Simon Deng, former slave: "there are peoples who suffer from... anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people."

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    Nov 06, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Former slave speaks at Durban III counter-conference on The Perils of Global Intolerance



    I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honor for me and it is a privilege really to be among today’s distinguished speakers.

    I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. – I came to protest this Durban conference which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves are guilty of the worst kinds of oppression.

    It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel. The UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state - Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier.

    The Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people will know that.

    But friends, I come here today with a radical idea. I come to tell you that there are peoples who suffer from the UN’s anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.

    Please hear me out.

    By exaggerating Palestinian suffering, and by blaming the Jews for it, the UN has muffled the cries of those who suffer on a far larger scale.

    For over fifty years the indigenous black population of Sudan -- Christians and Muslims alike --- has been the victims of the brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum.

    In South Sudan, my homeland, about 4 million innocent men, women and children were slaughtered from 1955 to 2005. Seven million were ethnically cleansed and they became the largest refugee group since World War II.
    The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them. and they are treated with a special privilege.

    Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan’s conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur? It is not a “tribal conflict.” It is a conflict rooted in Arab colonialism well known in north Africa. In Darfur, a region in the Western Sudan, everybody is Muslim. Everybody is Muslim because the Arabs invaded the North of Africa and converted the indigenous people to Islam. In the eyes of the Islamists in Khartoum, the Darfuris are not Muslim enough. And the Darfuris do not want to be Arabized. They love their own African languages and dress and customs. The Arab response is genocide! But nobody at the UN tells the truth about Darfur.

    In the Nuba Mountains, another region of Sudan, genocide is taking place as I speak. The Islamist regime in Khartoum is targeting the black Africans - Muslims and Christians. Nobody at the UN has told the truth about the Nuba Mountains.

    Do you hear the UN condemn Arab racism against blacks?

    What you find on the pages of the New York Times, or in the record of the UN condemnations is “Israeli crimes” and Palestinian suffering. My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering. What Israel does is portrayed as a Western sin. But the truth is that the real sin happens when the West abandons us: the victims of Arab/Islamic apartheid.

    Chattel slavery was practiced for centuries in Sudan. It was revived as a tool of war in the early 90s. Khartoum declared jihad against my people and this legitimized taking slaves as war booty. Arab militias were sent to destroy Southern villages and were encouraged to take African women and children as slaves. We believe that up to 200,000 were kidnapped, brought to the North and sold into slavery.

    I am a living proof of this crime against humanity.

    I don’t like talking about my experience as a slave, but I do it because it is important for the world to know that slavery exists even today.

    I was only nine years old when an Arab neighbor named Abdullahi tricked me into following him to a boat. The boat wound up in Northern Sudan where he gave me as a gift to his family. For three and a half years I was their slave going through something that no child should ever go through: brutal beatings and humiliations; working around the clock; sleeping on the ground with animals; eating the family’s leftovers. During those three years I was unable to say the word “no.” All I could say was “yes,” “yes,” “yes.”

    The United Nations knew about the enslavement of South Sudanese by the Arabs. Their own staff reported it. It took UNICEF – under pressure from the Jewish–led American Anti-Slavery Group - sixteen years to acknowledge what was happening. I want to publicly thank my friend Dr. Charles Jacobs for leading the anti-slavery fight.

    But the Sudanese government and the Arab League pressured UNICEF, and UNICEF backtracked, and started to criticize those who worked to liberate Sudanese slaves. In 1998, Dr. Gaspar Biro, the courageous UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan who reported on slavery, resigned in protest of the UN’s actions.

    My friends, today, tens of thousands of black South Sudanese still serve their masters in the North and the UN is silent about that. It would offend the OIC and the Arab League.

    As a former slave and a victim of the worst sort of racism, allow me to explain why I think calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.

    I have been to Israel five times visiting the Sudanese refugees. Let me tell you how they ended up there. These are Sudanese who fled Arab racism, hoping to find shelter in Egypt. They were wrong. When Egyptian security forces slaughtered twenty six black refugees in Cairo who were protesting Egyptian racism, the Sudanese realized that the Arab racism is the same in Khartoum or Cairo. They needed shelter and they found it in Israel. Dodging the bullets of the Egyptian border patrols and walking for very long distances, the refugees’ only hope was to reach Israel’s side of the fence, where they knew they would be safe.

