahmad Abd Al-Halim spoke at length on Darfur and other issues, including the U.S. presidential elections, and explained that "extremist" voters in America wanted to transform Sudan into a Christian state.(16) In another report, the editor of the Egyptian government evening daily Al-Ahram Al-Masai, Mursi 'Atallah, explained in Al-Ahram on July 24, 2007 that the U.S.'s interest in Darfur was a ploy connected to the U.S. presidential elections, as well as an attempt by the U.S. to get
its hands on a large strategic reserve of uranium already found in Darfur.(17)

A U.S. Government/Zionist Conspiracy to Deflect Attention from Iraq
An April 20, 2007 editorial in the Egyptian government daily Al-Gomhouriya stated that the depiction of events in Darfur as a humanitarian tragedy was aimed at cloaking the West's campaign to redraw the map of the Arab world in accordance with its own interests as well as attempts to avert attention from Iraq and Palestine: "[A]t a time when, in Iraq, there are hundreds of Iraqis being killed every day under the nightmare of the American occupation, which has turned Baghdad into the capital of death... the issue of Darfur, which the West has described as a humanitarian tragedy, has become a cover for what is really being planned and carried out by the Western forces of hegemony and control in our Arab world. They aim to redraw the map [of the Arab world] in accordance with their interests and with the interests of Israel, without taking into account the true humanitarian crises that will be caused as a result."(18)

A Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, who also heads the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the International Council of Muslim Scholars, said in an interview published on September 10, 2004 in the Qatar daily Al-Sharq, "Look for the Zionists behind every disaster. We have found their fingers in Darfur."(19) In a September 1, 2007 interview with IslamOnline, Al-Qaradhawi said, in reference to Darfur, that the Western media "often make too much fuss about nothing," and added, "The Western media also wanted to drift attention away from the situations in Palestine [and] Iraq."(20)

The February 8-14, 2007 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly featured a cartoon of a blindfolded Sudanese man speaking into multiple microphones as behind him Uncle Sam carves up a bleeding map of Sudan, which hangs from a meat hook, as two dogs representing Israel and Britain lick their chops. Under the cartoon was an article titled "The Real Conspiracy," in which the author, Ayman Al-Amir, states that "it is safe to assume conspiracy is at work" in all conflicts in the Middle East that are perpetrated by Israel. He wrote: "Westerners have often scoffed at Arabs as conspiracy theory addicts. Throughout the 20th century, everything Arab nationalists suspected as a scheme by colonial powers against their interests and aspirations was dismissed as a figment of Arab imagination. ...Yet after decades of secrecy, declassified documents of confidential meetings, agreements, diplomatic correspondence, and reports, from the early years of the last century to the mid-1990s, reveal that the
stretch of Arab imagination is much narrower than the scope of the conspiracy." (21)

Ahmad Hussein Al-Shimi explained in his November 28, 2007 article on the website of the Sudanese Media Center: "The strategic importance of Darfur is not only of great interest to the U.S., it is [of interest] to Israel too, [which] hides behind [its provision of] humanitarian help to execute its secret plans... Israel aims on achieving two goals: [to draw attention to the fact] that it is giving humanitarian help for peoples suffering from tragedies... [and to create a] distraction. .. from the drastic human conditions Palestinians are living in [in the] occupied territories, and to guide the attention of the human society to Darfur..."

The influential former editor of the London Arabic daily Al-Hayat, Jihad Al-Khazen, wrote on April 13, 2007 that while killing in the Darfur region was indeed taking place, "the Israel lobby" was to blame for making the situation out to be worse than it actually is. In a piece headlined "Since the Victims Are Arabs and Muslims," Al-Khazen wrote: "In New York, Darfur is the most important issue in the world, or at least this is what the resident or visitor sees and hears. From subway tunnels to the streets, there are thousands of posters talking about 'genocide' and 400,000 people killed." However, he argued, "the lobby to save Darfur" is inflating the casualty count. "Darfur is a terrible humanitarian disaster that should not be played down. I am not doing that myself. However, the United Nations itself said that 200,000 were killed and that what had been committed there were war crimes, not genocide." According to Al-Khazen, "the lobby to save Darfur is just the Israel
lobby renamed. The goal is to divert attention from Israel's crimes, or [from] the catastrophe of the war in Iraq."(22)

In a September 27, 2007 article in Al-Hayat, Al-Khazen wrote a nearly identical article on "the Israel lobby" and Darfur – but with a new ending: "...In Darfur, the victims are Muslims. There are 200,000 Muslims killed by Muslims. This lobby, whether of Israel or Darfur, does not defend them. It just makes use of them as a smokescreen to obscure the other crimes stretching from Palestine to Iraq. The Israeli lobby, after all, has been very active in the pursuit of war, and still defends it; i.e. still supports killing youth of the U.S. in an unjustified war to protect Israel's security..." (23)

The Iranian press has also spread conspiracy theories about Darfur. An Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) article titled "Zionist Regime Uses 'Darfur Crisis' as Distraction" focused on how the Zionists are using the events in Darfur to deflect attention away from their own activities against the Palestinians. It reported that "the powerful American Jewish lobby which tightly controls the American Congress" was behind "a high-profile propaganda campaign" about Darfur, while at the same time targeting Muslims.(24)

A Christian-Zionist Conspiracy
In a February 3, 2005 interview on Saudi government Channel 1 TV, Saudi journalist Suheila Hammad discussed how Darfur is a Christian conspiracy: "By Allah, this is a conspiracy.. . There is a conspiracy in Sudan – Sudan is being divided so that Darfur will become a secular state, independent from Sudan, [and] the south will become a Christian state..."(25)

In the Tehran Times of July 13, 2005, Hassan Hanzadeh wrote: "The war in southern Sudan and the Darfur crisis have caused serious economic and political problems... In the region, neighboring countries [have], with the help of the Zionist regime which is trying to weaken African Muslim countries by triggering civil wars, tried to dismember the great African Islamic country of Sudan by arming the Sudanese rebels. Their main objective is to create a Christian country on the banks of the Nile in order to end the domination of Egypt and Sudan over the world's longest river."(26)

Darfur Denial
As conspiracy theories about Darfur within the Arab and Iranian media have expanded, a new phenomenon has developed – downplaying and even denying the killings, rapes, and displacements taking place. The deniers range from the Sudanese and Iranian leadership to the Arab government-owned and controlled media.

