Simon Deng, Former Sudanese Slave: “Calling Israel a racist state is absurd and immoral.”

H/T Margie

Simon Deng, a former South Sudanese slave in Islamist Northern Sudan, gave the following speech at Durban Watch Conference in New York on Sept. 22nd.

He passionately refuted the malicious ‘Zionism is Racism’ canard and pointed out that it is the Arab Islamists who have engaged in the ethnic cleansing of millions of Sudanese, both Muslim and Christian.  He further notes that Israel is the ultimate destination of Sudanese refugees, not Egypt -who has attacked and oppressed them.

Simon Deng at Stand With Israel Event, UN 9-22-11

What follows is Simon Deng’s prepared remarks  before the Durban Watch Conference:

I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honor for me and it is a privilege really to be among today’s distinguished speakers.

I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. –I came to protest this Durban conference which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves are guilty of the worst kinds of oppression.

It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel. The UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state – Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier.

The Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people will know that.

But friends, I come here today with a radical idea. I come to tell you that there are peoples who suffer from the UN’s anti-Israelism even more than the Israelis. I belong to one of those people.

Please hear me out.

By exaggerating Palestinian suffering, and by blaming the Jews for it, the UN has muffled the cries of those who suffer on a far larger scale.

For over fifty years the indigenous black population of Sudan — Christians and Muslims alike — has been the victims of the brutal, racist Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum.

In South Sudan, my homeland, about 4 million innocent men, women and children were slaughtered from 1955 to 2005. Seven million were ethnically cleansed and they became the largest refugee group since World War II.

The UN is concerned about the so-called Palestinian refugees. They dedicated a separate agency for them. and they are treated with a special privilege.

Meanwhile, my people, ethnically cleansed, murdered and enslaved, are relatively ignored. The UN refuses to tell the world the truth about the real causes of Sudan’s conflicts. Who knows really what is happening in Darfur? It is not a “tribal conflict.” It is a conflict rooted in Arab colonialism well-known in north Africa. In Darfur, a region in the Western Sudan, everybody is Muslim. Everybody is Muslim because the Arabs invaded the North of Africa and converted the indigenous people to Islam. In the eyes of the Islamists in Khartoum, the Darfuris are not Muslim enough. And the Darfuris do not want to be Arabized. They love their own African languages and dress and customs. The Arab response is genocide! But nobody at the UN tells the truth about Darfur.

In the Nuba Mountains, another region of Sudan, genocide is taking place as I speak. The Islamist regime in Khartoum is targeting the black Africans – Muslims and Christians. Nobody at the UN has told the truth about the Nuba Mountains.

Do you hear the UN condemn Arab racism against blacks?

What you find on the pages of the New York Times, or in the record of the UN condemnations is “Israeli crimes” and Palestinian suffering. My people have been driven off the front pages because of the exaggerations about Palestinian suffering. What Israel does is portrayed as a Western sin. But the truth is that the real sin happens when the West abandons us: the victims of Arab/Islamic apartheid.

Chattel slavery was practiced for centuries in Sudan. It was revived as a tool of war in the early 90s. Khartoum declared jihad against my people and this legitimized taking slaves as war booty. Arab militias were sent to destroy Southern villages and were encouraged to take African women and children as slaves. We believe that up to 200,000 were kidnapped, brought to the North and sold into slavery.

I am a living proof of this crime against humanity.

I don’t like talking about my experience as a slave, but I do it because it is important for the world to know that slavery exists even today.

I was only nine years old when an Arab neighbor named Abdullahi tricked me into following him to a boat. The boat wound up in Northern Sudan where he gave me as a gift to his family. For three and a half years I was their slave going through something that no child should ever go through: brutal beatings and humiliations; working around the clock; sleeping on the ground with animals; eating the family’s left-overs. During those three years I was unable to say the word “no.” All I could say was “yes,” “yes,” “yes.”

The United Nations knew about the enslavement of South Sudanese by the Arabs. Their own staff reported it. It took UNICEF – under pressure from the Jewish –led American Anti-Slavery Group — sixteen years to acknowledge what was happening. I want to publicly thank my friend Dr. Charles Jacobs for leading the anti-slavery fight.

But the Sudanese government and the Arab League pressured UNICEF, and UNICEF backtracked, and started to criticize those who worked to liberate Sudanese slaves. In 1998, Dr. Gaspar Biro, the courageous UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Sudan who reported on slavery, resigned in protest of the UN’s actions.

My friends, today, tens of thousands of black South Sudanese still serve their masters in the North and the UN is silent about that. It would offend the OIC and the Arab League.

As a former slave and a victim of the worst sort of racism, allow me to explain why I think calling Israel a racist state is absolutely absurd and immoral.

I have been to Israel five times visiting the Sudanese refugees. Let me tell you how they ended up there. These are Sudanese who fled Arab racism, hoping to find shelter in Egypt. They were wrong. When Egyptian security forces slaughtered twenty-six black refugees in Cairo who were protesting Egyptian racism, the Sudanese realized that the Arab racism is the same in Khartoum or Cairo. They needed shelter and they found it in Israel. Dodging the bullets of the Egyptian border patrols and walking for very long distances, the refugees’ only hope was to reach Israel’s side of the fence, where they knew they would be safe.

Black Muslims from Darfur chose Israel above all the other Arab-Muslim states of the area. Do you know what this means!!!?? And the Arabs say Israel is racist!!!?

