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January 23, 2017 / 25 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘starvation’

Namibians Suing Germany for 1904 Genocide

Monday, January 9th, 2017

In January 1904, the Herero and Nama nations rebelled against German colonial rule. In August, German General Lothar von Trotha defeated the Herero in the Battle of Waterberg and drove them into the desert, where most of them died of dehydration. In October, the Nama people also rebelled against the Germans and suffered the same fate.

Between 24,000 and 100,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama died. The first phase of the genocide was characterized by widespread death from starvation and dehydration as the Germans prevented the retreating Herero from leaving the Desert. Later, thousands of Herero and Nama were imprisoned in concentration camps, where the majority died of disease, abuse, and exhaustion.

In 1985, the UN’ Whitaker Report classified those events as an attempt to exterminate the Herero and Nama peoples of South-West Africa, and therefore one of the earliest cases of genocide in the 20th century. In 2004, the German government recognized and apologized for the events, but ruled out financial compensation for the victims’ descendants. In July 2015, the German government and the speaker of the Bundestag officially described the events “genocide” and “part of a race war,” but continued to refuse to pay reparations, because saying it pays millions of dollars of development aid to the country instead.

Last Thursday, according to MmaringReport, the Ovaherero and Nama people filed a lawsuit in NY for unspecified sums against Germany, to seek reparations and compensation for the atrocities. Representatives of the Herero and Nama tribes also filed a class-action complaint with the UN Thursday against the German government, seeking reparations and a place at the negotiating table.

The tribesmen people also claim that the German government also looked the other way regarding rape by German colonists of indigenous women, as well as the use of slave labor.

“The only difference [between the Jewish Holocaust and our own] is that the Jews are white and we are black,” Herero chief Sam Kambazembi told the NY Times last December.

JNi.Media

Rivlin to Travel to Ukraine for 75th Babi Yar Commemoration

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin is set to travel to Ukraine for a state visit Monday evening with the First Lady to participate in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Babi Yar Massacre.

The president is scheduled to lay a wreath on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kiev, and at the memorial to the Holodomor, the mass starvation in the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33.

Rivlin will also meet with his Ukraine counterpart, President Poroshenko, and will also address a special plenary session of the Ukraine Parliament.

Later in the week, Rivlin will meet with Jewish community leaders in Kiev at the Intercontinental Hotel. He will also meet with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman at the prime minister’s office.

Rivlin will join other world leaders and other officials who are expected to attend a ceremony on Thursday commemorating 75 years since the Babi Yar Massacre.

The First Couple are scheduled to return to Israel on Friday morning, ahead of the Sabbath.

Hana Levi Julian

Bloodbath in Syria Kills 160 Rebels and Soldiers

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and loyalists to Syrian President Bassar al-Assad has claimed at least 160 lives in the suburbs of Damascus the past two days as the regimes continues to use starvation as a weapon.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said deadly clashes broke out on Friday in Ghouta, east of the capital, where the government has prevented food, water and medicine from entering.

Most of the casualties reportedly were from Al Qaeda  groups trying to open the supply road. One of those killed was said to be Ammar Tabajo, who has used an alias to  transmit to Western media information, such as the chemical weapons attack last August.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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