    Black Muslims from Darfur chose Israel above all the other Arab-Muslim states of the area. Do you know what this means!!!?? And the Arabs say Israel is racist!!!?

    In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt, Israel is “heaven.”
    Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism – the answer is absolutely not. Israel is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow. Jews themselves come in all colors, even black. I met with Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Beautiful black Jews.

    So, yes … I came here today to tell you that the people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel: we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred.

    Look at the situation of the Copts in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq, and Nigeria, and Iran, the Hindus and Bahais who suffer from Islamic oppression. The Sikhs. We – a rainbow coalition of victims and targets of Jihadis -- all suffer. We are ignored, we are abandoned. So that the big lie against the Jews can go forward.
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    Nov 06, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    On January 9 of 2011 South Sudan became an independent state. For South Sudanese, that means continuation of oppression, brutalization, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement.

    In a similar manner, the Arabs continue denying Jews their right for sovereignty in their homeland and the Durban III conference continues denying Israel’s legitimacy.

    As a friend of Israel, I bring you the news that my President, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir -- publicly stated that the South Sudan embassy in Israel will be built--- not in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

    I also want to assure you that my own new nation, and all of its peoples, will oppose racist forums like the Durban III. We will oppose it by simply telling the truth. Our truth.
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    Nov 06, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    Both the Durban Conference and the Perils of Global Intolerance Conference were held in NY on 2 Sep 2011.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durban_III

    The Durban conferences had previously been criticized by Western governments for allegedly promoting rather than combating racism. Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States all boycotted Durban III. They charged that the Durban process has been used to promote racism, intolerance, antisemitism and Holocaust denial, and to erode freedom of speech and Israel's right to exist. The same countries, excluding Austria, Bulgaria, France and the United Kingdom, also previously boycotted the Durban Review Conference in 2009.[4]

    A coalition of 25 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) critical of the conference, led by UN Watch, organized a parallel human rights summit with the stated aim of drawing attention to flaws in the UN system and promoting reform. A similar counter-conference organized by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and human rights scholar Anne Bayefsky featured scholars and public figures.

    See also:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durban_III#We_Have_A_Dream
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    Nov 07, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    As the RJ propagandists themselves spout, during the current chapter of the Arab-Israeli conflict - a period of 11 years since the start of the intifada as the Arab rejection of the Clinton compromise parameters - some 6,000 people have been killed by Israeli forces. What the propagandists leave out is that the vast majority of them were engaged in violence at the time of their death. That women and children, 75% of the population, represent only 10% of fatalities. The majority of those killed were men of fighting age.

    In just the last 6 months, the Syrian army has massacred half that many civilians, the vast majority of them peaceful protesters.
    (Exposing further hypocrisy. In Egypt, we're told how the Muslim Brotherhood is reformed and against violence - not a threat. In Syria, RJ's anti-Israel/Jewish propagandists warn us of the perils of the Muslim Brotherhood should Assad fall. All while embracing Hamas, the Gazan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.)

    In Sudan, Congo and elsewhere, MILLIONS have been killed.
    (RJs anti-Israel/Jewish propagandists are silent. They pretend to be against empires/colonialism, thus misrepresenting a border dispute of a few miles as Israeli "colonialism". Yet they boast of the Ottoman Empire's "development" of Beer Sheva [ignorant that it was done with the aid of local Jewish agriculturalists] and are silent in the face of any non-Western colonialism (such as described by Deng above).


    Consider that 82% of UN "emergency" meetings have been held to condemn Israel.
    Indeed, something like 2/3rds of UN General Assembly condemnations are one-sided bashings Israel.
    (Not surprising given the automatic anti-Israel majority in the GA.)

    And these people talk of "disproportionate"?!
    (Referencing a legal term they don't even understand, like if Israel has 10 civilians murdered that it can only kill 10 of the terrorists.)

    Ever notice that the UN Human Rights Commission includes some of the world's greatest offenders on it?

    It is refreshing to see that the Western, i.e. Free, world is starting to take notice and work with the people who need help the most.
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    Nov 07, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidAs the RJ propagandists themselves spout, during the current chapter of the Arab-Israeli conflict - a period of 11 years since the start of the intifada as the Arab rejection of the Clinton compromise parameters - some 6,000 people have been killed by Israeli forces. What the propagandists leave out is that the vast majority of them were engaged in violence at the time of their death. That women and children, 75% of the population, represent only 10% of fatalities. The majority of those killed were men of fighting age.




