Archive for April, 2008
Embarrassing questions from
a Sudanese refugee
By Ralph Dobrin
Author of “How to Avoid Armageddon”
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Bishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureatte, is a stern critic of Israel, who like so many others, ignores Arab aggression whenever Israel defends itself, disregarding Arab culpability for their own plight. But his censure of Israel is always very compelling to those whose knowledge of the Middle East conflict is limited to the half-truths, selective omissions and blatant lies of Arab spokesmen and other gullible media outlets.
When the Bishop addressed a conference in Boston on “Israel Apartheid” most of his audience warmed to his diatribe, but one man was distressed by it because it sounded false.
Simon Deng is a Christian from the Shiluk region of southern Sudan, who has survived slavery and escaped death at the hands of the radical jihadist regime in Khartoum.
Deng finds it hard to understand how a fellow Christian, a “man of God,” who helped bring reconciliation between blacks and whites in South Africa could lead a conference that uses lies in damning Israel, while disregarding the wholesale murder of millions of Christians in Southern Sudan, as well as the dreadful plight of the people of Darfur and other parts of Africa.
After hearing Bishop Desmond Tutu condemnn Israel, this is what Simon Deng has to say:
“The State of Israel is not an apartheid state. I know because I write this from Jerusalem where I have seen Arab mothers peacefully strolling with their families even though I also drove on Israeli roads protected by walls and fences from Arab bullets and stones. I know Arabs go to Israeli schools and get the best medical care in the world.
“I know they vote and have elected representatives to the Israeli Parliament. I see street signs in Arabic, an official language in Israel. None of this was true for blacks under Apartheid in Tutu’s South Africa.
“I also know countries that do deserve the apartheid label: My country, Sudan, is on the top of the list, but so are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. What has happened to my people in Sudan is a thousand times worse than apartheid in South Africa. And no matter how the Palestinians suffer, they suffer nothing compared to my people. Nothing. And most of the suffering is the fault of their own leaders.
“Bishop Tutu, I see black Jews walking down the street here in Jerusalem. Black like us, free and proud. Tutu said Israeli checkpoints are a nightmare. But checkpoints are there because Palestinians are sent into Israel to blow up and kill innocent women and children. We all go through checkpoints at every airport. Are the airlines being racist?
“When you struggled for freedom, Africans all over Africa joined in. Our support was a key in your freedom. But when children in Burundi and Kinshasa, all the way to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in particular in Sudan, cried and called for rescue, you heard but chose to be silent.
“Today, black children are enslaved in Sudan, the last place in the continent of Africa where humans are owned by other humans. I was part of the movement to stop slavery in Mauritania, which just now abolished the practice. But you were not with us, Bishop Tutu.
“So where is Desmond Tutu when my people call out for freedom? Slaughter and genocide and slavery are lashing Africans right now. Where are you for Sudan, Bishop Tutu? You are busy attacking the Jewish state. Why?”
In a future blog I shall try to get Bishop Tutu’s answer to these questions. While Tutu’s words do carry importance because of his eminent standing as a former freedom fighter and Noble Prize winner, thus promoting the lies of Israel’s enemies, the plight of the Christians in Southern Sudan and the Black Muslims of Darfur, is of far greater importance. It shows the cynicism and cruelty of the whole Jihad enterprise and the weak-kneed hypocrisy of the international community.
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