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‘My hell in an Israeli jail’: 90% of Israeli prisoners are Black

July 23, 2009

by Janelle Oswald

Jamaican-British filmmaker Ishmahil Blagrove boards the Spirit of Humanity June 29, intending to take aid to Gaza. One of the Free Gaza 21, who were abducted by the Israeli Navy and held in Israel’s Ramle Prison for a week, he told Sky News via a cell phone provided by British consular services, “Africans, like Palestinians, are being persecuted by the Israeli government and the world needs to know.” He says the Israeli prison population is 90 percent Black.
Jamaican-British filmmaker Ishmahil Blagrove boards the Spirit of Humanity June 29, intending to take aid to Gaza. One of the Free Gaza 21, who were abducted by the Israeli Navy and held in Israel’s Ramle Prison for a week, he told Sky News via a cell phone provided by British consular services, “Africans, like Palestinians, are being persecuted by the Israeli government and the world needs to know.” He says the Israeli prison population is 90 percent Black.
Black British filmmaker Ishmahil Blagrove has launched an outspoken attack against the “racist” Israeli government after being abducted from the high seas and imprisoned for seven days.

Jamaica-born Blagrove, who lives in West London, was one of six British nationals taking part in a mercy mission to Gaza on who were seized from the vessel Spirit of Humanity on June 30 by Israeli military forces.

The ship, which Blagrove says was illegally boarded in international waters, was bringing a cargo of medicines, children’s toys and reconstruction materials to the devastated people of Gaza.

“I’m not concerned with the time that I spent in jail because I am now free; however, there are still thousands of people being persecuted as we speak,” said Blagrove.

“I went on the voyage to deliver medical aid and toys and film a documentary about Palestinians living in Gaza post the 22-day bombing last year; however, I was unable to fulfill my mission and have now returned with a bigger story to tell. Africans, like Palestinians, are being persecuted by the Israeli government and the world needs to know.”

Sailing from Larnaca, Cyprus, with a crew of 21 human rights activists and humanitarian workers and journalists from 11 different countries, those on board included Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.

Blagrove told how Israeli warships surrounded their vessel threatening to open fire if they did not turn back.

“We were 18 miles off the coast of Gaza and 23 miles outside the international waters boundaries. The Israelis made contact with us via radio at approximately 1:30 a.m. Our ship had been given security clearance by the port authorities in Cyprus so we posed no threat, yet the Israeli government insisted that we aborted our journey.

“When we refused to be intimidated, they jammed our instrumentation and blocked our GPS, radar and navigation systems, putting our lives at risk.

“Before we knew it, we were surrounded by four Zodiac Special Forces, which are Israeli gunships, and helicopters were also flying over our heads. They stormed our ship and took us against our will to Ashdod Port in Israel.

“They confiscated and destroyed all our equipment, including all our medical aid and toys, and eventually we were all taken to Ramle High Security Prison where we were imprisoned.”

Describing his experience inside Ramle, Blagrove said: “Without insulting the memory of those that have survived the Nazi concentration camps, the prison we were kept in can only be described in that manner. But, most astonishingly, the prison was full of Black Africans. I was absolutely dumbfounded!

“Israel operates under a right-wing racist government that discriminates against anyone that is non-Jewish.

“The first day I was there, I witnessed 500 Africans, scooped from the streets of Tel Aviv, thrown into prison. The next day 300 more Africans were taken in and the prison population continues to grow daily with Africans falling victim to the Israeli judiciary system.

“There were Africans from the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Eritrea and so on. The prison population in Israel is 90 percent Black, which is why I was so welcomed by fellow inmates. There are thousands upon thousands of Africans inside the Israeli prisons.

“I was told atrocious stories. Real harrowing tales and countless inmates that have been transferred from one prison to the other informed me and that every prison is the same and the government is refusing to send them back to their own country.”

Haunted by the conditions of the prison, he said: “I shared a 7-foot by 7-foot cell with 14 others. We were constantly being barked at and threatened with physical abuse. If you disobey, prisoners are stripped naked and put inside a hole with no lights or heating. We were seen as sub-human.

“In the corner of the room there was a white plastic bag full of single slices of bread, which was our breakfast, lunch and dinner. If we were lucky, they occasional gave us a cup of yoghurt to share.

“The toilets are two tubes and to pass your waste you have to aim and squat. The smell was indescribable because it was a mixture of sweat, urine and feces.”

Explaining that the government officials tried to force him to sign documents in Hebrew, which is illegal, as all prisoners must be able to understand what they are consenting to, Blagrove said: “My fellow passengers and I were only kept for seven days because they knew the world was watching.”

Quoting Martin Luther King, Blagrove stated: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I want people to realize that social injustice is an international struggle and one man’s suffering in any region around the world cannot be ignored by others.”

The filmmaker, who is currently make a documentary about African roots in Cuba, added: “The Israeli government has been very clever in stopping the truth being told about their regime, because whenever anybody speaks out they are instantly labeled anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish.

“I challenge anybody to go and investigate the crimes against humanity inside Israeli prisons and the people of Gaza.

“I am disturbed that the mainstream British media, and in particular the BBC, has chosen to ignore what is taking place in Israel.

“If we had been kidnapped by Iranians, it would have been front page on every newspaper and David Milliband would have made a public statement, including Gordon Brown and Barack Obama.

“There is a conspiracy of silence to protect Israel from the crimes it commits. The biggest lie ever told is that Israel is defending themselves from Palestinians who are trying to kill them. Until people broaden their minds and really unearth the truth this problem will not go away.”

This story originally appeared in The Voice.

25 thoughts on “‘My hell in an Israeli jail’: 90% of Israeli prisoners are Black

  1. pontiacpride

    Seriously–all black? Did he take a poll of the Israeli prison system?

    I think this story is bullshit

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  2. Odelia

    One should tend to the problems in their own homes, before looking into another’s yard and commenting on the changes that need to be made. I do not dispute this gentleman’s experience, and regret he had to endure such hardships. I would be curious to know what percentage of black inmates are part of the general populous in U.S. correctional facilities, and how they compare to the ratio of African American citizen’s that live in America, on the whole.