Reports from the Iranian press on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad' s March 2007 meeting in Sudan with the Sudanese leadership quoted him as expressing pleasure at the country's "tranquility. " Referring to Darfur, he said: "There is no place in the world that suffers from divisions and wars unless America or the Zionists' fingerprints are seen there."(27) According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting news network, Ahmadinejad urged Islamic states to thwart such "conspiracies. "(28)

In an earlier meeting between top Iranian and Sudanese officials, on January 15, 2007, Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Muhammed Hussein claimed during a visit to Tehran that what was happening in Darfur was really a "satanic plot" by "the U.S. and Israeli regimes, [which] are working hard to incite the conflict."(29)

In a September 20, 2007 IRNA story headlined "Bashir Reveals Zionist Plot in Darfur," Sudanese President Al-Bashir lambasted "a Zionist plot to dismember his country and plunder its resources... particularly its oil reserves, and then place it under a de facto U.N. trusteeship. .." He said: "Humanitarian agencies are exaggerating the extent of the suffering of Darfur civilians to secure increased funding."

On February 24, 2007, President Al-Bashir told conferees at the Nation of Islam conference in Detroit, via satellite link, that America is "exaggerating troubles in Darfur" so that it can control the country as it has Iraq. His comments were broadcast live on Sudanese state television.( 30)

When International Criminal Court prosecutors first filed warrants against Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmad Haroun and a Janjaweed leader, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd Al-Rahman (also known as Ali Kushayb), Sudanese President Al-Bashir called the allegations of crimes against humanity in Darfur a "fabrication" in a March 19, 2007 interview on NBC TV.

Sudanese Media Center deputy editor Dr. Jassim Taqui stated on August 23, 2007: "There is absolutely no truth in the Western propaganda that Sudan violates human rights in Darfur..." In an interview with the Pakistan Observer, Dr. Ismail Al-Haj Musa said, "[O]ne should not be misled by the Western false propaganda against Sudan and Islam..." Musa maintained that Darfur problem had found broad publicity in the Western media – "which complicated the problem and finding a solution for it..."(31)

An editorial in the July 29-August 4 2004 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly criticized those who claimed that "the Sudanese government is undertaking operations of ethnic cleansing against the inhabitants of Darfur, and especially against non-Arab tribes."


Arab Intellectuals Criticize Darfur Conspiracies, Denounce Denial
While the conspiracies surrounding Darfur within the Arab and Iranian media continue unabated, many leading Arab intellectuals have strongly denounced those who spread them, as well as those who are denying the atrocities taking place.

On June 24, 2004, the former editor of the London Arabic daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, and presently Al-Arabiya TV director Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, published an op-ed about the Arab press's indifference to Darfur: "They are not the victims of Israeli or American aggression; therefore, they are not an issue for concern. This is how an approach of indifference toward others outside the circle of conflict with foreigners, and of permitting their murder, is spread as you read and write about the Darfur crisis... Is the life of 1,000 people in western Sudan less valuable, or is a single killed Palestinian or Iraqi of greater importance, merely because the enemy is Israeli or American? ...As for Arab intellectuals. .. who consider any blood not spilled in conflicts with foreigners to be cheap and its spilling to be justifiable – they are intellectual accomplices in the crime..."(32)

An article titled "The Arab Silence on Darfur Revisited," by Abu Khawla, former chair of the Tunisian section of Amnesty International, captured the position of many Arab reformists critical of the Arab media's coverage of Darfur. The article, which appeared on the liberal Arabic website Middle East Transparent on December 22, 2004, stated: "The catastrophe unfolding these days in Darfur... is considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis in the world... [Former U.N. secretary-]general Kofi Anan described the matter as a collective massacre of civilians... In contrast, a deafening silence was observed throughout the Arab world on the horrendous crime being committed by their fellow Arabs in Sudan..."(33)

As columnist Diana Mukkaled eloquently wrote in a July 5, 2007 article titled "The Devil on Horseback," in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: "The Arabs and their media are split over Darfur. There are people who see the issue as 'a grand conspiracy.' Others tend to hold the view that it contains clear bias against non-Arabs, considering that the Darfur issue involves African tribes. This view holds that the accusations are made against some Arab tribes in Darfur, so the Arab media have not been concerned with the issue of human rights of the Africans there... It is sad to see the frightening extent which our lack of humanity has reached."

