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A few weeks ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu — as the figurehead of the Global March on Jerusalem — planned to liberate the Palestinians and punish their Jewish “oppressors.” The Global March boasted it would gather hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Arabs, Muslims and Western “human rights activists” to overcome the Israelites in their capital and claim it for the Arabs. In the minds of some marchers, surely, it would be a step toward casting the cruel Jews into the sea. But the million-man army never showed up. Somehow they lost their way. The Sinai Desert, site of the ancient Jewish disorientation, was to be a route for the Global Marchers. Had they actually crossed it on their way to claim Jerusalem, they literally would have passed over this generation’s slaves. Seeking refuge from war and oppression, Africans from Eritrea and Sudan today pay Arabs to guide them toward the land of Israel. They often wind up serving Egyptian masters as cruel as Pharaoh himself. As you read this, international aid agencies, Arab news services and Israeli human rights groups are reporting the capture, torture, extortion, rape and murder of these African wanderers. The fate of many of them is no longer a mystery: Israeli rights groups and others have documented the killing of captives, and the harvesting and sale of their body parts. But the West’s human rights establishment, which swoons over tales of Palestinian suffering, has not taken much notice. And this Passover, these black slaves were simply ignored by the good archbishop and his liberating army.
Arabs and Muslims themselves have so much more to fear from Arabs and Muslims. Death at the hands of Jews is the anomaly. Yet Tutu delights in making that the world’s cause. So, Archbishop, is it the killing? Or is it perhaps that the Jews so excite you?
We in Boston recall that when Tutu came here to protest Jewish “oppression” of Arabs, two former slaves from Sudan led our counter protest. They shamed Tutu, suggesting the Arabs purchased his silence about Arab slaving of blacks in Sudan, which persists today. Was it not for his care and love for black people in South Africa that Archbishop Tutu won world acclaim? How explain, then, that the suffering of blacks of Northern Africa — exponentially worse – does not attract his concern? Hatred of Israel? Love of the Arabs? Power? Money?