    Perhaps Mr. Balgrove is not aware that prisons are not designed with the comfort level of the inmates as a top priority. There is no excuse for inhumane treatment, but what about the prisons in other countries? Has Mr. Balgrove investigated the conditions in prisons in Turkey or Mexico? If not, why? How about Cuban prisons? I hear a stay in an Iranian prison is much like a stay in a desert retreat.

    I am surprised this gentleman was unaware of the risks he was taking, before embarking on his mission.

    Receiving security clearance from one country is not an automatic assurance of “…posing no threat…” to the host country one is about to enter. That is equivalent to a ship receiving security clearance from Mexico, and automatically granted entrance into the U.S. ; without any follow up investigation. If Mexico gave a thumbs up, why should America bother to look into it? Also, the definition of “threat”, is directly related to point of reference.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, and also ashamed to admit, but as I am a Jewish-Israeli-American, I can attest, that in fact, the statement that the Israeli government discriminates against anyone that is non-Jewish, is a blatant lie.
    They have no qualms about discrimination and double standard against Jews as well as non Jews alike. They are more than fair in discriminating against everyone equally. The main concern of the Israeli government is homeland security. A potential threat, is a potential. They are not picky about the origin of the threat, and are not afforded the luxury of time to see the “potential threat” actualized, before they act upon it.

    Dr King’s quote should never be forgotten. It is an, all too painfully true statement. No man’s suffering should be ignored by his fellow man. However, pain and suffering, in there very nature, cannot be quantified. Unfortunately, we live in a world where one need not travel far, to find a fellow man that is in a state of suffering, and in need of aid. It can even be done on foot.

    Pardon my ignorance, but I was unaware that Jamaica (Mr. Balgrove’s country of origin) has reached a point where men experiencing the hardships of suffering and injustice are few and far between. I suppose the same can be said about Great Britain. I infer this from Mr. Balgrove’s burnig desire to help his fellow man in need. I commend him for traveling such a great distance to find one he can help. I am happy he did not come across anyone in Jamaica or Great Britain that was in need of assistance. Again, suffering is not something that can be quantified.

    It is true that the world is watching. The world has always kept a keen eye on both the Jews as a people, and Israel as a nation from its’ inception. What I find fascinating is how, depending on the spectator, they both watch and turn a blind eye, at the same time, depending on their objective. Is that justice?

    Being a Jew in Israel is not a free ride. The country is roughly the size of Rhode Island, and flanked on all sides by hostile neighboring countries whom have openly admitted their ultimate objective is to drive the Jews into the sea.

    Let us not forget Chamberlain’s famous words, “peace in our time”. I hope we have not forgotten where that led us. I believe in peace, but not “a little piece here, a little piece there, until there is not a piece left.

    I would think the Arabs would be happy with a country that frowns upon anti-Semitism, as they are Semites themselves.

    I am astounded at Mr. Balgrove’s unmittigated gall, in describing a prison he was incarcerated in, by comparing it to something he knows nothing about; Nazi concentration camps. It is not only an insult to those that survived the horrors of the Nazi regime, but a mockery of the memory of the ten million
    ( Jews and non-Jews alike) who died, while the world remained silent and watched. Only after the fact, the cries of “we did not know”, echoed throughout the world, in hopes of receiving absolution.

    Unless Mr. Balgrove was unfortunate enough to have had endured spending time in a Nazi concentration camp, or at least was an eye witness to the goings on in such camps, how can he make reference to something he did not experience, in order to describe something he did experience? If the man did, in fact, endure both experiences, then he has every right to comment, and I would like to apologize to him, so please correct me if I am mistaken.

    I am in a state of euphoria upon hearing that it is a lie that Israel is trying to defend themselves from Palestinians who are trying to kill them. Phew, what a relief! Just a silly little old lie, made up in order to force the young Israeli men and women to serve in the army, and keep them out of harm’s way.

    I will make it a point to inform my cousin, who lost her only child in a suicide bombing at an Israeli disco, that the intent of the Palestinian suicide bomber was not at all to kill anyone. It was not an act of violence, he was only trying to get in the club without having to pay the cover charge. Kids these days can be so silly. He forgot he had a bomb in the car, and was only trying to park. The car lurched, no harm intended. I am sure it will help to ease the pain of her loss.

    I am the first to admit I know very little about the ways of the world. I attempt to make reference to things of which I have first hand knowledge. Please feel free to correct any misconceptions I may be operating under. I mean that in the utmost sincerity. I only ask you do not waste anyone’s time with sweeping generalizations, which lack facts that can be corroberated to support your point of you.

    It is sad but true, that the “sins of the fathers will visit the sons” The particular meaning I glean from this quote, is that hatred and wrongdoings are passed from generation to generation, until the cycle is broken. Children are brought in to this world with a blank slate. They do not know from hatred, they are taught to hate. They do not know from fear, they learn to be afraid.

    Perhaps it is time for the adults to step aside. Enough time has passed with a gross lack of progress. Maybe we would all be better served if resources; energy, time and money, which are not of infinite supply, were to be focused on opening a dialogue with the future generations now, before they are influenced by the rhetoric of their elders. There is still hope for a better tomorrow, if one starts today.

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  3. Valmont63

    Judaism is an ancient and interesting religion while Israel is something more along the lines of an urban squat. It is not, nor can it be, anti-semetic to report facts about the political entity called Israel, if they are indeed facts. It cannot even be said to be anti-semetic to prefer one middle eastern group to the Israelis because they are all semetic.
    It can however be considered anti-Jewish for Israel to repeatedly attempt to make Judaism and Israel fungible while continuing the hubristic policies that we are continually hearing about and which can no longer be kept hidden from the world because of the ability for the victims to communicate worldwide

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  4. StanWilk

    Here we go. I guess I am the only one willing to take this article at face value. The man was just reporting what he saw. I do not know where all this hate and animosity is coming from, but he was there and I wasn’t. So I tend to believe him. All these long comments that people submit only confuse those that try to understand what is being written. Make it short people! KISS…
    The mission was to bring aid to the bombed out regular folks over there. Nothing else! The rest comes from someone always trying to make it seem like it is a conspiracy or plot to rule the world. They had food, toys, building materials for God’s sake! Stop it.. Some people just care..