In his book (Un)Civil War of Words,(34) Dr. Mamoun Fandy wrote: "In the case of the Darfur atrocities, we find that Arab media have demonstrated little interest in moving the issue to the forefront of political debates in the Arab street as Iraq and Palestine have been... Many media outlets, instead of presenting the Darfur issue as a crisis characterized by genocide and human suffering, transformed the issue into a question of imperialism. The Darfur story, as told by the Arab media, was a problem of Western intervention, of which the government of Sudan was a victim. For example, a commentator wrote in Egypt's Akhbar Al-Youm: 'George Bush and Tony Blair... are now both planning another adventure in Africa, this time in Sudan's Darfur, with different pretexts from those they used in the invasion of Iraq.'"(35)

Fandy also wrote, "In a late response to the atrocities of Darfur, the Union of Arab Journalists pledged to produce a report on the truth behind the crisis in Sudan – an implicit recognition that little has been done by the Arab media to investigate the story. The head of the delegation dispatched to compile the report expressed in a statement his support for the 'unity' of Sudan, and condemned 'visible and covert foreign interventions in Darfur.'"(36)

In a May 2006 article that appeared on multiple websites titled "Why Are We Muslims So Silent on Darfur?" Muslim Canadian Congress Communications director Tarek Fatah wrote: "This line of thinking – that Jews have somehow stolen the issue of Darfur's genocide by actively campaigning against it – has been making the rounds in cyberspace and needs a rebuttal. The fact that more than 200,000 Darfurians, almost all of them Muslim, have been killed in an ongoing genocide [and] the fact that more than a million Muslim Darfurians are displaced refugees living in squalor and fear appears not to have registered with the leadership of traditional Muslim organizations and mosques..."

Fatah quoted El-Fadl El-Sharif, a Muslim Sudanese Canadian who organized a massive rally in Canada on Darfur, as saying, "It is nonsense to suggest that the death, destruction and suffering of the Darfurian people is imaginary, or that Zionists are using us as propaganda.. . [T]he Sudanese government-backed militias are the people who are killing their fellow Sudanese. The tragedy is that it is Muslims who are killing other Muslims..."( 37)

An October 5, 2006 article in the Sudan Tribune on Darfur, titled "Pathological Delusions," by Sudanese human rights activist and writer Ahmad Elzobeir, criticized the political culture in the Middle East that, he said, has "created an atmosphere that encourages conspiracy theories to thrive." In the Middle East, Elzobeir stated, "fiction [is] transformed into a reality; illusions become facts, lies become truth, people, elites and media [have] accepted the endless set of conspirac[y] theories that explain miraculously everything. In such [a] political climate, where Islamic fundamentalist[ s] dominate the political and theological agenda of the whole region, political dogma and terror [have] replaced any meaningful dialogue between competing ideas. Free, moderate-thinking Muslims and progressive secular liberal views [are] rejected and terrorized into hiding. Conspiracy theory has been adopted to fill the gap as the theory of every 'thing.'"

Elzobier was particularly critical of the accusation that the "Jews are behind everything," including "the case of Darfur": "To consolidate the Jewish conspiracy theory claims, the infamous document of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion [has been] adopted as a gospel truth, although after World War II and the Holocaust most of the world has generally rejected claims that these protocols could represent factual evidence of a real Jewish conspiracy. The exception to this is the Middle East, where large numbers of Arabs and Muslims regimes and leaders have endorsed them as authentic."

Elzobeir's conclusion put the entire issue of the Darfur conspiracy in context: "The reality remains that [those who are] suffering in Darfur [have] moved the conscience of the world and troubled their humanity; [people] are protesting simply because they care. The government of Sudan has consistently failed to resolve peacefully its own problem, [so] the international community has [been] left with no option other than to act to protect civilians in Darfur. If there is a conspiracy [that] needs to be figured out, I guess the nasty mindset that compels this government to commit such horrible crimes [against] its own people will be an obvious candidate."
Save Darfur and kick racists off the IMC
20 Feb 2008
Racist: "The so-called Save Darfur Coalition, is in fact made up of right-wing U.S. Christian evangelicals and Zionists, such as the Christian National Association of Evangelicals and the
American Jewish World Service."

It also consists of such "right wing" groups as the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA Society), Amnesty International USA, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Citizens for Global Solutions and that bastion of Zionism, the NAACP.


Do you want me to list more? Maybe you can read?
http://www.savedarfur.org/pages/organizational_members


And for your information, the Jewish World Service is as progessive as any organization
http://www.ajws.org/what_we_do/

"we fund hundreds of grassroots organizations working to promote health, education, economic development, disaster relief, and social and political change in the developing world. We work with women, youth, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, indigenous people, refugees and IDPs and people living with HIV/AIDS."


Yep. very right wing.

Are Jewish organizations involved in the Save Darfur campaign? Damn straight we are. We've been involved in many single civil/human rights campaigns - because one of the halllmarks of Judiasm is "Tikkun Olam"- saving the world. We take "Never Again" very very seriously. We have seen what happens when the world is silent
According to HRW, China is Behind much of the issues in the Sudan
21 Feb 2008
Now that we've gotten that straightened out: Here is the real culprit:

CHINA’S INVOLVEMENT IN SUDAN: ARMS AND OIL

China’s need for oil reserves for its growing domestic economy has caused its government to pursue investments in many countries of marginal stability and democracy, but its greatest oil success abroad has been in Sudan.

China was not new to Sudan. By the time it invested in GNPOC in December 1996, it was already a familiar arms dealer to many Sudanese governments. The Nimeiri government (1969-85) bought weapons from China. But these purchases rose in the 1990s due to Sudan’s internal war and the promise of improved finances and enhanced international credit derived from its oil potential.

