Elie Wiesel On Darfur

Elie Wiesel on Darfur:

I am haunted by what I know of Darfur.

In Darfur, humankind’s center of suffering today, men, women and children are uprooted, starved, tortured, mutilated, humiliated and massacred — and the whole civilized world knows it. And little or nothing, nothing significant, is being done to stop these massive violations of human rights.

Who is guilty? Those who commit these crimes. But to the question, "Who is responsible?" we are compelled to say: "Aren’t we all?"

We can no longer stand idly by.…

As a Jew, and a survivor, I do not compare any events to the horrors of the Holocaust. Yet how can anyone, anywhere who sees the loss of life in Darfur, the systematic deportation, the killing of a people, not feel outraged? How can anyone who remembers other genocides – Cambodia, Rwanda, the Holocaust, the former Yugoslavia – remain silent?

If we neglect the suffering victims of Darfur, their plight will be our fault – and, perhaps, our guilt.

That is why we must act today.

Won’t you make your voice heard?

Click here to sign a postcard urging President Bush to take action.

All are entitled to live with dignity and hope. All are entitled to live without fear and pain.

For the victims of Darfur, we must intervene.

Thank you,
Elie Wiesel



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3 responses to “Elie Wiesel On Darfur

  1. Yochanan Lavie

    Southern Sudan was ostensibly a religous struggle: the Islamic North vs. the Christian and animist South. But the Darfur Blacks are Muslims, like their Arab persecutors. Look at how Sunni Muslim Kurds are treated by Sunni Muslim Arabs in Iraq (granted, under the banner of Arab nationalism- Ba’athism). The liberals claim that the Christian-secular West, and Jewish-secular Israel are the sources of racism, sexism, homophobia and evil. I would rather be an African American Lesbian living in Bible Belt USA than a Muslim Black male in Sudan. It is the west and its tradition of Enlightenment that can protect human rights. As Jews and westerners, we should care about Sudan because it reflects our values.

  2. By the grace of G-d
    Shalom everyone!
    I was thinking about it, and it seems to me among other reasons Jews should try to stop genocide in Sudan as part of the obligation to promote the observance of the 7 Noahide Laws (in this case prohibitions of murder , theft rape injustice etc.).
    I saw a video of a farbrengen http://store.kehotonline.com/index.php?stocknumber=CD-REBBH.E&deptid=3293&parentid=46&page=2&itemsperpage=10
    the Lubavitcher Rebbe points out that it’s an obligation of a Jew to try to make sure that people everywhere even in countries with no Jews living there observe 7 Laws of Noah, and even more so if a Jew conducts business there and has ability to exert his influence to achieve results in this area.

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