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  5. ezesinachi

    Evil doers never changes. Mr. Blagrove it baffles me that you can be a racist unto your own race, what you have committed is a taboo by allowing yourself to be dragged into an anti-Semitics politics and prejudices thus using you to insight the black people against the Jews. oh am sure you are looking at black African as primitive an non educated people who have no sense of reasoning therefore cannot be able to burst your package of lies, cannot be able to figure out the fact that when one is arrested he/she is not given the duty of a receptionist to start counting the number of people arrested in one day. My dear Blagrove, you came up with figure of 500 people for the first day and 300 people for the second day, which means an average of 400 black Africans daily. This implies 12,000 monthly. you also mention that an inmate told you that the government is refusing to send them back to their respective Countries, have you taking pains to find out the financial cost of taking care of 12,000 inmates( i.e. only in the prison where you were detained) Mr. Blagrove you are a blatant lair and a disgrace to your race. You quoted Martin Luther King when you said “that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where” if I must be realistic with you I can no longer waste my time to analyse what you have done, but I want you to understand that you have sold yourself and betrayed your race. This is difficult to forgive for those who understood what you have done.

    I wish to assure the Israeli and the Jew’s community that this Mr. Blagrove of a man is blatant lair and he is only been used to insight the black Africans, unfortunately his propaganda report lack conviction and intellectual ability to insight people therefore should be ignored.

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  6. Powwah

    Im willing to bet that all of these negative retorts are from so call jews.Blagrove reported the truth,there continues to be world wide anti-african laws.READ THE HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AFRICA AND jews.secondly travel and see for yourselves.EYES DONT LIE

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  7. Peter Bailey

    I’ve been surfing the net on this story and it would appear that the zionist republican guard are out to discredit this story as they do anything that criticises israel. Ishmahil Blagrove was incarcerated in an Israeli prison and spoke of his experience. If you visit any site with this article you will read the same feedback and criticism almost verbatim without any logical focus.

    You ask has he investigated the prisons of Turkey or Mexico as though he has no right to criticise Israeli prisons until he visits a few more. Could you imagine sugesting to a British citizen who was critical of Iran after just being released from an Iranian prison, that their criticism is unwarranted because they hadn’t visited a Brazilian or Congolese prison. I suppose the logic escaped you.

    Someone on another forum pointed out a very important and clear fact which I think people should spread word about. The Zionist movement has groups and individuals that float around the internet, visiting forums and blogs criticising and attempting to discredit anyone who dares to criticise Israel.

    Check out the voice online where the article first appeared. The two main bloggers are Joy Wolfe and a woman named Lisa Richlen. Well check this out.

    Joy Wolfe is the President of the Zionist Federation as well as a member of many other Zionist organisations and it would appear from my sojourn on google, that she attacks anyone who criticises Israel.

    Lisa Richlen is the webmaster for the World Zionist Organisation.

    Something is very fishy, including the posts on this site. SPREAD THE WORD.

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  8. Angel

    I am not and never have been a Jew or a black person but what this man is saying is ludicrous … but he has got the media and people in general attention and I think as a non-entity, unknown and probably struggling film maker he has achieved his aim in becoming known and obtaining finance for his further defamatory stories.

    He would be better off researching his ”stories” before phoning the media again and stirring more problems than is needed.

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  9. Peter Bailey

    Can you explain what appears to be so ludicrous about what he has said, especially when what he has said has been verified by the former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Perhaps you ought to look at youtube and see what Cynthia McKinney had to say about Africans/blacks in Israeli prisons and she was held in a totally different part of the prison to Ishmahil Blagrove.

    As I mentioned earlier, many people seem to make remarks and comments that appear devoid of impartiality and solely based upon emotion and the refusal to believe any criticism of Israel. This used to be true of the USA until people woke up and realised that all wasn’t has it seemed.

    You mention “stirring up problems”. You fail to even address the issue of Africans being incarcerated – I suppose we should let them rot. I can only assume that anyone who ignores the issue is a RACIST!!! could you imagine ignoring the issue if these were JEWS in African jails.

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  10. Odelia

    Actually, a group of Africans, Ethiopian JEWS, were persecuted and endured many an injustice and hardships for centuries. So you do not have to imagine what were to happen if a such an issue were to hypothetically occur. It did happen. The result, time passed, and NO ONE intervened, more time passed. Israel executed a rescue mission.

    I would like to clarify, I took Mr. Balgrove’s account of his experience to be true. He has every right to recount what he has experienced, again point of reference comes into play. He has a right to recount his experience in an Israeli prison. However, I do not believe his objective on the onset of his journey was to do an expose’ on any correctional facility. I believe he stated his intent was to offer aid.

    I did not intimate he has no right to convey what he experienced in one prison, unless he has spent time in several others facilities. I wish to know his point of reference. What has his cumulative life experiences been, that have led him to the point where he can upgrade from commentary to criticism. The two should not be confused. Rare is the man who has earned the right to criticize, unless he has walked a mile in the other man’s shoes.

    At the end of the day, he embarked on a mission to help others who were suffering injustice, but he turned it into a story where he and the injustice he was forced to endure became the focal point.

    Israel is in a unique situation, and it’s policies are far from perfect, but they continue to fight for survival. Why is fighting for survival a crime?

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  11. Peter Bailey

    Having visited the website of the organization Mr Blagrove works for ricenpeas.com it would appear that he has quite a wealth of personal experience which it would seem stretches from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America and most recently his documentary about the discrimination faced by Aborigines in Australia “This Is Our Country Too”. The article also mentioned that he was heading to Gaza to make a documentary, so I am not sure what you mean by turning his story into the focal point.

    It seems that you prefer to ignore the circumstances of those Africans in Israeli jails in preference to reminding readers about how Israel helped Ethiopias “Jews”. The problem is those incarcerated are not “Jewish”.

