VICTIMS OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST WOULD BE AGHAST
The recent events in Israel with regard to the treatment of African refugees is becoming of major concern to all peace loving and decent people of the world. The uproar caused by an alleged rape of an Israeli woman by African immigrants has definitely unmasked the true face of Israel so much touted as a beckon of democracy in a region characterized as wild, autocratic and with a system not compatible with the Judeo-Christian/ Greco Roman civilization. The action as deplorable as it is, still there is no ground for responsible officials led by the Interior Minster and some keenest members to charge like blood craze Cossack on defenseless African of whom the majority are from Eritrea. It is here, the same as in the next door neighbor Egypt where Africans are mistreated, their organs harvested and the right bestowed upon them by international convention completely ignored. It is in Israel where 60,000 African refugees are completely denied of bare existence in a land of plenty. It is in Israel where budget is apportioned through the legislative body to build high tech prisons for the so called infiltrators without the due process of law. Never mind of the basic rights, such as the right to life, body, property and dignity enshrined in the so called ‘operative constitution’ of the State of Israel, Eritreans escaping the harsh rule at home are treated inhumanly. It is appalling to hear the Prime Minster of the country echoing the same rage and insensitivity toward the Eritreans and their fellow African refugees.
For everything there are two sides of a story. The rape if it did happen is horrible crime that an Eritrean refugee should never contemplate to commit. Who should be more empathetic to raping a person than an Eritrean, himself a veteran of the miserable conditions in Sudan, Egypt and the Sinai where his sisters and mothers were violently raped by outlaw gangs? In that case the rapist or rapists have to face the court of law and bear the consequence. However, there are also rumors floating that this could be a witch hunt ala Salem witch hunt in the 1690 where religious zealots took the law into their own hands to hit a target. Could the story have a parallel also in the wicked Nazi propaganda who blamed the innocent Jews on all ills besetting Germany in the 1930s? What better excuse would the politicians who crave for power in Israel have than to blame the innocent ‘infiltrators’ who in their mind are changing the very character of Israel as a Zionist state where Jews and only Jews would live comfortably at the expense of Arabs and today poor Africans?
What is happening to Eritreans in Israel today is affront to the spirit of the millions of innocent Jews perished by the savage Nazi regime in the 1940s. If they would rise up from dead for only one minute and see what the government trading in their name is doing. They would be aghast and cursed that hypothetical minute they rose up from their grave to witness the horrible spectacle reminiscent of the pogrom in Warsaw and other European cities.
We demand that the Israeli government stand up of its responsibility and act like any civilized state where the rule of law and international conventions take precedence. ICER further requests the Government of Benyamin Netanyahu to protect the refugees from physical abuse and instead provide them with the necessary protection they deserve. Nowhere in western democracy are refugees inhumanly treated like in Israel.
International Commission on Eritrean Refugees
6o West 106 Street, 4C
New York, NY 10025-3878