Weapons deliveries from China to Sudan since 1995 have included ammunition, tanks, helicopters, and fighter aircraft. China also became a major supplier of antipersonnel and antitank mines after 1980, according to a Sudanese government official.1387 The SPLA in 1997 overran government garrison towns in the south, and in one town alone, Yei, a Human Rights Watch researcher saw eight Chinese 122 mm towed howitzers, five Chinese-made T-59 tanks, and one Chinese 37 mm anti-aircraft gun abandoned by the government army.1388

Human Rights Watch concluded that while China’s motivation for this arms trade appeared to be primarily economic, China made available easy financing for some of these arms purchases.1389
Thanks for keeping this conversation somewhat civil
21 Feb 2008
While as editors, we make sure to hide/delete any racists comments made on this site, the Darfur crisis (the genocide, the interests of China and the US on its resources) deserves informed debate. We'll try to continue monitoring these comments while trying not to clamp on the discussion.
pot/kettle/black
21 Feb 2008
Like the famous rabbi said, they should pluck the neam from their own eye before they try to pluck the mote out of somebody else's.
This isn't about Zionism. This is about 400,000 Dead in darfur
21 Feb 2008
Re: Eye plucking

So is your implication that we should leave this to the Darfurians alone to handle?
They have no resources, no food, no electricity.

How are they goingto handle this without outside intervention?
The same way the Rwandians did?
Eye plucking
21 Feb 2008
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The genocidalstarvation campaign has left Gaza with no resources, no food, no electricity.

How are they going to handle this without outside intervention ?

The same way the hezbolla did ?

We should send 26,000 troops to protest Gazans from the genocidal Ganjaweed smoking IDF ( Israeli destruction Forces)

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Ya know what Einstein said about doing the same thing over and over?
23 Feb 2008
There is no INVASION of Sudan. There are overworked underpaid, poorly equipped UN peacekeepeers there.

No Jewish group is calling for an "invasion".
You are being deleted because you are a lying racist.

For good info on Darfur see:

savedarfur.org/

www.darfurgenocide.org/

www.eyesondarfur.org/

www.hrw.org/reports/2004/sudan0504/


Jewish groups were activel in the 1960's civil rights movement. So are civil rights for African Americans just another aspect of the Zionist conspiracy?
I guess so.
First things first
23 Feb 2008
Palestine has been occupied, and Palestinians have been oppressed, for decades. In a world where the opponants of oppression have limited resources, we must set our priorities. Palestine has dibs. Save Palestine, then we can worry about Darfur.
Save darfur: Its not too Late
25 Feb 2008
400,000 dead. 10,000 dying each month. 2 MILLION in exile.
I know my priorities.
Save Darfur. Its not too late.
How Israel treats Sudanese refugees
26 Feb 2008
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/24/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Refugees.php

Olmert orders authorities to remove thousands of African asylum seekers by weekend

The Associated Press
Sunday, February 24, 2008

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday directed Israeli authorities to deport thousands of African asylum seekers who have sneaked into Israel though the Egyptian border and whose lives would not be endangered if sent home, his office said.

The statement said the Africans should be expelled from Israel by the end of the week.

Asylum seekers have been infiltrating in larger numbers over the past year. More than 7,000 — mostly from Africa — have entered the country illegally through its border with Egypt, including more than 2,000 this year alone, said Michael Bavly, a representative in Israel of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Their route has been treacherous. On Sunday, Egyptian forces shot and killed an African woman who was trying to cross the border into Israel, a medical official said.

Five other Africans — two women and three men from Sudan, Eritrea and Ivory Coast — have been shot dead by Egyptian troops in separate incidents near the Egypt-Israel border since late January. They were believed to have paid hundreds of dollars to human traffickers to help them cross into Israel.

The vast majority of them are from Sudan — including southern Sudan, where a 22-year conflict left 2.5 million people dead, as well as Darfur, where a rebellion has cost more than 200,000 civilian lives and made 2.5 million homeless and Eritrea, where the fled forced conscription into the army for life.

This year, Israel granted temporary residency status to 600 refugees from Darfur. It also recognized about 2,000 infiltrators from Eritrea whose lives would be endangered if sent home. Israel plans to deport the other 4,500, officials said, many of whom came from countries like Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.

Olmert convened a meeting Sunday with Cabinet ministers to discuss the infiltration and ways of preventing it. He ordered security officials to tighten supervision of the Egyptian border and directed officials to expedite the processing of those seeking asylum, to decide which were just seeking work and could be deported. He instructed his top aide to present a daily progress report on the matter.

Bavly said Israel, as the only land bridge between Africa and Europe, was an attractive destination for those seeking escape. He said most were not refugees, but people searching for jobs and a better life.

Hedva Radovanitz, associate director of the New Israel Fund, a foundation supporting the African refugees in Israel, said she doubted the government would begin deporting anyone in such a short period.

"Each case needs to be evaluated individually," she said. "Israel cannot deport anyone before going through a process."
More Zionism in Action: Israeli kibbutz shelters African refugees
26 Feb 2008
Zionism to make us proud: Kibbutz shelters Darfur refugees

By Nurit Wurgaft

Two teenage refugees who escaped the massacre in Darfur traveled via Cairo, Sinai and Israeli jail to finally find refuge at Kibbutz Tse'elim. 'This is our family,' the two say, but their future is still very uncertain

When they arrived at Kibbutz Tse'elim, M. was surprised. Not because the kibbutz was so different from anything else he'd seen but, on the contrary, because this little spot in the middle of the desert, with cowsheds and chicken coops, reminded him of Kelkel, the village where he was born in the Darfur region of Sudan. "I expected everything in Israel to be Western and strange, and to see only large cities," he says.

Another surprise awaited him when he was invited to drink tea in the kibbutz's Bedouin tent. The tent reminded him very much of the refugee villages he had passed on his way, but the smell of smoke from the campfire and the taste of the tea that was cooked there reminded him of home. When his friend, A., who is also from Darfur, explained to him that the tent was a tourist attraction, M. burst out laughing. It was the first time he had laughed for many days.

M., who is 16, managed to escape when his village was attacked almost three years ago by Arab militias. Like many others, he wandered from village to village and town to town until he reached the capital, Khartoum. There he was told by a group of survivors that his parents, sister and two brothers had not been so lucky; they had all been killed.