    In response to your final point: likewise, I would suggest the Palestinian people are fighting for their survival, why is it that their fight is a crime?

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  12. Odelia

    Dear Mr. Baily,

    I would like to thank you for shedding much needed light upon specifics of the initial article, of which I was unaware. I appreciate you giving me the information to confirm my initial misgivings as to Mr. Balgrove’s genuine intent on embarking on such a daunting task.

    As you have pointed out, he is a worldly man, not an anonymous face in the crowd, out to help ANY fellow man he comes across throughout his journeys across the globe, whom has endured an injustice. He is selective when it comes to those he cares to lend his assistance. I take no issue with what he chooses to peruse. It is his prerogative.

    He is also a filmmaker. That alone; speaks volumes. Not just a filmmaker, moreover, a documentarian. I believe, has much to say about the subject matter which fuels his passion. Again, nothing wrong with standing up and speaking out for a cause one believes in, in earnest.

    I do take issue with the disingenuous way in which the article written, by Janelle Oswald. The article paints a picture of a man that wants to help those in need, by going on a mercy mission to bring a cargo of medical supplies and children’s toys to the people in Gaza. The documentary was mentioned as a footnote, and I believe Mr. Balgrove intimated the film was to focus on the victims of the bombings in Gaza, as was his attempt in aiding those people.

    To clarify my point to you, Mr Balley, he ended up focusing on the injustices he endured, and the treatment of the African’s in the in the Israeli prison’s. In essence, the story of the people in Gaza got lost in the shuffle. I was under the impression that a documentarian differs from other filmmakers, in the sense they do not put themselves in the foreground of the issues at hand.

    Unfortunately, you are incorrect, yet again, as I do not prefer to ignore the circumstances of the Africans in Israeli prisons. Again, it is true that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice in its entirety (to paraphrase Dr. King).
    It is just such a gross travesty of justice in the Middle East, one is sometimes unclear as to where to begin in an attempt to rectify the situation.

    You Sir, not I, made reference to “JEWISH” Africans, in African Jails. I wonder, if in your mind you perceive them to no longer be Africans, because they are Jewish. I am not happy to remind readers about the fact the Israeli’s came to their aid. It saddens me when other nations stand back and watch, until the Jews and Israeli’s are the only one’s left to take up their causes.

    There are two sides to every coin. The Palestinians have every right to their own homeland, but not at the expense of the bloodshed of children; Palestinians and Jews alike.

    Let us not forget the fact that Israel respected the borders that the U.N. gave them at the inception of the State. We were not thrilled, but we were wiling to give it a shot. We did not wage war, and attack our neighbors, in hopes of taking over more land. Action leads to reaction. It is the law of “Cause and Effect”. When one is attacked, the natural progression is to fight back. Why are we critisisized for defending ourselves, and then forced to give back land we won in wars we did not initiate? I do not see the U.S. offering to give back land that once belonged to Mexico. What about the American Indians? Shouldn’t the U.S. offer up a bit of land to them? Oops! Sorry, I forgot most of them were executed, how convenient.

    Well, such is the way of man, to live in a fantasy, where the world is filled with fairness and justice. If only it were true.

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  13. Frank Blount

    Way too many words to say nothing. All ideologies conflict. An infant child left crying in a basket is neither Jew nor Gentile, Christian, nor Muslim, Israeli, nor Palestinian..American nor British..but a life to be saved and cherished. There is no branding plate that stamps a nationality on a child at the exit of their mothers womb. And no hungry or imporvershed child would waste time reading all the intellectual non-sense provided by both Mr Bailey and Ms. Odelia. They don’t care. And really no one cares…only those reading in the energy of their own ego. I assure you in the middle of typing all that non-sense Ms. Odelia…if you would’ve heard you child frantically screaming for their life you would’ve stop mid-sentence to see what was wrong. In fact…go look after your children and stop wasting time throwing around meaningless words.

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  14. Frank Blount

    Way too many words to say nothing. All ideologies conflict. An infant child left crying in a basket is neither Jew nor Gentile, Christian, nor Muslim, Israeli, nor Palestinian..American nor British..but a life to be saved and cherished. There is no branding plate that stamps a nationality on a child at the exit of their mothers womb. And no hungry or imporvershed child would waste time reading all the intellectual non-sense provided by both Mr Bailey and Ms. Odelia. They don’t care. And really no one cares…only those residing in the energy of their own ego. I assure you in the middle of typing all that non-sense Ms. Odelia…if you would’ve heard you child frantically screaming for their life you would’ve stop mid-sentence to see what was wrong…and completly lost that runaway train of thought. Free yourself from the known and go look after your children and stop wasting time throwing around meaningless words.

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  15. ellen

    I have no trouble believing, since Israelis as individuals, and Israel the state, are racist toward Palestinians, that they are racist toward Africans.

    Palestinians are routinely tortured in Israeli jails, and so likely are other prisoners.

    But the statement that 90% of the prisoners are African does not compute. Is Mr. Blagrove speaking about the prison he was in? Or the entire prison system?
    I am sure that the majority of the prisoners in Israeli jails are Palestinians, and I wonder why Mr. Blagrove does not state this.

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  16. Frank Blount

    Ellen you might consider downloading into your brain computer the fact that Palestine is a political ideology and that there are many of that political ideology whose skin color would be considered “black”…or looked upon as having some African origin or descent. You also might want to enter into your brain computer that Israel is considered North East Africa so all the indigenous people of that land are African. Having traveled to Israel/North East Africa myself I was able to see, speak with, and document the villages of people who have resided there for generations immemorial and who also consider themselves Black and of African ancestry. What the mainstream news media fails to depict is the numerous people living in Israel who have what would be considered black skin. As a country that is portrayed to the world as a white dominated nation state, it would be shocking for anyone to see the darker complexions of those imprisoned there which is a direct contrast of to complexions presented as the face of Israel. What you should also consider before discounted Mr. Blagroves account…is a personal visit to the Israel prison system and witness it yourself. I’m sure a personal download of Israel’s current prison demographic into your brain computer would result in an adequate if not a profound paradigm shift. As a result, it might even seize your brain computer to a point where you realize your thinking has been imprisoned by a media controlled virus. Remember, a main stream media conditioned mind is not a free mind. Free you mind and everything else will follow.