In Israel, black Sudanese, Christian and Muslim were welcomed and treated like human beings. Just go and ask them, like I have done. They told me that compared to the situation in Egypt, Israel is “heaven.”

Is Israel a racist state? To my people, the people who know racism – the answer is absolutely not. Israel is a state of people who are the colors of the rainbow. Jews themselves come in all colors, even black. I met with Ethiopian Jews in Israel. Beautiful black Jews.

So, yes … I came here today to tell you that the people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel: we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred.

Look at the situation of the Copts in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq, and Nigeria, and Iran, the Hindus and Bahais who suffer from Islamic oppression. The Sikhs. We – a rainbow coalition of victims and targets of Jihadis — all suffer. We are ignored, we are abandoned. So that the big lie against the Jews can go forward.

In 2005, I visited one of the refugee camps in South Sudan. I met a twelve-year-old girl who told me about her dream. In a dream she wanted to go to school to become a doctor. And then, she wanted to visit Israel. I was shocked. How could this refugee girl who spent most of her life in the North know about Israel? When I asked why she wanted to visit Israel, she said: “This is our people.” I was never able to find an answer to my question.

On January 9 of 2011 South Sudan became an independent state. For South Sudanese, that means continuation of oppression, brutalization, demonization, Islamization, Arabization and enslavement.

In a similar manner, the Arabs continue denying Jews their right for sovereignty in their homeland and the Durban III conference continues denying Israel’s legitimacy.

As a friend of Israel, I bring you the news that my President, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir — publicly stated that the South Sudan embassy in Israel will be built— not in Tel Aviv, but in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

I also want to assure you that my own new nation, and all of its peoples, will oppose racist forums like the Durban III. We will oppose it by simply telling the truth. Our truth.

My Jewish friends taught me something I now want to say with you.


The people of Israel lives!

Thank you

20 replies »

  1. A wonderful, moving and humbling testimony. Thank you for publishing it here. His remarks ought to have left the Durban conference mute with shame.

  2. This is the point I always try to make. This explains why is the world obsessed with Israel and Jews. The venting all anger and spleen on a target that is considered privileged is a perfect excuse for completely ignoring people that really need help.

  3. Simon Deng speaks the truth, no doubt about it! The independence of South Sudan is a very exciting development. The parallels with Israel are hard to miss and I sincerely hope that South Sudan prospers, as Israel has prospered.

  4. Deng is an amazing character. Little bit like Hirshi Ali.

    Totally ignored by the MSM.

    He got a lot of publicity from Pam Geller and others in the anti Jihad movement.

    We should introduce him to Simon (I love Bashir) Tisdall and that other moron, Julie Flint who opposed the anti Sudan motions, cases, indictments ..

  5. Thank you Simon Deng.

    The Israel portrayed in the British mainstream media is as far removed from reality as the earth from the sun.

  6. Can we send copies of his Speech to that nasty racist rag the GUARDIAN……

    We need more people of the this guys courage and caliber,more Sudanese,more Africans,more Arab Israelis,Druze Israelis,Christian Israelis,
    to go out there and let the world know about the real Israel,not the Israel of the GUARDIAN and their radical Islamist friends……..

    The Israeli Government needs to pull the collective finger out finance and organize a massive explanation of what the real Israel is………

    At this moment winning the Media War is crucial to Israel survival……….

  7. There is this myth that the rest of the world hates us,we don’t hear the ones that admire us (the silent majority)

    We only hear the ones of the Guardian’s ilk.That hate everyone themselves included.

    The GUARDIAN’s website is a hive of hate,their articles their authors their posters their cartoons,are all dripping with hate.

    These are sad sour miserable sods…………Who really cares if these are the kind of people that hate us…………………..

  8. This is so moving and courageous. I am forwarding it on to as many people as I can.

    Not much hope that the Guardian will invite Simon Deng to write for it. Imagine if this guy was a correspondent for a leading mainstream newspaper or a regular invitee to TV news discussions.

  9. Of 175 UN security Council resolutions on the Middle East,97 have been againts Israel,and only 4 againts of the 21 Arab states.The UN General Assembly has passed 322 resolutions condemning Israel,none againts any Arab country.The United Nations are(untrutful,unscrupulos,unprincipled,unbalanced,unpardonable and unfit).Employees of the Un Secretariat are required by the UN Charter to have”the highest standarts of efficiency, competence,and itegrity”,and yet the $33 billion oil for food programme run by the UN with Iraq was tained with corruption from top to bttom,according to the 200-page Volcker report.The UNashamedly corrupt!

  10. 2004-more than 200,000 black Darfuriens murdered,and more than one-and-a-half million displaced.(UN issues a report-but refuses to call the actions of the Sudanese govenment’genocide)The UNashamedly biased!

  11. Thanks for publishing this moving and eloquent dismantling of the haters’ lies about Israel.

    Benorr you are correct that the Groan and the loony left hate themselves at least as much as they hate Israel

  12. And he should know. He, whose people—present and past—have been true victims to Arab colonialist aggression, in a way that can in no way be explained as “blowback.” (Makes it a pity he lumps Christians and Muslims together in victimhood, but nobody’s perfect.)

    This truth, however, falls on deaf Progressivist ears. In the media outlets they own, it will not be aired unless they are made to air it. The Jewish State’s job.