    Consider that 82% of UN "emergency" meetings have been held to condemn Israel.
    Indeed, something like 2/3rds of UN General Assembly condemnations are one-sided bashings Israel.
    (Not surprising given the automatic anti-Israel majority in the GA.)

    And these people talk of "disproportionate"?!
    (Referencing a legal term they don't even understand, like if Israel has 10 civilians murdered that it can only kill 10 of the terrorists.)

    Ever notice that the UN Human Rights Commission includes some of the world's greatest offenders on it?

    It is refreshing to see that the Western, i.e. Free, world is starting to take notice and work with the people who need help the most.



    LIL'AIPAC (C4) your Zionist Fanatic Zeal to cover up the truth about Israel's IDF and Settler killings of Palestinians takes a lot of Chutzpah, when the information showing your propaganda lies is so readily available.

    Its understandable why your namesake Israeli Lobby AIPAC is so intent on keeping the real truth from the American Public who are your main supporters, Its also understandable why you and them in your fanatic zeal want to draw attention away from Israel the supposed 'only Democracy" in the middle east, because of the voluminous attrocities commited against the Palestinians. Israel's record is and has gotten no where near the UN Attention it should be getting in light of the facts and its lies/Propaganda to cover up the truth.


    First off, Of the 6000 you mentioned killed, far more were children than you claim, According to the site "uprootedpalestinians blogspot.com", "If Americans Knew" and "Counterpunch.org" that number of children killed was very close to 1500, YOU STATED 10% 1500 is a great deal above 10% according to most mathematic figures.

    Counterpunch.org ...posts "A partial list of Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli's

    "This is a partial list of CHILDREN MOSTLY 13 AND UNDER of the approximately 1,500 Palestinians minors killed by Israeli forces in the past 11 years, during the same peRIOD palestinains killed about 130 minors"
    ONE CHILD FROM EITHER SIDE IS TOO MANY !!

    This site lists these children by age, and how they died, and it is a terrible record for Israel, and no wonder they are desperate to cover it up. Many of these children were killed by snipers bullets.


    Look this information up and you will discover that LIL'AIPAC is using propaganda to cover up the truth.



    LIL'AIPAC, Why make such a liar of yourself ? the truth is easy to find.

    I'm Glad Israeli's have a 'Jewish homeland', but why do Zionist Fanatics like you go to such desparate lengths to cover up the truth that the fanatic Zionists attempt to gain all of the West Bank, and at the expense of so many Palestinians, lives, homes and farms.





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    Nov 07, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    I'll go out on a limb and venture that the "hidden member" above failed to address the topic.
    Likely we got his usual discombobulated rant.

    In fact, I'll venture he doesn't even understand the topic or what Simon Deng was saying.
    Once the word "Israel" popped up... that was likely enough, like a Pavlovian bell, to get him into a hateful rage.
    Thus proving Deng is right.
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    Nov 08, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Consider another example from our own pages.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1449735

    Whereas we have dozens (if not hundreds) of topics about Israel (most of them denouncements posted by the usual suspects), in the ONE topic about Syria they clamor that the topic is just "efforts to take attention from your favorite ZIONIST FANATICS".

    In the last week, more than 100 people have been killed in Syria.
    The anti-Israel hate mongers, despite their faux "principles", couldn't care less.
    They continue to rant (even if incoherently) about Israel.

    Is it because they truly believe that one topic about Syria diverts from dozens about Israel?
    Or because the anti-Israel RJers (despite their faux "principles" of convenience) support the anti-Israel/anti-West Assad?

    Either way, Simon Deng is proven right.
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    Nov 09, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    In another topic, propaganda pouncer blurts out:

    pp> the astonishing under-reporting of the [Arab-Israeli] conflict in the American media

    You mean 10x more reporting (for a conflict with 1000x fewer casualties) than most other world conflicts - COMBINED - isn't enough?
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    Nov 15, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    Where are headlines, let alone the aid convoys/flotillas, to help these children?