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  17. Peter Bailey

    The following is a statement made by Cynthia McKinney to the media whilst she was still detained at Ramle Givon Prison.

    “I’ve learned an interesting thing by being inside this prison. First of all, it’s incredibly black: populated mostly by Ethiopians who also had a dream … like my cellmates, one who is pregnant. They are all in their twenties. They thought they were coming to the Holy Land. They had a dream that their lives would be better.”

    Odella! What seems to be the problem with the accounts given by these eye witnesses. You would do much better to research the facts for yourself. The final paragraph of your post indicates that you are zionist and therefore your attack on the article is self explanatory.

    You mention that it is as ridiculous as the US giving back the lands to Mexico. That is rather selective and disingenious, why not suggest the example of Saddam Hussein handing back Kuwait. Did he not take the country through war?

    Didn’t Hitler win France through war, why didn’t the allies let him keep it?

    In fact, were it not for the crimes of European states persecuting Jews and staying silent whilst Germany and others murdered them, Israel probably wouldn’t exist today. Israel was given to the zionist movement as a means of assuaging Western guilt. The Zionist movement was also offered Uganda in Africa as a homeland for Jews. What say did the AFRICAN, Ugandans have in that?

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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  18. Peter Bailey

    On second thoughts, the war with Mexico was not a war, it was a mugging. As was the mugging of the Native Americans, the mugging of the Aborigines of Australia, New Zealand etc… You want an example of returning stolen property.

    Look at how many companies globally had to pay reparations to Jews. Look at how many countries had to return stolen jewish art and property. The zionists of Israel should return ALL the lands that they stole and the lands that were given to them by a racist United Nations which at the time was dominated by WHITE nations that made decisions in their favor and interests and gave away foreign lands to pay for crimes they had committed in their own countries against their own citizens. STOP THE HOLOCAUST AGAINST PALESTINIANS

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  19. Hassan Wali

    Zionism is THE most insidious incarnation of white supremacy on the face of the Earth. The Northeast African( Semitic) religion of Judaism has been systematically hijacked and now wears the face of the vicious and deceitful Ashkenazi/Sephardic European cabal.
    I remember some years back when the African Israelis were attempting to donate blood after a string of suicide bombings in Israel. The blood was being accepted but was not used and discarded. I am sure that this was supposed to be kept quiet but it became an international story that came and went quickly.
    Jews in general and Zionists in particular are highly sensitive to ANY criticism aimed at their fascist ass and practice sensorship collectively more than any other people that I am aware of. Their blocking international media and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians after the recent genocidal bombing of Gaza is only the most recent example. They were one of the racist South African regime’s main srtategic, military, and economic partners at the height of that countries crimes against humanity and yet you have even “black” politicians the world over afraid to issue a mumbling word against these devils. They posses nuclear capability and yet would deny it to their Arab neighbors. How did they obtain this technology and why are they allowed to keep it?
    I love Cynthia McKinney. She has become somewhat of a persona non grata on Capitol Hill even amongst her ” black” democratic colleagues who are more concerned about their money base than telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I was living in the Atlanta area when Denise Magette came out of no where to run for political office against her. AIPAC spent millions to support Magette because of Cynthia’s courageous stand against the Zionist machine in the US and in Palestine and of course Magette “won”. There is much more that I could say about Zionism, Herzl, Europe/US and the creation of the “Jewish” state, and the relationship between Blacks and Jews ( including the slave trade ) but it would take up a book. Please people, ” Study to show thineself approved…”

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  20. Hassan Wali

    Zionism is THE most insidious incarnation of white supremacy on the face of the Earth. The Northeast African( Semitic) religion of Judaism has been systematically hijacked and now wears the face of the vicious and deceitful Ashkenazi/Sephardic European cabal.
    I remember some years back when the African Israelis were attempting to donate blood after a string of suicide bombings in Israel. The blood was being accepted but was not used and was subsequently discarded. I am sure that this was supposed to be kept quiet but it became an international story that came and went quickly.
    Jews in general and Zionists in particular are highly sensitive to ANY criticism aimed at their fascist ass and practice sensorship collectively more than any other people that I am aware of. Their blocking international media and humanitarian aid to the Palestinians after the recent genocidal bombing of Gaza is only the most recent example. They were one of the racist South African regime’s main srtategic, military,political and economic partners at the height of that countries crimes against humanity and yet you have even “black” politicians the world over afraid to issue a mumbling word against these devils. They posses nuclear capability and yet would deny it to their Muslim neighbors. How did they obtain this technology and why are THEY allowed to have it?
    I love Cynthia McKinney. She has become somewhat of a persona non grata on Capitol Hill even amongst her ” black” democratic colleagues who are more concerned about their money base than telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I was living in the Atlanta area when Denise Magette came out of no where to run for political office against her. AIPAC spent millions to support Magette because of Cynthia’s courageous stand against the Zionist machine in the US and in Palestine and of course Magette “won”. There is much more that I could say about Zionism, Herzl, Europe/US and the creation of the “Jewish” state, and the relationship between Blacks and Jews ( including the slave trade ) but it would take up a book. Please people, ” Study to show thineself approved…”

    P.S: Since President Barack Obama is not
    independent of them, the highest
    and most powerful manifestation of
    African-decendant political repre-
    sentation on the planet is held
    securely by the gonads.

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  21. Hassan Wali

    To Ms. Odelia above:

    I noticed that you put quotation marks around the word African when mentioning African Jews. This is a prime example of the attempted global mediation and modification of information that are used by Zionist and their sympathizers to manipulate perception ( or, reality ). The term “Semitic” properly designates someone who is of Afro-Asiatic ethnic extraction, NOT EUROPEAN. The Semitic languages- Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, and some of the languages of Ethiopia and Somalia-can all be considered Afro-Asiatic and most of the native peoples certainly are. The Hebrew religion of the Bible was a belief system of ancient AFRICAN people, not Europeans.The term “MIddle East” was created in the mid-twentieth century by powerful whites in order to seperate the northeast part of the African continent from Africa proper politicaly, socially, economically, and particularly psychologically. The Prophet Jesus ( pbuh) was NOT of the same cultural or racial ilk as that of the Roman occupiers and would certainly not resemble them in a Palestine of TWO THOUSAND years ago. Some would contend with this but it is the same kind of duplicity, deceitfulness and outright trickery they employ when debating about whether or not the ancient Egyptians ( Kemetians ) were Black Africans! How absurd, when even today we would consider someone as fair- skinned as Louis Farrakhan “Black”.
    Yes, Judaism is a product of African spiritual genius, not European. It brings to mind a rather deceitful little column I read a few years ago in the Miami Herald. A group of Zionist religious “scholars” were trying to figure out why several key religious customs of peoples all over Africa, particularly in the Western portion, closely resembled ancient Hebraic religious cultural practices, including circumcision, twelve-stone ornamented breastplates, and certain festivals. The answer was, of course, no mystery to me but they pretended not to know.
    I do not deny that there is heavy miscegenation in Notheast Africa due to centuries of invasions by inetrlopers. But one only has to take one look at the native populations of countries like Iraq, Egypt, or Yemen to know that these are definitely African people, not “Middle-Easterners”.
    Zionism is a dangerous racist and fascist political ideology, whereas Judaism, at the most, can only be accused of being one of the great monotheistic religious traditions that has advanced somewhat from it’s ancient religio/ethno-centric and patriarchical framework to one of greater understanding. Please, people “Study to show thyself approved….”

    P.S: Study some of the works of John Jackson, Dr. Yusef ben Yochanon, Dr. John Henrike Clarke, Cheik Ante Diop, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Gerald Massey, Albert Churchward, Jan Carew, Dr. Ivan van Sertima et. al…..

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  22. Tshakamalik Al-Kush

    Black Africans are imprisoned in Israel and Florence, Colorado Supermax. We salute our sister Cynthia McKinney for her courageous efforts and we ask for her and others who are freedom fighters to please just read the following summary of the illegal imprisonment of Consul General, His Excellency Rev. Dr. Malachi Kobina York who also the author of ofver 450 books to raise the consciousness of all people and bring peace to the world by way of Actual Facts called the science and way of life of Wu-Nuwaupu. Read his works and help us FREE M.K. YORK!!!! Sister McKinney we need your help NOW!!!

    Subject: H.E. Dr. Malachi Kobina York(e), Consul General Republic of Liberia, West Africa

    • Mysteries Behind Closed Doors, The Dr. Malachi Z. York Case – The Untold Story
    http://www.mysteriesbehindclosedoors.com or http://mysteriesbehindclosedoors.com/MOVIE.html
    • Conspiracy Revealed: Part 14 Witch Hunt – The Children http://www.zshare.net/video/62076795d3f9acc8/

    Peace and Love to Africans worldwide! We write to you sharing information contained in the referenced digital media that exposes the conspiracy and reveals the truth and innocence of His Excellency Dr. Malachi Kobina York©™, Consul General Diplomat D/P # 003828-04 of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa Citizenship # 108208 misnomer Dwight York (Inmate # 17911-054) who has been illegally kidnapped, detained, tortured, sentenced to 135 years. This native born Ghanaian and humanitarian has been incarcerated for over 7 years and held prisoner in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons at U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum in Florence, Colorado.

    Africa For Africans! African-Americans such as Marcus Garvey of the United Negro Improvement Association, Noble Drew Ali of the Moorish Science Temple, The Honorable Elijah Mohammed and Malcolm X aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz of the Nation of Islam, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have been eliminated by various nefarious means by those who wish for people of African descent to never make freedom, justice, and equality a reality. We must come together and consolidate our resources, for the betterment of all.

    Please take this opportunity to review this brief summary of facts in the Dr. Malachi K. York case. We must give our side of the story, the whole truth. Dr. York is innocent and has been illegally sentenced for crimes that he did not commit. The powers that be do not want the facts to circulate in the court of public opinion as this would cause a worldwide public outcry and demand for his immediate release. We call on our own, Africans to come to the aid of our brother and friend.

    We are seeking help in this matter to objectively look at all of the facts of this case. Facts that prove Dr. York’s innocence and facts that prove the U.S. courts never had jurisdiction to try this matter. We need your assistance to get pertinent facts out via fair media attention as well as public support to stand up on behalf of these injustices. Please spread the word and do what you can.

    His Excellency Dr. Malachi Kobina York(e)

    His Excellency Dr. Malachi Kobina York was born on Tuesday June 26, 1945 to his only true biological mother Mary Aba Ocran now living under Mary C. York at Government Hospital in Takoradi, Ghana West Africa (birth certificate A No. 284064). He is Ghanaian of Takoradi, North West Ghana, of the Ashanti Tribe of Akan, rooted from Sierra Leone, West Africa as Bassa Ri and Liberia West Africa as Ad Bassa, or Bah-Suh. He is Ghanaian, West African by birth of the E-we/Yewe people of the Akan Clan of Ghana, as witnessed by his three tribal scars on his face.

    Here in the west he is referred to as Wu-Nuwaupu, a Nuwaupian and all those of him are a part of The United Nuwaupians Worldwide. We have our own language, our own flag, our own dress, and our own Safun Mahyutaat “Sacred Papyrus”. He is known to many as Papa Baahsooh Kwubinah Ocran and in our ancient tongue and culture as Paa Nazdur: Amun Nub Re Akh Ptah Djedi. Dr. York has links with the Ministry of Tourism in Ghana and to this very day strives to bring the skills and talents of The United Nuwaupians Worldwide home to Mother Africa.

    Consul General: Dr. Malachi Kobina York©™ has traveled and studied amongst various indigenous people with some of the richest cultures on the planet earth. He attended the University of Khartoum, Sudan, Africa and the American University Cairo, Egypt, where he did most of his research and discovered those who call themselves African Americans and Native Americans have a long hidden past, which links the Indigenous People of America, the original mound builders of Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana to ancestors in Africa. He is fluent in many different languages and dialects.

    Dr. Malachi K. York has led a life of positive leadership in his community. As a spiritual teacher who has been teaching for over 35 years. Dr. York emerged out of the civil rights movement and chose to assist in the empowerment of African American people worldwide. He is the author of over 470 books on race relations, religion, science, and the plight of “African Americans” in America and prior to their bondage. These publications brought the spirituality and nobility that blacks in America and abroad were lacking in their everyday lives. His objective was to empower and improve the mentality of our youth in an effort to encourage them to be productive members of the society in which they reside.

    Dr. York’s literature has positively influenced many people including major recording Artists, Jay-Z, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, and India Arie, to name a few. He was awarded the Key to the City in Brooklyn, New York by former Mayor Ed Koch, as well as awards and acclaim from the former Mayors of Macon, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia. He has been supported by Joe Beasley, Southern Regional Director of the Rainbow Push Coalition and Founder of African Ascension who brought on Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others over the years. Dr. York made his Declaration of Intention to become a Liberian Citizen on July 12th, 1997 within the courts of Montserrado County in the Republic of Liberia and was appointed as a Diplomat on December 15, 1999 by the former President Dr. Charles Ghankay Taylor. His Citizenship and Diplomatic status of Consul General are still honored and recognized under Her Excellency President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of the Republic of Liberia. This appointment was much needed for the development of Liberia and West Africa in general.

    Dr. York purchased 476 acres of land and moved to Eatonton, GA in 1993 to the benefit of these displaced peoples in America, to renew their story and give enlightenment to a dark past of slavery in an effort to show noble people that “their story” far surpasses that of European American History. Consul General: Dr. Malachi Kobina York©™ with the help of those with a common goal in mind, founded and developed organizations like The Ancient Egiptian Order, Nuwaubian Supreme Grand Lodge of Freemasonry Worldwide, and International Supreme Council of Shriners, and others that would aid these progressive people to reconstruct the cradle of the first civilization on the planet earth beginning with Egypt on the continent of Africa. By bringing Africa to America, this angered many of the public officials in this country and more intensely those in Georgia. Thousands of Africans and Indigenous people gathered weekly, monthly and annually on this land to benefit from the teachings and the renewal of their religious and cultural practices, leaving the door open to people of all religions.

    Shortly after beginning construction he encountered racism, intimidation and adversity from public officials, as they unfairly refused to grant him zoning rights. After six consecutive years of litigation and public support, he was finally awarded all of the zoning permits required to complete his vision, but the harassment didn’t end there. Though he continued his efforts toward building the Egyptian-styled theme park, museums, and lecture halls, his victimization was so extreme, that it prompted him to the decision to relinquish his American Citizenship and begin the planning process toward rebuilding in another land, Africa. His appointment as Consul General and a repatriation plan was then developed to offer these positive influenced professional African-Americans by the culture of Wu-Nuwapwu, an opportunity to aid in the economic development of the country of Liberia, and West Africa in general.

    Dr. York is the founder of the West African & African American Educational Endowment & Humanitarian Foundation. This non-for-profit and nonpolitical organization was founded in the year 2000 and formally incorporated in 2005 by Mrs. Serena F. Garlawolu and Dr. Richelle D. York, his daughter. This Foundation was set up for the purposes of providing health, education and all other necessities inclusive of humanitarian services. The West African & African-American Humanitarian Foundation’s vision is to see that every child, woman and man has the proper health care, nutrition, education, and spiritual development that will begin to heal the wounds that war, pestilence, famine, and poor governance that has scarred our motherland, to the state of disrepair in the minds of most. He has built a church, school and clinic in his country of legal residence, Liberia, Monrovia.

    On May 8, 2002, federal agents alongside state and local law enforcement besieged and executed a raid on the 476 acres. Dr. York was not present on the property, but was arrested in Eatonton, GA on charges of transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of sex, and later for racketeering and money structuring. This arrest, without due process was an orchestrated attempt to overshadow and consequently destroy his credibility as an author, teacher, humanitarian, and ultimately steal his liberty.
    Most witnesses and alleged victims, some of which were children, were threatened and coerced by FBI agents at gun point, to make false allegations and statements against Mr. York. This is supported by the affidavits and recantations by these witnesses and alleged victims. The prosecutions’ key witness also recanted.

    Five children who were taken into custody during the raid and named in the indictment as alleged victims, were examined and found to have never been molested. This fact was made known during a Juvenile custody trial represented by Attorney Janice Mathis of the Rainbow Push Coalition who, incidentally, went on to win the case because the claim of molestation had no merit. This took place prior to the trial against Dr. Malachi K. York. This fact alone should have caused the trial against Dr. York be dismissed because the children and the only alleged victims under the age of 18 were proven to have never been molested. Of the remaining 8 alleged victims, most recanted their statements by way of written affidavits, and were all over the age of 18 at the time of trial. A total of 7 of the 13 alleged victims actually testified on Dr. York’s behalf during the trial.

    The actual trial against Dr. York (see 5:02-CR-27-CAR) was presided over by Chief Judge Charles Ashley Royal of the United States District 11 Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division. Judge Royal failed to recuse himself after it was discovered that he represented Oconee Regional Hospital in Georgia as attorney in a law suit against Dr. York’s family. In this particular case, Dr. York’s father-in-law, Eli Richardson, who resided at the 476 acre property, died after a sponge was left in him by operating surgeons during surgery. The family sought damages and compensation for malpractice which resulted in a favorable outcome for the family, though the life of their loved one can never be replaced. This again, was prior to the Dr. York’s trial. This same judge also presided over several other family members and affiliates of Dr. York’s organizations during and after the Dr. York’s trial in January of 2004, thereby rendering Chief Judge C. Ashley Royal as impartial and in conflict of interest pursuant to 28 USC § 455.