M. who was only 14 at the time, began working in a supermarket, in the fish department. He worked there for seven months until he was arrested by the local police on suspicion of participating in a demonstration against government policy on the Darfur refugees.

He had actually not participated in the demonstration and was released after interrogation, but he was scared of staying in the city and so he asked the friends with whom he was living, also refugees from Darfur, to help him get to Egypt. There, he was told, it was easier to get by and he could request refugee status from the United Nations. His friends helped him attain a forged passport. One of them, a truck driver, drove him close to the border and from there he took a boat to Aswan and then a train to Cairo. All the money he had saved from working in the supermarket went on this journey.

On arrival in Cairo, he found refuge with an elderly person from Darfur who had been living for decades in Egypt and who continued to help refugees from his country by opening his home to them. M. stayed there for three days until he found work and a place to live. He lived in the Egyptian capital for a year and four months and then went to el-Arish in Sinai. From there, he was told, it was easy to cross the border into Israel which is a more refugee-friendly country.

On his last stop on the way to Israel, he met A., another young refugee from Darfur. "We were the only two Africans there," M. says. "He asked me where I came from and I told him, and from that moment we realized we were from the same tribe and we started traveling together."

Sleeping on the stairs

The story of A., who is 17, is very similar to that of his friend. He fled for his life, along with his family, when his home village of Kurma was attacked in 2003. His first stop was at a refugee camp in a nearby village, Nalma, where they arrived one night after a massacre in that village. "Everyone was dead there," he says. "There were men, women and children and we saw all the bodies. There were many bodies. I saw my father was in shock. He was never the same after that." A few days later, the camp where they were staying was attacked. In the flight from the camp at night, A. lost touch with his parents, brothers and sisters, and to this day has no idea whether they survived or what happened to them.

Like M., he joined a long stream of survivors who stayed alive, he says, thanks to the generosity of the villagers they encountered on their way. "Everywhere they gave us food and water, and some of the people stayed in those villages." He continued on foot and hitch-hiking until he reached Khartoum, where he was given board and lodging by some workers in a bakery from Darfur. He might have stayed there but the situation became more complicated and unsafe as increasing numbers of refugees streamed into the city, he says. He himself was captured by a group that held him prisoner for eight days, during which they gave him no food and beat him. When he was released, his friends from the bakery were able to help him get to Cairo.

In Cairo, he slept on the stairs of the UN center for refugees, along with hundreds of other refugees like him. Food, he says, was not a problem because those who worked and earned something shared their food with those who had none. But he was unable to find work. That is why, when he was offered work in el-Arish, he immediately jumped at it. He worked with two other people for a month, taking care of the home of a businessman there, until they discovered their employer had no intention of paying them. An argument broke out during which the employer took out a revolver. The threat had the desired effect and they fled to Israel.

'Let them send us to Sinai'

M. and A. were caught together while they were trying to cross the border in September 2005 and were taken together to jail. I first met them both three months ago, in the Tsohar jail for illegal migrants in the western Negev. M. did not smile then, and he hardly spoke. His older friend, A., who was suspicious and bitter, spoke for them both. "Tell them they should send us to Sinai, or even return us to Darfur. We can't live in jail," he told me. The pattern of behavior between them was already clear then: A., who was older and knew English, acted like a kind of older brother to M. and even called M. "my little brother." At that time, they had been in prison for three months and 20 days, and it took another two months and 20 days for them to be released.

When jail got really bad, the two declared a hunger strike together; in response, the prison authorities separated them. The one time that M., normally introverted and quiet, lost his cool and tried to resist the policemen, was the day they tried to put him back in his cell alone. The price for him was a broken left arm, which has not yet completely healed. For A., it meant a weekend in the Ofek prison for juvenile delinquents, which was accompanied, he says, by a terrible fear - "I didn't care where they took me but I was afraid M. would lose heart and do something to himself."

That is why, when the possibility was raised that the two of them could leave the prison together, A. was not very interested in the minute details. "They told me a kibbutz is an agricultural place and that I would have to work," he says. "I actually liked that because I know about rural life." But the truth is that he did not think about anything other than freedom. For that reason, he says honestly, it is difficult for him to remember his first impression of the man with the white hair who today is his guardian on the kibbutz, Yankele Geffen. "I looked at him and I thought only 'this is the man who can get me out of jail,'" he says.

Geffen remembers two sad-looking youths who did not smile, hardly spoke and merely nodded in response to his explanations about kibbutz life. When their release took longer than expected, and they once again declared a hunger strike, he went to the prison and persuaded them to stop, and even brought candies for them. A. agreed to end the strike and convinced his friend to do the same. Two days later, they were on the kibbutz.

Curious youth

Only when he realized that the prison chapter in his life had ended, did A. find time to wonder about what kind of place he had come to. The first time he entered the communal dining room, he was amazed. "I had never seen such a big kitchen where food was prepared for everyone," A. says. It still surprises him, he says. In his house, he says, they would eat only corn and meat prepared in different ways. "Here there are all kinds of food that I don't know. But every day I try something different."

Yankele Geffen tried to explain to the curious youth how the kibbutz works, and used terms such as commune, socialism and collectivism. A. says: "I thought at first it was like we had in Kurma where every family enlisted together to work in everyone else's fields. But there every family had its own field. Here the cowshed is not Yankele's and the chicken coop where I work does not belong to the person in charge of the work there. I still can't understand how it can be and to whom all this belongs, but I hope to understand as time goes by."