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    http://news1.ghananation.com/headlines/192451-starvation-in-the-horn-of-africa-worse.html

    A SKELETAL baby is cradled by his mum after a desperate trek across famine-ravaged Somalia to find him food. Tiny Mihag Farah is one of 800,000 children at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa. ...Some 11.6 million people are going hungry in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
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    Nov 16, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    Let's put it another way:
    Why does starvation in the Horn of Africa receive so little attention?
    (Not just in the US, but also in Europe!)
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    Nov 16, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidLet's put it another way:
    Why does starvation in the Horn of Africa receive so little attention?
    (Not just in the US, but also in Europe!)
    Here's the answer.. and I know it well as I have lived in that area for quite sometime.


    The horn of Africa is strategically unimportant and devoid of any resources needed or wanted by the rest of the world. Period.

    And BTW, that starvation is POLITICAL not resource shortage.
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    Nov 17, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    TropicalMark> The horn of Africa is strategically unimportant and devoid of any resources needed or wanted by the rest of the world.

    OK, that may explain apathy by politicians.
    But what about the would-be "humanitarians"?

    Are you saying that faux "humanitarians" who selectively pursue minor causes but trumpet them as huge aren't really driven by humanitarian concerns but other - their own - interests?
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    Nov 23, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    An interesting comparison from Google's "Number of sources covering this story":

    8700 - Google news index of articles regarding "Palestinian Statehood Bid":
    1900 - Google news index of articles regarding "East Africa Starvation"

    Yet the faux "humanitarians" - e.g. propaganda pouncer - claims the former is under-reported?

    Elsewhere the UN, which routinely convenes emergency sessions to condemn Israel in a matter of hours, has been silent on Syria for 8 months.

    Reminds us where people like Simon Deng (in OP) are coming from.
    Their much greater needs being shelved to push Palestinian propaganda politics.
    Not even to benefit the Palestinian Arabs, just to use them as a foil against Israel.
    Showing us once again how they hate Jews/Israel more than they love or care for pretty much anyone.

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    Nov 23, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    Thanks for the email tip about the Pew top story poll.

    While propaganda pouncer pouts that the failed Palestinian statehood bid didn't receive sufficient attention in the US media, reality is it was the #4 story:

    #1 Economy, 14%
    #2 Jobs, 13%
    #3 2012 election, 11%
    #4 Palestine status, 10%

    Needless to say, famine in Africa doesn't make the list.
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    Nov 23, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    Thank you for sharing this information, Caesaria. It looks like compassion is sadly lacking in that part of the world. Those that are doing all of the atrocities will soon have no humans to mistreat and it makes me wonder if some kind of Divine Judgement is already being administered in Africa?
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    Dec 07, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    East African Famine 2011 (Somalia)
    http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/f/famine/index.html

    In Somalia, where a relentless conflict has depleted the country’s food supplies over decades, the drought hit with a particularly devastating impact. Tens of thousands of Somalis have died of malnutrition-related causes; three million Somalis are in urgent need of aid and more than 10 million are at risk. The United Nations declared a famine, using scientific criteria of death and malnutrition rates.

    ...Tens of thousands, possibly even hundreds of thousands, fled to Kenya and Ethiopia for help. The Shabab responded by blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it imprisoned displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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    Dec 08, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    Just how twisted is it that there is an African aid "convoy" bound for... Gaza?
    (Passing through Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan amongst other states.)

    Even if indirectly, food and medicine is being taken away from this child...

    SOMALIA-sfSpan.jpg


    ...to be given to this one:

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    Can anyone make sense of this?!
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    Plus c'est change . . . Maybe because we are so used to hearing about it. A ridiculous post connecting African hunger to Israel's politics certainly won't help change things.
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    Dec 09, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Suetonius> Plus c'est change . . . Maybe because we are so used to hearing about it.

    We're just as used to hearing about Gaza/"Palestine", no?
    In fact, as above, it was recently the #4 story in the news.
    (Behind only the economy, jobs and 2012 election.)


    Suetonius> connecting African hunger to Israel's politics certainly won't help change things.

    The point was to call out those who are mum regarding real perils (e.g. 800,000 children facing starvation) while incessantly trumpeting the "pending" "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza and rushing unnecessary "aid" (expired medications, expired concrete). Indeed, collecting goods from worse-off areas to redistribute them in Gaza....

    I think it's safe to say they are faux "humanitarians".
    Not driven by a desire to help those in need but by their politics of hate.

    Now, if you follow the OP, you'll see that people like Simon Deng think that this constant anti-Israel focus comes at their expense:

    Deng> there are peoples who suffer from... anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.
    Deng> My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering.