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Ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans

July 25, 2011

Editorial by Black Star News

Anti-Qaddafi forces threaten a Black youth. – Photo: Goran Tomasevic, Reuters
The “rebels” in Misrata in Libya have driven out the entire Black population of the city, according to a chilling story in the Wall Street Journal: “Libya City Torn by Tribal Feud.”

The “rebels” now eye the city of Tawergha, 25 miles away, and vow to cleanse it of all Black people once they seize the city. Isn’t this the perfect definition of the term “genocide”?

According to the Journal’s article, the “rebels” refer to themselves as “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin.” The Journal quotes rebel Cmdr. Ibrahim al-Halbous saying, of Black Libyans, “They should pack up” and that “Tawergha no longer exists, only Misrata.”

You won’t read this kind of article in the New York Times, which has become as journalistically corrupt and as compromised as the old Pravda during the Soviet era. This editorial has been insisting since the beginning of the Libya conflict that the “rebels” embraced racism and used the allegation that Muammar al-Qaddafi had employed mercenaries from other African countries as a pretext to massacre Black Libyans.

The evidence of public lynching of Black people is readily available online through simple Google or YouTube searches even though the New York Times has completely ignored this major story. Does anyone believe that such a huge and damning story would be ignored if people of African descent controlled the editorials or even the news pages in the New York Times?

If the case was reversed and Black Libyans were committing ethnic cleansing against non-Black Libyans, does anyone believe that the people who now control the editorials or the news pages at the New York Times would ignore such a story? Evidently, it doesn’t bother the sages at the Times that Black Libyans are specifically being targeted for liquidation because of their skin color.

Instead, the New York Times is busy boasting of its support for NATO’s bombing campaign – as in a recent editorial – which this week alone is reported to have killed 20 civilians. The Times has also ignored Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s call to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate NATO commanders on possible war crimes in connection to Libyan civilians killed.

The Times can’t write about the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans and migrants from other African countries because it would diminish the reputation of the “rebels,” who the Times have fully embraced, even after the ICC also reported that they too have committed war crimes. Instead, the Times is comfortable with the simplistic narrative, “al-Qaddafi bad,” “rebels good,” regardless of the fact that the Wall Street Journal also reported that the rebels are being trained by former al-Qaeda leaders who were released from U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

“Rebel” militia stop three Africans at a checkpoint in Libya. – Photo: Kevin Frayer, AP
The Times also has totally ignored the African Union (AU) peace plan, which actually calls for a ceasefire, negotiations for a constitution and democratic elections, all to be monitored by the International community.

So what can one say about the Times for ignoring the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans by the “rebels” in Misrata with the help of NATO? Does this make the New York Times culpable of the ethnic cleansing, since the newspaper not only deliberately ignores the story but also falsely depicts the “rebels” as Libya’s saviors?

Call the New York Times at (212) 556-1234 and ask for the foreign desk editor. Ask him why his newspaper is not reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans.

The Black Star News, New York’s leading Pan African weekly investigative newspaper, can be reached through its editor and publisher Milton Allimadi at Milton@blackstarnews.com.

Please save us from the Libyan criminal rebels

This story is presented unedited, exactly as it was received in an email from the writer.

by Akram Elafi

I am an African man from Gambia lives in Libya, since Oct 14, 1999, i lived their in peace and harmony with the Libyan people when and after Gaddafi had invited all the African people to live there with all respect and kindness, so I toke my family and decided to go there .

My life started to become better and better everyday until those rebels has come and killed all the black people in Misrata where I live now, and to be honest with you, I cant believe that the rebels are all Libyans in fact the are from different nationalities and most of them belong to “Al- Qaeda.” They are accusing us of being Mercenaries for Gaddafi while we are just a poor black African people who have no relationship with what is happening in Libya now.

Please safe us anyhow anyway from the rebels who killed my family and destroyed my life forever in the name of freedom and Liberty.

Hereby some videos to show you the Crimes committed by the rebels in the right of black Africans in the city of Misrata and every city it came under their control:

Akram Elafi can be reached at zabab101@yahoo.com.

Here is another video of a “rebel” lynch mob.

 

19 thoughts on “Ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans

  1. Seamus

    Wasn't that photo in news a while back? It was one of the Subsaharan mercenaries Muammar uses because he's having trouble getting Libyans to support him.

    Is this paper against the Arab Spring uprisings?? I can see being against NATO intervention, but are you really for Ghadafi?!
    If so, good grief! … because I saw some Hutu power revisionist history garbage on another page & that's bad stuff. What the smeg Bayview??

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    1. Chris

      Seamus
      The mainstream media have failed to report truthfully and accurately on the crisis in Libya. The UN resolution 1972 and 1973 was based on unfounded allegations of african mercenries, the libyan air force bombing civilians, massacres and a pre-planned genocide in Benghazi. After a 3 month study into human rights abuses in Libya Amnesty International concluded there was no evidence whatsoever for these claims and also in many cases discredited the sources of these lies. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/am

      Further more Amnesty International discredited the lies that mass rape was being used by Libyan soldiers as a weapon. They went on to criticise the rebels for manifacturing lies and the media for being complicit. Not only that, they also accused the rebels of war crimes. These conclusions support other independent fact finding groups.