At the beginning, he says, "They stared at us a lot. Not because of our color but because here everyone knows everyone else and we were new." After a week, they were already familiar enough for jokes to be made at their expense. "Now you're important people," someone from the next table says. "When you are finished being photographed for the newspaper, maybe you'll come and sit with us?"

Tse'elim is a kibbutz like in the old days: It's not very rich, hasn't been privatized and still exists mainly from agriculture. The initiative to adopt the Sudanese boys came from Yankele and Shulamit Geffen. They are both kibbutz members, aged 58, both work - Yankele in the cowshed and Shulamit in the clinic - and they have four children and five grandchildren. Four years ago, they took in a refugee youth from Chad and so were not surprised when Sharon Harel from the UN center for refugees appealed to them for help with the Sudanese youths.

A special obligation

But it is not just them; the entire kibbutz is lending a hand. The secretary solved the bureaucratic difficulties, one woman volunteered to teach them Hebrew and another to take care of their daily needs. "Someone has to supervise that they are eating properly and that they don't lack for anything," says Shulamit. Yankele says that "it's not an easy thing for the kibbutz to absorb the youths but here everyone helps. I'm proud of my kibbutz."

Why do they do it? "Because we can't just stand on the sidelines," says Yankele. "As Jews, as people who were themselves refugees that no one wanted, we have a special obligation not to look the other way but to take care of those who have fled from the valley of death." He believes the state should care more for refugees in its midst and absorb them like it absorbed the Vietnamese boat refugees in the 1980s.

Nevertheless, the word adoption arouses reservations. "What is important is to get them out of jail. Freedom is what is important, they don't really need the adoption process." Perhaps. But judging by their behavior in the family's home after only one week, the youths feel very much at home there. They ask Shulamit to prepare their favorite drink (chocolate) and run off to play with the computer when the adults are talking. "This is our family," A. says with unabashed pride.

Last week they met the refugee youth from Chad for the first time when he returned to Tse'elim from the boarding school where he is studying. There was an immediate click between the three and he remained to sleep with the two youngsters in their apartment. The youth from Chad was concerned at first, Shulamit says, "and said that he was jealous. I told him: 'Don't worry; now you are the big brother and they are your little brothers.'"

Meanwhile, A. is working regularly in the chicken coop and after only a few days will explain knowingly that "we don't have avian flu here. We know the death rate has not gone up here." In his home village, they also raised chickens, he says, but there everything was done by hand while "here the machines give them feed and water and I just check the machines and make sure the chickens are okay."

M. is not working yet because of his bad arm, which is in plaster from wrist to shoulder. "When A. goes to work, I sometimes feel lonely," he says. "I don't speak the language so the only thing I can do is sit and watch TV until he comes back. I'm just waiting for my hand to be okay so that I can join him at work."

The tranquillity they have found in kibbutz life is marred only by thoughts about their future. The two have been given nine months to stay here; after that, their fate is not clear and depends to a large extent on the decisions of the refugee committee and the interior minister. "I think about the future all the time; it disturbs me a lot but it's not in my hands," says A. "If it were up to me, I'd like to study. I studied nine years in the school in my village and I was a good pupil, especially in science. I'd like to study biochemistry. Malaria is a serious problem in Africa and I'd like to be able to participate in research and find ways to get rid of it."

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Israel absorbing Sudanese refugees
26 Feb 2008
The Sudan is a fundemaentalist Islamic country still in a state of war with Israel- that makes Israel's actions even more remarkable.


Jerusalem - Israel said Wednesday that it would grant citizenship to several hundred refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan, following a burgeoning debate over how to handle the influx of refugees from the war-torn African nation into Israel.

Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said he would work with the United Nations to set a quota for granting citizenship to Darfurian refugees in Israel, who number between 300 and 500.

"Israel, with its history, must offer assistance," Mr. Sheetrit told a gathering of activists in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv. "It can't stand by and shut its eyes. But a quota must be set."

Advocacy groups say that up to 1,700 refugees and economic migrants from Sudan are now in Israel – about 1,200 of whom have come in during the past six months alone across the loosely guarded border between Egypt and Israel.

Israel's decision was met with praise from groups that have come to the aid of the refugees. But most expressed concern that the decision was limited to those from Darfur, and that Israel was not examining all its applicants for refugee status individually.

"We commend this decision and we're very glad that someone who, a year ago, was considered an infiltrator from an enemy country will now be treated like a regular immigrant coming from abroad," says Romm Lewkowicz, the spokesman for the Hotline for Migrant Workers, one of the foremost Israeli groups aiding the Sudanese refugees. Sudan's Islamic government remains hostile toward Israel.

"But we don't think that these decisions should be based on the goodwill of this minister or that," he says. "Israel should evaluate on a case-by-case basis, in line with international refugee conventions that Israel has signed. We still have an article of law saying Israel won't check individual cases of any refugee or migrant coming from an enemy country, and so long as this still holds, we haven't achieved our main goals."

Israel to donate $5 million to Darfur refugees

Foreign ministry receives recommendation to donate millions in aid, equipment to victims of Darfur genocide

Itamar Eichner
Published: 05.09.07, 10:14 / Israel News

The Foreign Ministry will donate NIS 20 million ($5 million) to victims of genocide in Darfur, Sudan, following a recommendation presented by Daniel Miron, head of the Ministry’s Human Rights Division.


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“Israel cannot stand by while such a severe humanitarian crisis is taking place - the most severe in the world today - without trying to reach out and help,” he said.


Miron headed the team in the ministry responsible for compiling the recommendations for aid.


Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich is expected to hold several meetings regarding the proposed donation.


According to the recommendation, Israel will transfer NIS 16 million ($4 million) to four international aid organizations, and purchase $1 million worth of medicine and water desalination equipment from Israeli companies, which would be given to the refugees.


