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December 31, 2010

Rattling the Cage: Calling the Mossad

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 7:36 pm

Rattling the Cage: Calling the Mossad

12/29/2010 22:05

Beduin who smuggle refugees from Sudan and Eritrea through Sinai to the border – abusing and murdering many on the way – are desert Nazis.

Finally, somebody’s come up with a plausible solution for the African refugee problem: Send Mossad agents to kill the Sinai Beduin smugglers who bring them here.

I can’t take credit for the idea; Alex Fishman, the military affairs commentator for Yediot Aharonot, broached it in print on Monday. The day after, MK Ya’acov Katz, chairman of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers, spelled the plan out bluntly: “We must arrest all the Beduin [smugglers of refugees], put them in holding tanks and fire a bullet in the head of those who lead the convoys. Three or four Beduin will be shot down and the convoys will stop.”

It wouldn’t be so quick and easy, but – in the absence of any workable alternative – that’s the only way to go. I think Egypt would understand where Israel is coming from; for years now Egyptian border guards have been jailing or shooting African refugees led by Beduin through the Sinai to the border, where they cross over, often under a hail of Egyptian bullets. If Egypt were prepared to tell its border guards to stop killing refugees and start jailing and in the last resort killing the smugglers who enable them to get here, that would be the best arrangement of all. If not, the Mossad will have to handle it.

Murder, you say? Assassination? Yes. The Beduin who smuggle refugees from Sudan and Eritrea through the Sinai to the border are, plainly and simply, desert Nazis. They’ve set up camps where they torture, rape and kill refugees for money and pleasure. They richly deserve to die and there seems to be no other way to stop them.

“For 10 days they chained me to three other people. They treated us like animals. They burned people and told them to get on the telephone to their families so they would hear them screaming [and send more money],” an Eritrean man who made it here told Yediot’s Anat Fishbein last month.

An Eritrean woman said the smugglers beat her to a pulp and got her to call a friend in Sudan for another $500. “But afterward they wanted $1,000 more. They went on beating me and my husband and demanding the money. One man would ask my husband: ‘Do you love your wife?’ If he said ‘yes,’ the man would beat him harder…


“They left me in the house for a week. Every night the man would come, and I had no more strength to resist. He would blindfold me, take me in the car somewhere and rape me… After a week my friend sent them the rest of the money. The man told my husband that even though he got the money, he wanted me to stay, to be his wife. My husband started to cry, and the man beat him.”

GANGS OF smugglers hold thousands of African refugees, mainly from Eritrea, in these sadism-for-profit camps in the Sinai. They kill or abandon many of their victims. Interviewing refugees in the Sahronim facility near the border, Fishbein wrote: “A tall youth in a hooded sweatshirt says [the smugglers] left his group in the desert without food or water for three weeks. Three people died immediately, 15 others died within days and the rest dispersed. Of the 60 in the original group, seven made it to Israel. One got shot to death by Egyptian soldiers near the border.”

Amazingly, they keep coming. “They tell themselves it won’t happen to them,” William Tall, representative in Israel for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told me. More than 1,000 of these Africans cross every month, twice the rate of last year. There are about 35,000 in the country now.

Some 85 percent come from Eritrea and Sudan, and Israel is pledged by treaty not to send them home because they would not be safe there, especially after being here. Egypt, which already has millions of unwanted refugees, does not want these people back. No other country has been willing to take them, either, except the emerging independent nation of Southern Sudan, which, in the last couple of years, has repatriated some 300 of its countrymen who had been living here.

And the void they left behind was filled in a week.

The government is building a border fence that’s expected to be finished in 2 1/2 years, along with a detention camp to hold 10,000 refugees that’s slated to be ready within a year.

But what about in the meantime? By the time the camp is ready, another 10,000 or more asylum-seekers will have arrived, and who knows how many will have been abused or murdered in the attempt.

By the time the fence is complete in 2013, who knows how big the refugee population in the poor neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Arad, Eilat and other cities will be? And even after the fence is built, what will we do with the Africans who reach here? Send them back? To where? Nobody wants them. How many detention camps are we going to have to build, and how long are we going to have to keep those people in them?

