Nur ďIsrael TabooĒ
Loose lips sinck ships
Somehow I disagree, but again not with every word of Dr..Abdullah
Osman El-Tom Excellent polemic ("Breaking a Taboo: Mr
Nur and his SLM office in Israel") About the later decision to open an offices in Israel. A move raises numerous questions that we would do well to debate. I will just try to deal with one:
First of all I
think Dr El-Tom understand being anti-Zionist does not make you anti-Jewish, and
that Israel occupation and Israelís treatment of
Palestinians is unacceptable, and
he is mistaken in thinking
there has been no call
by credible Sudanese politicians and Islamist leaders in the north of Sudan
for an end to the
ill- anti-Semitism, anti-Jewish sentimentsí
advocated wrongly by Imams and extremist alike, but wisely they are not for establishing
of see no evils
just hurried recognitions
sake of selves
in ending the boycott against Israel.
For the majority in our country case the boycott
solidarity merely only noticed by the passport stamp that prohibit its holder
only applies to our citizens not
travel to Israel. Same as Israeli law forbids its citizens to travel to "enemy states" without permission from the interior ministry. Breaches can lead to jail terms of up to four years.
In fact the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, endorsed by many non-Arab, non- Muslims and many
other organizations bodies across the globe. Sad proof that the SLM leader has let down
Palestine causesí s by deciding to ignores
the collective struggle against stats practices oppressions and ethnic cleansing,
wherever it maybe
to appease a well-connected and high-decibel Zionist lobby.
Although some may say let us take our hat off blindly for Israel for it being the only truly democratic state in our region. Let us also not to ignore the facts that Israel is not just one more "repressive and unsavoury country". It is a state which
over six decades, and with the shameful backing of western governments, has implemented a deliberate policy of
Politi-cide and ethnic cleansing in
Palestine and instigated conflict across the Middle East.
I find it uneasy not to include the Islamist extremist here and
what they also advocate
using the term Zionism like many blabbers
when the term is manipulated to refer
wrongly to many Friends of Israel groups and sometime including its own old enemies but never
was anything further
truth their involvement in Darfur. Even if there was this mythical "Zionist lobby" I am quite sure the Islamists or our politicians would not have succumbed to it. I prefer to use the term in pointing out to certain fundamentalists supporters of
the extremist in Israelís this include the extremist Christians pro-Israel
lobby , and those are indeed
many even in Sudan the refuge now days for
the like of David Koresh (the Waco .Texas massacre) style cults
and across Africa
like the Christian Evangelical Supporters of Israel
whom ten thousands of them travel to Israel to hold an annually parade during
the Jewish holiday of Sukkot
through the Palestinians territories wearing a UN like blue Biretta
with the Magen
the star of David on
with offensive writing crying
their support for Israel
on for it
to take the rest of
land and drive the Palestinian out,
they parade even in the west bank where Israel had
just handed back. I remember once an Israeli Jerusalemís Post reporter said while he was watching them during one of these annual parade ďwe donít believe them they have their own agendaís ď!?.Let us guess what are these agendaís he is referring to.. it maybe?
Again itís the religionís
as some Christians groups truly believe that once the Jew occupied
whole holly lands then thatís the time when Jesusí will come back, and some believe Christian should support Israel as a religion duty,
they come from as far a field as New Zealand and Rwanda beside
the neo-con Right Ėwing.
Even the Vaticanís envoy in the Holly land and bishops from three other churches launched a rare attack on the Christian Zionist movement accusing it of promoting ďracial exclusivity and perpetual warĒ and that I think said it all.
Back to our debate it may ring true if we were to compare
what is going in our country to Zionism, the ideology that inspires the Israeli state, and its aims to deprive one ethnic group of its land and state in order to ensure maximum space and
resources for another ethnic group. As ex-US President Jimmy Carter rightly asserted, in recent history only apartheid South Africa compares with Israel. But I will not shamefully add my country to this list, even under
this regime we joined the like of China, North Korea, Burma or Zimbabwe, for example? Because in Israel Arabs Cannot even use the same toilets as Jews, or travel on the same buses or the
same theatres not to mention the New Berlin wall.
Let's make the successful international struggle against apartheid, hatreds and extremist our example.
The action by the SLM and Mr Al Nur
in general does not have a vital and valid role to play in defending Israelís friends within Sudan. I think the SLM decision on establishing
was a piece of
ill-advised posturing - but this is hardly a unique development: I might be able to mention a few instances when statements appears as if the movement is an elected body by the people they were still to liberates.
Those in the SLM or JEM who want to join this crusade will have to explain what they did when it happened in Darfur. But I doubt if it's the end of gesture appeasing politics within the Sudan many of a kind libration movements, for there is another duck waddling along the wall.
I have no idea what this will achieve in practice, but I would suggest the SLM and the JEM uses this opportunity to promote
race and tribal cohesionsí ,justice and equality within our country first, than seen as mercenary
the new world
order , and let us remember in trying to objectively represent
with us our people
during their struggle against discriminations
while operating any kind of
friendship with state advocate for such is abhorrent
to most of us.
And please some time reading the anti-northerners
bitter views make me wish to ask is it ethical (by Liberation movement standards) for such (mis)information masquerading as press releases to be incorporated into feature domestic output. By all means follow your own beliefs in your own time, but let's keep Sudan and the effort to remove this rťgime politically independent. We will be the stronger for it.
I also disagree with Dr El-Tom that Darfur people are sold to Al Bashir on this issue or any, Iím sure everybody knows generally in northern Sudan people only object to "political" motions when they disagree with the politics - it's not a point of principle. No-one objects when the JEM or SLM makes policy on political issues we share about the country present situation now and then.
For some saying that those who objected to Mr Nur move are only from the NCP supporters its not healthy for a feature we both want to see.
People should debate each issue on its merit, not some false divide between "Northerners" and "non-Northerners ďor "Islamist" and "non-Islamist". The Sudanese people are perfectly capable of understanding a range of views while also forming an opinion. It's a pretty basic life skill.
One of the many ironies is that Dr El-Tom is the Head of JEM strategic planning and only giving here his own personal views not
those in his movement. because its quite surprising to see him amused by rejection for such "political" motions by
struggling people on the ground back home while the addressers are
own sons abroad, I think the African say ďHe who is being carried does not realize how far the town isĒ is just what sprung to mind when reading any strategist
views from Diaspora.
There's another assertion that is being repeated often by these movements and the local media in the hope that
it becomes truth - and that is that by adopting a position on anything, a Northerner who is also an opposition
compromises their independence. This is patronising
On the other hands I agree with many who see the bigger picture in the feature of our country
foreign politics, If we are going to talk about a racist state and whom we should and shouldnít have a relationship with. I look no further
than Saudi Arabia, the great
friend of Sudan's pro-Arab, anti-Jewish, anti-Christian Government, where no Christians
to go about freely not
to mention a Jewish even to enter it. Then
we shouldnít have anythingís to do with
them because in the Sudan that we all want to see we happen to have the
in the North and
south , not just
the south as the stereo-type religious racist
tend to believe, and come to equate the communist SPLA with Christianity in Sudan.
Finally, again before I conclude this fatal attraction to instant Journalism I would like you all to take a moments and think of those old ,sick children and crying mothers in this minute this night waiting in the many scattered
refugees camps under no covers ,for
us to bring justice from abroad and no need reminding its very cold
*Hatim El Madani