In addition, the ministry’s Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV) intends on establishing a camp in Kenya where two Israeli doctors will be sent in order to care for hundreds of patients.
This thread is about darfur
26 Feb 2008
This thread is about Darfur. Why are people trying to turn it into yet another discussion of Israel?

ANd why does the above poster think Israel with 25% of its people already living below the poverty level, has ANY obligation at all to take in refugees from a country at war with her?

And why is your criticism ONLY directed at Israel? The oil rich nations have the capacity to deal with this refugee problem- yet they refuse. Egypt shots and kills Darfurian refugees- yet Israel gets criticized. Why? Its ok for 56 Islamic states to abandon the refugees from darfur, yet the world seems to think Israel is obligated to take them in? Why is that?

And why do the refugees "know" that Israel is a safe destination? I guess they don't read Indymedia, huh?
There they go aagin
27 Feb 2008
>Why are people trying to turn it into yet another discussion of Israel?

Because, with typical Zionist hypocrisy, the supporters of Israel are using Darfur to distract our attention from their war crimes against the people of Palestine.
Darfur is not a distraction
28 Feb 2008
sakali_camp_nyala_darfur.jpe
So we should ignore 400,000 deaths in Darfur?
Is that your suggestion?
5,000 Israelis and Palestinians have been killed , but 400,000 Sudanese just aren't as important?

Why?
Is it because they are African?
Is it because they are black?
"Darfur is not a distraction"
28 Feb 2008
Modified: 08:39:22 AM
(1.) "Distraction" and "genocide" are not antonyms

(2.) When people whose core ideology is based on ethnic cleansing accuse somebody else of genocide, yeah, it's a distraction. That's how they are using it. What the events in Darfur actually are, or are not, is a separate issue. What the Zionist propaganda mill is doing with it is trying to distract you from their own racist imperialism, while simultaneously trying to make all Muslims look bad because a tiny handful do evil. This is no different than persecuting all Jews because a tiny handful are sick, evil, twisted, international banksters. It's racism, pure and simple. But what else can we expect from Zionists. Zionists are racist by definition. Like their mentors, the Nazis, before them, they believe that Jews should be treated differently than non Jews, and the are willing and able to use deadly force to enforce their belief on the world.

(3.) When we hear complaints about the Janjaweed from people who are not equally guilty, if not more so, of ethnic cleansing themselves, we take them seriously. This is not such a case.
Stop the genocide in Darfur
28 Feb 2008
Modified: 01:41:35 PM
"When people whose core ideology is based on ethnic cleansing accuse somebody else of genocide, yeah, it's a distraction."


The Save darfur coalition includes the NAACP. Amnesty international. American Humanist Association. American Islamic Congress. Hundreds others. Yes there are "Jewish" organizations. Your racism shows when you conflate "Jewish" with Israeli, or "Jewish" with any political agenda. You have no idea how offensive that is. There is no unified or monolithic Jewish agenda. There are Jewish anarchists. Jewish Greens. Jewish Democrats and Jewish republicans. There are black jews, Asian Jews and white Jews. There are working class Jews and there are wealthy Jews. There are anti-Israel Jews and pro-Israel Jews.
You need to realize this: Jewish involvement means nothing more than Black involvement or Asian involvement or any other group. Stop with the stereotyping. Its so 1950's.




(3.) When we hear complaints about the Janjaweed from people who are not equally guilty, if not more so, of ethnic cleansing themselves, we take them seriously.


Yeah Right. So why aren't you taking Amnesty International or the NAACP seriously?

Look what the poster or series of posters has done in an effort to distract IMC readers- don't fall for it. The atrocities of the Sudan stand on their own. Often I wonder if the people trying to minimalize the tragedies in Africa are white supremicists. i can think of very few reasons why 2 million people in exile, and 400,000 dead are not in themselves movtiving humanity, other than the color of those dying.

Would you be more sympathetic if the dead of Darfur looked like you?
Then you are a racist.
Do you care about Israeli and Palestinian dead because they are white? Do you not care about the dead of Africa becuase they are black?
Then you are a racist.
"So why aren't you taking Amnesty International or the NAACP seriously?"
29 Feb 2008
Amnesty International and the NAACP are not using my tax money to oppress people.
Save Darfur 400,000 dead, 2 million in exile
29 Feb 2008
The Jewish World Service isn't using your tax dollars either.

You don't even see your own racism. You hear "Jewish" you think "Israeli".
Yes, Jewish organizations are helping educate people regarding Darfur. That doesn't make it a Zionist conspiracy.

We had a big Save Darfur event a few months back- I invited a friend of mine to go- a social rights activist well known in the community. She wouldn't go- her logic"I'm an identified zionist. Having me there might detract from your goals and fuel the genocide apologists".

I don't know if thats typical, but its disturbing- and its because of racists like you.

Meanwhile: Back in Darfur:

Britain Calls for Sudan to End Bombing

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called Friday for Sudan to speed up the deployment of peacekeepers to Darfur and to end aerial bombing in the troubled region's western districts.

Miliband said the international community is united in the need for a hybrid United Nations-African Union force, but the effort is stalled by a lack of necessary support from Khartoum.

"The government of Sudan has to facilitate (peacekeepers') entry in sufficient numbers and ensure they can do their job properly," Miliband said in a speech to students at prestigious Peking University on the final day of his visit to China.

Sudan must also end the "terrible bombings in West Darfur," Miliband said, referring to a fresh offensive by government soldiers and Arab militiamen against rebels in the war-torn region where hundreds of thousands have been killed in bombings and raids by militias.

At least 12,000 refugees have fled to Chad this month to escape the escalating violence, the U.N. says, while renewed aerial bombardments by the Sudanese government in West Darfur are endangering tens of thousands of civilians.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission to Darfur, UNAMID, was launched in January. It has been tasked with preventing such violence but still lacks most of the 26,000 peacekeepers planned for the mission.
"The Jewish World Service isn't using your tax dollars either"
01 Mar 2008
The Jewish World Service fails to condemn Zionism. Ergo, they are Zionists. Ergo, they are guilty of promoting the Zionist project, which most definitely does use my tax money. Every Zionist is guilty.

"Zionist" does not mean "Jewish." Most Zionists are not Jews or Israelis. They are Christian Americans. Every single on of them, Jewish or Christian, Israeli or American, deserve whatever revenge their victims choose to repay them with.
Save darfur
01 Mar 2008
The Jewish World Service fails to condemn Zionism.

The Sierra Club fails to "condemn" Zionism. So does the Audubon Society. So does the American Institute of Vinters. Its not in their agenda!!!!!! Why would they?????
Contrary to what you want to believe , the conflict between Israel and the palestinians is not central to the world.
Get off your high horse and face the fact that much, much worse is going on and it isn't all Israel's fault.
"the conflict between Israel and the palestinians is not central to the world."
02 Mar 2008
There will never be peace on earth until there is peace in the Middle East. There will never be peace in the Middle East as long as there is apartheid in Palestine.
Palestinian Myths
03 Mar 2008
Among the many myths propagated by the Palestinians is the myth that only their issues are somehow central to the entire world.

What arrogant nonsense!
And speaking of myths . . .
03 Mar 2008
From Haaretz:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/959229.html

Israel's Declaration of Independence states that the Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel and was exiled from its homeland. Every Israeli schoolchild is taught that this happened during the period of Roman rule, in 70 CE. The nation remained loyal to its land, to which it began to return after two millennia of exile. Wrong, says the historian Shlomo Zand, in one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened - hence there was no return. Zand rejects most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the exodus from Egypt and, most satisfactorily, the horrors of the conquest under Joshua. It's all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel, he asserts.

According to Zand, the Romans did not generally exile whole nations, and most of the Jews were permitted to remain in the country. The number of those exiled was at most tens of thousands. When the country was conquered by the Arabs, many of the Jews converted to Islam and were assimilated among the conquerors. It follows that the progenitors of the Palestinian Arabs were Jews. Zand did not invent this thesis; 30 years before the Declaration of Independence, it was espoused by David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and others.

If the majority of the Jews were not exiled, how is it that so many of them reached almost every country on earth? Zand says they emigrated of their own volition or, if they were among those exiled to Babylon, remained there because they chose to. Contrary to conventional belief, the Jewish religion tried to induce members of other faiths to become Jews, which explains how there came to be millions of Jews in the world. As the Book of Esther, for example, notes, "And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them."

Zand quotes from many existing studies, some of which were written in Israel but shunted out of the central discourse. He also describes at length the Jewish kingdom of Himyar in the southern Arabian Peninsula and the Jewish Berbers in North Africa. The community of Jews in Spain sprang from Arabs who became Jews and arrived with the forces that captured Spain from the Christians, and from European-born individuals who had also become Jews.

The first Jews of Ashkenaz (Germany) did not come from the Land of Israel and did not reach Eastern Europe from Germany, but became Jews in the Khazar Kingdom in the Caucasus. Zand explains the origins of Yiddish culture: it was not a Jewish import from Germany, but the result of the connection between the offspring of the Kuzari and Germans who traveled to the East, some of them as merchants.

We find, then, that the members of a variety of peoples and races, blond and black, brown and yellow, became Jews in large numbers. According to Zand, the Zionist need to devise for them a shared ethnicity and historical continuity produced a long series of inventions and fictions, along with an invocation of racist theses. Some were concocted in the minds of those who conceived the Zionist movement, while others were offered as the findings of genetic studies conducted in Israel.

Prof. Zand teaches at Tel Aviv University. His book, "When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?" (published by Resling in Hebrew), is intended to promote the idea that Israel should be a "state of all its citizens" - Jews, Arabs and others - in contrast to its declared identity as a "Jewish and democratic" state. Personal stories, a prolonged theoretical discussion and abundant sarcastic quips do not help the book, but its historical chapters are well-written and cite numerous facts and insights that many Israelis will be astonished to read for the first time.
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http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/959229.html
Why are they trying to distract the reader?
03 Mar 2008
I've started a new thread on boston events to save Darfur.
Racists keep trying to hijack this in an effort to cover up the atrocities in the Sudan.
Why are they trying to cover up 2 million in exile, and 400,000 dead? I can't imagine.
Some people feel if the dead are African, it somehow doesn't matter.
Some people are racist.
Save Darfur. Its not too late.


Editors- can we keep Israel /Palestine discussions OFF the Darfur thread? Please?
The editors are handling this nicely
05 Mar 2008
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The editors are handling this nicely- and understand what you are doing.
If only a "Zionist" could feel compassion for the suffering of Africans, then I'd be proud to be a Zionist. But I think every one who knows whats going on will feel compassion. thats why we need to keep the dialog focused and not allow ourselves to get distracted.
Its too late for Rwanda. Its too late for Cambodia. Its not too late for Darfur
David Hirsch on Darfur
10 Mar 2008
David Hirsh, a sociologist professor : "It is not 'the Zionists' who are 'using' Darfur to deflect attention from Israel's human rights abuses; it is the genocidaires in Darfur who are using 'Zionism' to deflect attention from their genocide. The ongoing human catastrophe in Darfur has continued to accelerate, while the alleged 'world community' is either paralyzed or, in some cases, actively collaborating with the criminals."