This is impossible, obviously. We are on a fast track to an unimaginable reality. And the first idea I’ve heard that makes sense, that seems to be a workable solution – that stops the refugees from reaching our border in the first place, or at least reduces their numbers drastically – is to kill the people, and I use that term loosely, who bring them here.

If Egypt can’t or won’t do it, then the Mossad has to. ASAP. This is an emergency.

Ridding the world of the Sinai smugglers would be a tremendous mitzva, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. It would spare masses of asylum- seekers who’ve already lived through hell from encountering an even lower depth of it. And it would save this country from becoming a permanent magnet for the desperate of Africa.

I’m sorry, but the refugees from Eritrea and Sudan – and from other African countries later – will have to go elsewhere. Israel, with 1/1,000th of the world’s population and an even smaller portion of the world’s land, has already taken in more than its share of them


December 27, 2010

Mr. President, What will be your promises For 2011?

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 7:53 am

Let me start by saying Merry Christmas and happy New year for you and the entire Eritreans at home and in the Diaspora.

Mr. President:

Year in and year out you continue to make several promises to the people of Eritrea, most of which you do not keep. I am just wondering what will be you promises for 2011?

As most will recall last year you stated no single household and or person would go to sleep hungry in Eritrea, yet many people continue to face hunger. So how true was your promise or your commitment to your promise?

While jobs are scarce and unemployment rampant, and the price of commodities skyrocketing, your statements do not go over well with the common Eritrean. Contrary, life in Eritrea is unbearable and ordinary people continue to suffer.

This is not to say, there have not been progress since our Independence, I am sure there are many accomplishments, but without the rule of law and freedom of the people of Eritrea your efforts remains insignificant.

According to economists Eritrea’s GDP has been negative for the past many years due to a lack of national resources. Gold mining is showing positive results, this is good news to all, however, according your own speech , you stated that revenues from mining are not going to be the remedy to the chronic economical problems that Eritrea is facing at present.

So, Mr. President, let me ask you again, on one hand you said no single Eritrean is going to sleep hungry, yet, by undermining the revenue of mining your are contradicting your own words, so Mr. President what is the truth? If mining revenue is not a remedy then what will generate and or replenish the coffers of Eritrea so the people of Eritrea will not go hungry?

In many developing countries ordinary people are not benefiting from the wealth of their country, for example, Iran makes billions of dollars from oil but the benefactors are the Mullahs while ordinary people continue to go without the basic need of life, thus abandoning their home of origin, the same in Angola, Congo, Nigeria and many other countries where the common person eats unhealthy food, while generals and ministers are living like kings and their children continue to receive the best education available in the west.

The consumption by Eritrean generals is a rip off of the basic needs of the common person and corruption is at the highest levels of governments and the military, among generals, colonels and ministers, and you personaly turn a blind eye to this devastating situation.  Your lack of positive action does not free you from your corrupt generals and ministers, in fact it makes you one of them. So, Mr. President is Eritrea fate going to be like those countries mentioned above? Do you have  a plan to clean up the corruption mess and implement the over due constitution of Eritrea so your generals would know they are no longer above the law?

Mr. President, for the last 20 years you have been leading the country under decree without constitutional law, the constitution is more needed now than ever, before the exploration of other mining. So once again Mr. President, when is it the right time to implement the rule of law?

Many years has elapsed since many Eritreans were imprisoned without due process, so when will it be the right time to bring them into the Court of Law, and when are you going to inform the love ones of those being held of their fate if they are indeed still alive?

Similarly, when are you going to let our younger generation be free, those who are scattered on the mountain under the deception of so-called National Service? You must realize, those young people are the future of Eritrea and they also have loved ones to feed.

Mr. president, there is a word in most dictionaries, the word is enough.

Enough is enough!

So, Mr. President what will be your promises for 2011?

Thank you,

Naz Yemane

Voice of Eritrea.


December 17, 2010

African Union Panel urges new plan to defuse Ethiopian, Eritrean border crisis

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 5:00 am

Algiers, Algeria – The African Union’s Panel of the Wise, which comprises respected statesmen and women, concluded a three-day conference here Tuesday, with a call on Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve their outstanding differences and repair strained ties.,-eritrean-border-crisis-2010121564241.html

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