When Silence isn’t Golden

Tarek Fatah has written an expose in the Canadian National Post about how the Muslim world has silently shrugged off the killing of over one hundred Muslim Uighurs in China last week.  Not a peep was heard, and Tarek Fatah wonders whether it is in part because “China is the trusted ally of the Arab world”.   As he states, “This is not the first time the so-called Ummah has shrugged off the massacre of fellow Muslims. During Kosovo’s war with Serbia, Islamists depicted Kosovar Muslims not as victims, but as American agents. More recently, the genocide of Darfuri Black Muslims at the hands of the Arab janjaweed militia and the Sudanese government has passed unnoticed by the larger Islamic world.”

He notes that “on Monday, thousands of Egyptians did come out in Alexandria to protest … but not against the Chinese government. Their anger was directed at Germany, where a racist hate-monger had murdered Marwa Sherbini, an Egyptian woman.”

As a reminder to us that Israel is not the only focus of negative attention, Tarek Fatah adds that “the Muslim demonstrators in Alexandria shouted a bizarre chant to express their anger. “There is no god but God, and the Germans are the enemies of God,” they screamed…   But where were these protesters when, on Dec. 30, 2005, hundreds of Egyptian riot police stormed through a makeshift refugee camp in central Cairo to clear it of 2,500 Darfuri Muslims, beating to death 28 people, among them women and children? Were those lives less valuable than the life of Marwa Shirbini?

Tarek Fatah concludes with a reminder of the tragic death of the Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan.  “..Moreover, no one seems to be looking for the murderer of another Muslim girl. Neda Agha-Soltan was shot dead in Tehran by the Iranian government-backed militia. No one protested her death in the Muslim world outside Iran, nor asked for her killer to be brought to justice. Why? Perhaps because her killer was a fellow Muslim.”

Meanwhile, the Iranian protesters courageously continue their struggle to be heard – and we need to keep publicising and supporting their efforts.

It all brings to mind Silence of the Lambs – now you’ve seen a reminder, follow it with some light relief with commentaries 1 and 2.

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2 thoughts on “When Silence isn’t Golden

  1. Naomi - Israel July 24, 2009 at 4:51 am -

    you don’t have to go far….

    not long ago the “Hamas” and the “Fatach” were fighting and killing each other in Gaza.
    people, most of them the “fatach”, were tortured by the Hamas people and nobody said anything and nobody from the arab world really cared….

  2. I agree with your comment, Naomi.

    Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, expressed that sentiment well, as we included in a previous blog item (http://localhost:8888/jca/?p=116)

    Gillerman said “Every single day, Muslims are killed by Muslims. You do not see a single Muslim leader get up and say. “Enough is enough.” It’s nearly as if we live in a world where if Christians kill Muslims, it’s a crusade. If Jews kill Muslims, it’s a massacre. And when Muslims kill Muslims, it’s the Weather Channel. Nobody cares.”