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      1. Chris

        The rebels are made up of racist islamists, al qaeda and reactionary elements within Libyan society. The uprising was never peaceful and the rebels were heavily armed from the start. In the first week the rebels in Benghazi had publically executed, hung and beheaded people they considered 'pro-gaddafi'. Theyre responsible for lynching blacks migrants and black libyans all over eastern libya and they stormed army barracks in the east.
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

        What is clear is that the Libyan government has a huge majority support from the Libyan population. Many libyans see this intervention as an imperialist attempt to steal their resources and wealth.
        Over 1 million libyans at a pro-government rally – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tsjt2YyZU0

        A good site for information regarding the Libyan crisis is: http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/

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      2. Seamus

        Heya,
        I don't know who you place in the set of "mainstream media." I do know The Guardian, The CS Monitor (excellent paper), The Telegraph, @ The New York Times have reported Qaddafi is using mercenaries. I recall from history school Qaddafi's long history of using foreign fighters in Libya and abroad. He has a Pan-African leadership ambition. The papers listed also mention that non-Arabic speaking blacks in Libya have been rounded up and some killed.

        It's not genocide, as you say. It's civil war and people tend to be hard on suspected foreign fighters during a civil war. Qaddafi is using mercenaries.

        I read about the rebel propaganda (mass rape story) put out by Qaddafi's opposition.
        Have you read the completely whacked-out propaganda put out by Qaddafi??

        Note also that the free press operates outside Qaddafi's controlled areas.

        I think this thing would have petered out by now if Qaddafi had not ordered a crackdown, the shooting of protesters. That's when everything got hot.

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        1. Khalid

          Human Rights Watch has already debunked the claim of African mercenaries being used in Libya. Nearly half of Libya's population can be described as "black".

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          1. Seamus

            Pardon the labellism. Looking into recent stuff. My stuff reading is some years old, so looking for updated info for a couple of days.

            Thanks…

          2. Selina

            What the hell are you saying speak english "Looking for recent stuff. My stuff reading is some years old??

            You must be functioning retard

  2. Unknown

    Seamus, I think the author might be against the unjust and false flag war being initiated in Libya, the war in Libya is the only place they could turn the tables around and gain some leverage lost during the Arab spring by the West…

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    1. Seamus

      Hello,
      I agree NATO nations are fighting a dubious war and I'm against the Americans in the war especially. I have a non-interventionist view. 'Helping' other nations by going to war on their turf always relates to helping oneself to resources.

      Still, I am even more against inaccuracy of information and stubborn belief in inaccurate information. This is the impetus for great harm in history, e.g. WMD in Iraq. The Bush group wanted to open a closed market and place a US-friendly gov't in place. US diplomatic & military history since WWII has been about maintaining and fostering gov'ts that are stable, predictable, and market-friendly (friendly to US business & strategic interests, that is). After reading about the overthrow of the democratic gov't in Iran (1953-4), Guatemala the following year, Chile,… I lost confidence in American "help."

      I do support the poor militarily clueless rebels though. Qaddafi is a scumbag among scumbags.

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  3. FREEMAN

    I support this guy yes he is right PAINTING GADDAFI BAD AND THE REBELS GOOD. LITTLE DOES THE WEST KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THIS CONFLICT. CREATING A BASE FOR AL'QAEDA IN NORTH AFRICA, WHICH THEY DO NOT KNOW. LIKE THE GAME IN IRAQ AMERICA FREELY GAVE IRAQ TO IRAN AND NOW IT IS ARMIMG THE CURDS. Nato is everyday committing war crimes same with the rebels but the so called civilised world turns blind eye or deaf ear to it. Has the world not learn a enough lessons that military campaigns do not solve conflicts?. When did the civilised world removed dialogue from its dictionary?. NATO AND THE REBELS WHO ARE AL'QAEDA BACKERS ARE COMMITTING WAR CRIMES EVERYDAY YET THE WORLD DO NOT SEE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE FAVORITE KIDS. GOD HELP US. MY DREAM AND WISHES IS TO SEE THE DISSOLUTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS. THE UN IS IRRELEVANT I PRAY LEADERS OF SMALLER NATIONS WILL SEE REASON TO MOVE OJUT OF IT AND CREATE THEIR OWN BODY.THE UN IS A CONFLICT CREATING BODY NOT PEACE. .

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  4. Chris

    The rebels are made up of racist islamists, al qaeda and reactionary elements within Libyan society. The uprising was never peaceful and the rebels were heavily armed from the start. In the first week the rebels in Benghazi had publically executed, hung and beheaded people they considered 'pro-gaddafi'. Theyre responsible for lynching blacks migrants and black libyans all over eastern libya and they stormed army barracks in the east.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

    What is clear is that the Libyan government has a huge majority support from the Libyan population. Many libyans see this intervention as an imperialist attempt to steal their resources and wealth.
    Over 1 million libyans at a pro-government rally – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tsjt2YyZU0

    A good site for information regarding the Libyan crisis is: http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/

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  5. stop bombing

    if u go to mathaba.net there are many of the truths on Libya they report from libya
    also cynthia mckenny was on a fact finding mission and came back with alot of these reports
    mainstream media is not telling all the truth

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  6. Seamus415

    Hello,
    Prompted by several posters, I think I'll suspend my boostery thoughts for the rebels and take another look. While looking around for response material, I found some stuff worth taking a second peek at: Popularity of groups & makeup of groups could be something interesting for me.

    Thanks.

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  7. Nike

    In Libya, thus killing more than 15,000 black workers who were working in Libya under a contract with the Jamahiriya. They were killed "insurgents", which the military transport aircraft and U.S. and NATO ships were taken to Libya from Afghanistan and Iraq. This is called ethnocide, if you do not know. Those who fight for al-Gaddafi never done this before. This started a war for oil of U.S. and NATO. Barack Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy – the Nazis.

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