Nigeria, black faces, black problems … who cares?

During the last week a lot of things has happened in the geopolitical sphere, and of these things the two which stood out prominently for me as a liberal South African which take great interest in the ongoing war between the West and radical Islam.

These two things were, as you might have guessed by now the attack on Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead along with the attack by Boko Haram on Baga which left between 150 and 2000 dead.

What puzzles my mind is the fact that the whole World (and Benjamin Netanyahu) came out in support of the 12 journalists killed by extremist Muslims in Europe, and even Goodluck Jonathan condemned the killings, but very few of them have come out and publicly denounced the massive terror attack in Nigeria.

Then it struck me like a stone between the eyes, and I remember Leanardo DiCaprio’s exclamation “TIA”

This is Africa yes, and sadly the World in general does not care for Africa.  It might sound as if I am painting the World’s population in one colour and with a huge brush by generalizing to this extent, but lets face it, Africa is like Las Vegas.

Generally the saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, and this seem to be the attitude towards African issues too.

Last week something pretty nifty saw the day of light, the Janicki Omniprocessor.  A brilliant piece of machinery which takes human waste and converts this into water and electricity, and not only this, it powers itself!

After watching the video on YouTube I read some of the comments, and one of the comments read as follow from a user called Pavel:

“I think we should burn african children to create warmth necessary to survive during the cold african winters.”

Obviously, being an humanist firstly and an African secondly this irked my ire as to how someone could be so insensitive towards the plight of his fellow man.

Which brings me back to the Nigerian issue at hand, black faces, black problems, and the leaders of the World can’t care enough, nor can the general populace of Europe, Asia and the Americas actually really care for the sad state of affairs here in Africa.

People like Julius Malema, the leader of the upcoming EFF party in South Africa also fired a heavy worded barrage at Goodluck Jonathan about his silence on this matter considering the fact that this is happening under his “rule”.

Boko Haram is and will forever be a problem unless drastic measures are implemented to fight extremists like them.  The same with the extremists who were responsible for the massacre in France.

In Nigeria it is a bit different though, because things there are not as civilized as in Europe, and of course, there are black people over there, and this is a case where black radical Muslims kill fellow black Muslims, so why should the World care?

“Let the Africans sort out their own problems, let them sort out their own internal struggles in Nigeria and while they are at it, a few less Muslims won’t be a bad thing either right?”

So the problem with this outlook is, that hate only begets hate, and we as the rest of the World has a duty towards our fellow human being to make sure they also get to live a quality life devoid of terror, fear, famine and disease.  This is what makes us human and which sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.  This is also the only way that we will evolve beyond our current limitations and venture forth and become a space faring species.

For if you take away our humanity, our sense of community, then you will be left with something barely “better” than the great Apes.

Sadly, this is not only religious issue, but it is also a racial issue, because bigots still exist in our World to this day, and the only way to combat this type of bigotry and acts of terror at the same time is through providing quality education for people from all walks of life, all religious groups and all the different political parties.

Only  once we start thinking critically about ourselves and about our place in the World within the greater community of mankind and our relation to those around us will we be able to determine if our leaders are really leaders who are worth while following.

So, I implore you who have access to the Internet to learn.  Learn as much as possible.  Get the facts regarding the topics and form your own opinions.  Don’t just read one or two pages, read extensively and arm yourself with knowledge, because as the saying goes, “Knowledge is Power”

When the opportunity arise (and it does so almost on a daily basis for me as a South African) and you are faced with bigotry and hate preaching individuals challenge their ideas, do not keep quiet, but do so in a constructive way devoid of disrespectful commentary, because this will only harden their resolve to be bigots.

When someone says “Die fokken kaffirs fok alles op!” remind them, that these people are people, they are not just “kaffirs”, because this type of hate speech also leads to extremist acts of violence, like the terror acts by radicalized Muslims on the fringe of society who were pushed out into the fringes after being marginalized  and shunned for their belief and their customs which differ from most of the people in the West.

The same goes for when someone berates groups of people like adherents of the Islamic faith.  Don’t keep quiet, because if you keep quiet you are basically condoning this type of stereotyping and bigotry and the World will be poorer for it.

So, here is to the victims of Charlie Hebdo, the unsung victims of Baga, and all the other nameless victims of bigotry, racism and oppression! Do not let their deaths and suffering be in vein, because you, and only you can stop this as you make your way through life by educating others around you.

PS: What happend to #Bringbackourgirls … and do #blacklivesmatter ?

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Being a Jewish Woman in Palestine- Answers to 3 FAQs

I like people like this, who are not scared to explore something which “should” be dangerous given the history and circumstances

"And you shall teach this to your children"

jews say no

(by Katya)

I’ve been back from Palestine for two weeks, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments about my experiences there. I really appreciate people asking questions and wanting to learn about what reality looks like, but some of the questions conveyed a lot of persisting stereotypes, racism, Islamaphobia and misconceptions. For that reason, I’d like to answer those questions here. They are:

1. “What was it like being a woman in Palestine? Did you get a feel for the oppression of women in that society?”

  2. “Did you face a lot of anti-Semitism or hostility as a Jew in Palestine?”

and, not to be outdone:

3.  “What was it like being surrounded by Islamic extremism?”

On being a woman in Palestine:

-I was treated with respect- noticeably more respect than I experience as a woman in America. I didn’t get creeped on or leered at…

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Zionist Apartheid

It is real, it is alive, and we are the only ones who can do something about it.

A Jewish guy invited me on Facebook to be his friend, which I though was very strange, but there was always the chance that this was one of those few enlightened souls who, like me, has a serious issue with the conflict and the misery and pain which it has caused on both sides of the Zionist Apartheid wall.

Shortly after we became friends he posted a picture of the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) on his profile to which I made the comment “Pity about the Apartheid like restrictions on the Palestinians over there”

This sparked an outcry from his Israeli-Jewish friends on Facebook, accusing me of anti-Semitism and a decent proportion of personal insults.

The big issue it seems was the fact that I dared to call Israel an Apartheid state, and the reasoning behind this was that there was Arab Israeli’s who are citizens of Israel and who has the same rights as any other Jewish Israeli, but does anyone remember Bantustans where black South Africans had semi-autonomy, but they were still viewed as second class citizens?

I tried to explain in vein to this new Facebook friend and his friends that the conflict between the Jewish people and the Palestinian people started after the Jewish Diaspora when Theodor Herzl had a dream to establish a homeland for the Jews.

In 1947 the UN gave 55% of the Palestinian territory which was a British mandate to the Jews (who numbered 602 2586, or 31% of the total population) who returned to Israel after WWII, and the remaining 45% went to the Indigenous Palestinians (who numbered 1 339 763, or 69% of the total population)

At the time of this partition, the Jewish population owned less than 6% of Palestine

After this event things escalated dramatically and Zionist Apartheid was born.  As any rational man can expect, this would not have sat well with the Palestinian people and things quickly went downhill from there, and one has to ask, what gives the United Nations the right to give away land which are inhabited, owned and developed by one group of people to another group people?

When I pointed out the walls which were erected and the checkpoints which were manned by IDF soldiers I was reminded that I must remember, these are two different nations, one Israeli, and one Palestinian, and the Palestinians were hell bent on destroying the Israeli way of life, and that this justified the Zionist Apartheid (with exclusion of the Israeli Arabs who were according to these new friends of mine equal citizens in Israel)

So, do you think that Zionist Apartheid is real or not, and what can we do to help the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve the issue?