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September 18, 2004 |
As Jews entered the High Holy Days this week in the midst of reports of genocide in Sudan, one of the nation's leading rabbis is exhorting Jews to make good a vow born out of the ashes of the Holocaust: "Never again!" The appeal by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino may sound more like a theme for Yom Hashoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day -- than for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Wednesday.
August 28, 2007
Re "Jewish group recognizes Armenian genocide," Aug. 23 I hope Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman will reconsider Rabbi Hillel's summary of the Bible: "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary." There can be no adequate justification for such a blatant, calculated half-measure in response to any genocide.
May 5, 2006
Re "Thousands Rally to Stop the Violence in Darfur," May 1 The number of deaths in the Darfur genocide cited in the article is inaccurate and discounts the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. The Times refers to the figure of "more than 180,000" deaths having occurred since the beginning of this genocide. That number is based on outdated U.N. figures released in March 2005. Even at that time, that figure represented only the number of people who had died from disease and malnutrition; it failed to include people who had suffered violent deaths or those killed across the border in Chad, even though those deaths were also caused by the Sudanese government and the janjaweed militia it supports.
June 15, 2007
Re "U.S. relies on Sudan despite condemning it," June 11 It is appalling to read the justification for U.S. reliance on Sudanese spies provided by a former CIA official: "There's not much that blond-haired, blue-eyed case officers from the United States can do in the entire Middle East, and there's nothing they can do in Iraq." Maybe the real reason the CIA supposedly needs to rely on the genocidal government of Sudan is that it is blind or possibly racist. Only a blind person could conclude that America's population, made up of immigrants from all over the world, is mostly blond-haired and blue-eyed, and it is a racist organization that would hire only blond-haired and blue-eyed Americans.
November 18, 2008
Re "When mass rape turns into genocide," Opinion, Nov. 13 David Scheffer is correct. The International Criminal Court must include the crime of rape as genocide in its long-anticipated arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir. The threat of these arrest warrants has finally caused a change in the status quo, after six years of genocide. Recognizing that rape is a tool of genocide sends a clear message that rape is a crime that diminishes humanity as a whole.
October 15, 2013
Re "Africans dispute tribunals," Oct. 13 It is hardly a surprise that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir are calling on the African Union to withdraw its support of the International Criminal Court. Both have been charged by the ICC with crimes against humanity. It is not a surprise that these criminally indicted "leaders" wish to sustain the culture of impunity that is running rampant in too many countries in Africa. The African Union is to be commended for its refusal, so far, to support this sinister proposal for its member countries to withdraw en masse from the ICC. Kenyatta and Bashir claim that it is disrespectful to indict and try government leaders in the ICC. Respect is earned, not conferred.