Category Archives: Darfur

Child Rape as Genocide

David Rubenstein writes:

On Sunday December 10th, as part of UN World Human Rights Day, activists in cities around the world will hold demonstrations in front of the Sudan’s embassies to "Raise the Alarm" on Darfur. We have called on communities of faith to participate through the "Weekend of Prayer and Action," December 8th-10th.

I would like to invite you to participate in this weekend’s important activities by asking your house of worship to add its name to an urgent sign-on letter to President Bush.…

We hope to use this weekend to bring diverse communities of faith together in calling on the president to take immediate action to stop the genocide in Darfur.

In particular, we hope to raise awareness of the horrific situation women and girls face every day in Darfur.

Women and girls as young as 8 years old are being raped and sexually assaulted by the Janjaweed on a daily basis as part of a calculated strategy of genocide.

They live in constant fear of attack. Even routine tasks such as searching for firewood have become perilous for them.

Please ask your house of worship to sign on to the letter urging President Bush to act immediately to end these atrocities. Click here to let us know if you plan to ask the leaders of your house of worship to add its name to the letter.

You will be joining hundreds of thousands of concerned people around the world who will be calling on their respective leaders to act for the people of Darfur.

Please forward this message to your friends and family and invite them to join you in participating in this effort.

Thank you again for your dedication.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

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Remember Darfur on Thanksgiving

Take a moment, go on line during halftime, and sign this petition. Have the rest of the family do so as well. It will cost you nothing but a few minutes of time, and you might save lives.

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Prof. Yehuda Bauer: Gaza Settlers Holocaust Deniers

Shahar Ilan interviews Professor Yehuda Bauer, perhaps the world’s greatest authority on genocide and the Holocaust. What follows is a brief excerpt from a much longer and very thought provoking interview. The Gaza settler Holocaust denier remark is at the end of the excerpt:

There are several dozen refugees from Sudan in Israel today. Most of them have been in detention for months and have never been brought before a judge. In April, Bauer wrote a letter to the editor of Haaretz harshly condemning Israel’s treatment of these refugees. "What kind of law do we have that allows genocide refugees to be detained without trial, leaving them to rot in jail for months?" he wrote. In the wake of this letter, Attorney Anat Ben Dor of the Refugee Rights Program at Tel Aviv University contacted Bauer. She asked him to become one of the undersigners of an appeal demanding that the detention of refugees be carried out only under court supervision.

In an affidavit submitted to the High Court of Justice, Bauer compares the detention of these Sudanese refugees to the detention of German Jewish refugees by Great Britain and the United States in the late 1930s. "The Jewish people have a long history of refugeehood," writes Bauer. "A handful of black refugees, whose families have been murdered because of the color of their skin and their ethnicity, have come to Israel. They are seeking asylum. The idea of deporting them to some other country is horrifying. To cast them out of yet another country is immoral."

He adds: "I think it’s a scandal. There’s a law from 1954 against infiltrators, and this law has been used to send these people to jail. It’s not that there was any government resolution or ministerial decision, you know. It just slipped through. It’s an administrative thing, as they say.

"These refugees from Sudan should be granted asylum because they’re political refugees," he continues. "They should be allowed to stay here as long as they like. If the agreement signed by the Sudanese government and some of the rebels holds up, they will want to go back to their homes and families. But we shouldn’t be pushing them or deporting them. People who came here to seek refuge should be given refuge."

Even if they come from an enemy country?

"Darfur is not an enemy country. Sudan is an enemy country, and these people are being persecuted by the government of Sudan. This is exactly what the British said. Jews came from Germany, and certain government officials decided they were ‘citizens of an enemy country.’ They built a detention camp on the Isle of Man, between England and Ireland, and sent thousands of them there. After a while, there was an outcry. These were people who were being persecuted by an enemy country and seeking refuge. Incidentally, the United States did the same thing. It rounded up a thousand or so Jewish refugees and sent them to a camp in Oswego in upstate New York."

Isn’t that a good way to smuggle in spies?

"That’s what the British said, too. So they started checking them out, one by one, and soon discovered that these were people who were against Germany – not for it."

"In Darfur, black Muslims are being persecuted by Muslim Bedouin tribes who are allies of the extremist Islamic government. 400,000 of them have been murdered – not 200,000 as it says in our papers, or 180,000 as it says in The New York Times. I don’t know where they got those figures. Out of a population of 4.6 million in Darfur, at least 2 million are sitting in refugee camps."

Aren’t you worried that the moment we grant asylum to Sudanese refugees, they’ll come pouring in?

"Not really. I don’t think there’s any real threat here. So a few people will escape from the camp in Egypt, get through all the Egyptian checkpoints and sneak across the border. How many will make it? Another hundred, another two hundred? There have been precedents that worked out well. We took in refugees from Vietnam, from Bosnia. Why not follow that model?" …

What do you think about the comparison drawn between Israeli occupation and the Holocaust?

"There is no basis for comparison. People can resist occupation. I don’t think our actions are acceptable, but to compare that to genocide? To compare that to the Holocaust? It’s totally ridiculous. When the settlers were being evacuated from Gush Katif, nearly everyone who was interviewed said Holocaust this and Nazi that. How dare they cheapen the memory of the Holocaust? How dare they make light of the murder of 5.8 million Jews? In a certain sense, any Jew who said such things in Gush Katif is a Holocaust denier."  …

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Israel Has More Than 40 Darfur Refugees – Most Held In Military Prison

Israel is holding more than 40 Sudanese refugees who crossed into Israel from the Sinai and gave themselves up to the IDF, seeking asylum. Most are being held in military prison. 10 were released to the care of kibbutzim until asylum can be arranged in other countries. These people fled the genocide in Darfur and subsequent persecution in Egypt and other Arab countries. What should Israel do? Readers?


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Did you mention the Darfur genocide at your seder? If you did, please tell us about it.


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Remember Darfur At Your Seder

Edah Darfur-Tm

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Don’t forget to remember the ongoing genocide in Darfur at your seder.

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Edah Wants Darfur At Your Seder

Edah Darfur

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Edah wants us to remember the ongoing genocide in Darfur at our seders. I’ve never been one who is moved by this type of symbolism-for-symbolism’s-sake action. But I do think we all should spend a few moments discussing the Darfur genocide and what our role should be as Jews and human beings to stop it. This discussion should include practical options for action, as well.


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