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Open Letter to: The Ambassador of the State of Israel Yaoundé, République du Cameroun

From: A Collective of Anglophone Cameroonians in the Diaspora.

 

Shalom, Your Excellency!

 

We, a collective of Africans from Southern Cameroon, the English-speaking part of Cameroon, which is going through a bloody civil war and refugee crisis, have the honour to address this letter to you. We are friends of Israel. Some of us live legally in Israel, some of us have studied in Israel or visited Israel on business or attended academic conferences there, while others have paid religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, the Jordan River, etc.

 

We wish to state that we followed with interest, the widely-disseminated press release of February 4, 2019 from the Israeli Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, condemning the televised anti-Semitic and tribalistic comments of Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Justice, Hon. Jean de Dieu MOMO. The minister implied that the Jewish victims of Hitler’s monstrous and unspeakable genocide were in fact the culprits of the genocide.We condemn in the strongest possible terms, terms this attempt by Mr. MOMO to make light of the massacre of millions of innocent men, women and children for personal political gain.

 

We therefore welcome the decision of the Cameroon government to apologize unreservedly for these ignorant and extremely hateful remarks which were in fact a veiled attempt to justify crimes against humanity directed at minorities in Cameroon.

 

Honorable Ambassador, while we condemn historic crimes against humanity, as well as diminishment of those crimes, we must not turn a blind eye to contemporary human rights violations and crimes against humanity, even though these crimes do not rise to the level, scope, or magnitude of the Jewish Holocaust.  We are talking about well-documented crimes against humanity being committed in the English-Speaking Southern Cameroon as we speak by the Cameroon military, and specifically, the elite military unit, BIR (Brigade d’Intervention Rapide), which is trained, equipped and commanded by former Israeli military officers.

 

 

On February 7, 2018, Israeli human rights lawyer, Eitay Mack, and 15 other Israeli human rights activists wrote to the Israeli Defense Export Agency, Israeli Ministry of Defense, complaining about the massive human rights violations of the BIR in North Cameroon as well as Southern Cameroon (North West and South West regions).  The Israeli activists ably and accurately presented the historical and political dimensions of the on-going Anglophone problem in Cameroon. They documented the crimes against humanity committed by the BIR, and reproduced denunciations of these crimes by the African Union, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the European Union, Amnesty International, and multiple other governments and organization.

 

http://bamendaonline.net/report-isreali-lawyers-call-ban-arm-export-bir-n-demaging-report/

 

According to human rights observers, the Israeli-supplied Cameroun army and BIR have attacked and burned down more than 100 villages, and killed thousands of civilians. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that more than 50, 000 Southern Cameroon refugees have so far crossed into Nigeria, while more than 200,000 people are internally displaced. Many of these refugees will head to Europe, others will head for the shores of Israel

 

In the light of this human right catastrophe in which Israel is directly and indirectly involved through its training and equipping of the notorious BIR, Mr. Eitay Mack and his colleagues called on the Israeli government to stop exporting Israeli weapons to the BIR. They concluded that:

“The citizens of Israel, the State of Israel or the Knesset have never declared war on the residents of the English-speaking provinces of Cameroon, and have never voted to support the eternal reign of an aging dictator.”

 

The Collective of Anglophone Southern Cameroonians in the Diaspora, which considers itself afriend of Israel, associates itself with the sentiments of Mr. Eitay Mack and his Israeli human rights activist colleagues, and call on the government of Israel to refrain from being a partner in crimes against humanity in Southern Cameroon.

 

Your Excellency, please accept the expression of our highest consideration

 

The Collective of Anglophone Cameroonians in the Diaspora.

 

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