    All the transcripts of the trial were sealed (hidden) from the public along with the plethora of injustices and lack of due process committed against Dr. York. During the trial Consul General M.K. York was denied access to media and a law library which is his constitutional right. Judge Royal also refused to recognize Dr.York’s African diplomatic status as Consul General, Liberian Citizen, and even his ties as a Native American Moor, which stated “on the record” by Dr. York.

    When he fired the Garland Firm as defense counsel (due to ineffective assistance of counsel) during a hearing on December 30, 2003, Dr. York was forced by Judge Royal to keep the discharged counsel as advisor to his new attorney Adrian Patrick. Attorney Patrick had been Dr. York’s attorney for a mere 3 weeks prior to this and Judge Ashley C. Royal refused to give Consul General Dr. York an extension for his newly hired attorney to properly prepare his brief. The record shows the Report and Recommendation from the Magistrate Judge on the § 2255 motion, more specifically a Constitutional Habeas Corpus (Case#: 5:07-CV-90001-CAR/5:02-CR-27-CAR) as agreeing to this Judicial Misconduct where he states:

    “After being extended the opportunity to re-think his position, Mr. York ‘officially fired’ Mr. Garland and Mr. Aurora, ‘for the record’.” Id. at 17, 18. However, the court advised Mr. Aurora that he was not released, but would remain in the hearing to advise Mr. Patrick, if Mr. Patrick needed advice. Id. at 18”.

    Further displaying his partiality and racist conduct, Judge Royal continued his persecution of Dr. York by holding court on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday in January of 2004 which is a legal public holiday pursuant to 5 USC § 6103 and in violation of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 56 which states that:
    NO COURT SHALL BE HELD ON A STATUTE HOLIDAY.

    Dr. York have filed several recent new motions in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia – Macon Division (Case No. 5:07-CV-90001-CAR, Article 1 Section 9 Constitutional Habeas Corpus Case, No. 5:02-CR-27-CAR) that clearly exonerate him asserting judicial and prosecutorial misconduct along with flawed witness testimony while the alleged victims were coerced and threatened into making false statements against Dr. York by FBI agents.

    1) Motion By Judicial Notice For Evidenced Judicial Misconduct – May 11, 2009
    2) Motion To Vacate Sentence Due To Prosecutorial Misconduct – July 7, 2009

    Lead FBI Investigator Jalaine Ward testified that Georgia Child Abuse Protocols and Guidelines that preserve the integrity of an interview when interviewing alleged child abuse victims were not followed; there was no recorded video of witness interviews. Dr. York states “this is as not to show the tactics used to convince these witnesses to perjure themselves in court”. The State of Georgia lost its DFACS case against Dr. York because 5 children were removed from the Egiptian village without parental consent to undisclosed locations and ultimately found not to have been molested. These same children were used in the superseding Federal indictment/case claiming, money structuring and intent to transport minors in interstate commerce for the purpose of unlawful sexual activity. All of this was proven to be a farce in the trial, yet Dr. York is still incarcerated for crimes that did not take place and crimes that he did not commit. Over and above requesting a hearing based on the witnesses recanting their testimonies and several constitutional violations on the part of the prosecution, including 4th and 5th amendment violations, Dr. York is asking that the federal trial transcripts be unsealed and his sentence be vacated.

    The following is a summary list of the blatant injustices and irregularities per his current “due process” which makes it obvious that Dr. York is innocent and deserves your immediate attention:

    1) Tainted and Hung Grand Jury
    2) Blocked Testimony of Defense Witnesses
    3) Government’s Key Witness Recants False Testimony, and 8 out 13 Alleged Victims Recant
    4) No Jurisdiction per Liberian Diplomat Status/Citizenship pursuant to Judicial Notice
    5) Ineffective Assistance of Counsel/Legal Representation
    6) Failure of Proper Sentencing Guidelines and Inmate Classification
    7) Prosecutional and Judicial Misconduct, and Conflict of Interest by Judge C. Ashley Royal
    8) Violation of Appellate Rights per Oral Arguments
    9) Denial/Inadequate Medical/Eye/Dental Care (Violation of 8th Amendment of Constitution)
    10) Court Proceedings on January 2004, Federal/State Holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    11) No Physical (video or tape), Medical, or D.N.A. Evidence
    12) Sealed Transcripts
    13) Denial/Dismissal of Emergency Medical Transfer Remedy per Medical Complaint
    14) Inadequate/No Response – Motion to Vacate, Correct, or Set Aside The Petitioner’s Sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255

    The injustices have been allowed to exist for far too long and now His Excellency Dr. Malachi Kobina York’s case has reached the International Court of Justice and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights – Organization of American States Petition No. P-1581-07 in December of 2007 and September of 2008. We need your support in obtaining a civil/human rights investigation with Attorney General Eric Holder of the United States and appealing to our other African friends and neighbors in this matter. This will offer an important opportunity to air critical new evidence exonerating Dr. Malachi Kobina York.

    Our diversity makes us stronger and the expertise of all will help us be effective beyond our numbers to free Dr. Malachi Kobina York. We look forward to hearing from you soon about the action taken in this matter to help expose this conspiracy and injustice of another African in American.

    Please visit http://www.nuwaubianfacts.com, http://www.freedryork.com, and http://www.innocencesociety.org for details and all legal documents.

    Sincerely,
    Tshakamalik & Normica Al-Kush
    3319 Hazel Street
    Savannah, GA 31404
    912-631-9744 or 912-631-1689 cell
    aeoegiptsavanu@yahoo.com

    “A Team That Works Together Always Wins.” Dr. Malachi K. York, The Master Teacher

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  23. Mark

    Since as you said, there’s no excuse for inhumane treatment of people then stop rationalizing the inhumane treatment or convaluting the message.

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  24. Al Malik

    growing up I always believed the Jews are a persecuted race but I have come to realize they are inherently destructive. the protocols of sion details their plans. could it really be true they are communally infected by the cytomegalovirus that causes schizophrenia in them? they need help and compassion from the rest of the world or they will destroy themselves. there is no need to hate them but rather feel sorry for them.

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