LETTER FROM A JEW TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES.
BIAFRA NEEDS YOUR HELP!
You’ve probably never heard of it, but everyone should help raise awareness of Biafra. Particularly the Jewish community worldwide.
Here’s why your solidarity with Biafra is a moral necessity…
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, is a secessionist state in eastern Nigeria. The inhabitants are mostly the Igbo people who led the secession due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious persecution.
It is estimated they have lost 3.5 million lives and $50 billion in property since 1945. Triggered by yet another pogrom on Igbo people, Biafra first attempted to leave Nigeria in 1967-1970. Millions of Biafran civilians were murdered or died from Starvation caused by a blockade by the Nigerian government. It was Africa’s most devastating genocide of the 20th century, orchestrated by the state with cities, towns and communities being destroyed. The lack of action cleared the way for other killings and genocide across Africa, such as Rwanda.
Médecins Sans Frontières originated in response to the suffering in Biafra. They witnessed civilians being murdered and starved en masse by government forces. Even medical volunteers and hospitals were attacked by the Nigerian army.
Biafran independence is now a mass movement, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu and his London-based colleagues.
The movement has grown so rapidly that it has a following at home and of Biafrans in diaspora in nearly every country in the world. There are numerous groups advocating for a separate country.
However, now there is another mass clampdown on Biafrans. Igbo people are subjected to another wave of intimidation, persecution, attacks and extrajudicial killings by the Nigerian army. The same army that couldn’t be bothered to rescue hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Unarmed civilians are are being slain in the streets and journalists forcibly prevented from reporting it. And all because they seek protection from the persecution, hate and barbaric treatment that they receive. They seek self determination as others cannot be trusted to treat them as equals. Igbo are culturally and socially different.
Is the picture starting to sound familiar?
Igbo people, Judaism & Israel
Biafrans are mostly Christians and Jews. However, most of them feel a strong affinity with Jewishness and Israel regardless of their religion. The Igbo are unarguable the oldest ethnic group in Nigeria. They were founded thousands of years ago by Eri, who is believed to be a Jew from Israel and perhaps a grandson of Jacob. The similarities between Biafrans and Israel are stark.
Biafrans are are progressive and resourceful – economically, politically and socially. This is in contrast to their conservative rulers, who feel envy and animosity towards Biafran dynamism.
Those Igbo who didn’t newly adopt Judaism are descendants of the Jews of the Bilad al-Sudan – West African Jewish communities who were connected to known Jewish communities from the Middle East, North Africa, or Spain and Portugal. Various historical records attest to their presence at one time in the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires, then called the Bilad as-Sudan from the Arabic meaning Land of the Blacks.
Genocidal Nigerian leaders call them vermin and talk of ‘reducing the population’. They adjust their language to smear them without sounding like hateful racists – calling them ‘Zionists’ as a derogatory term. However, the language is unmistakably fascistic with echoes of Nazi Germany.
And now it is clear what is occurring is just the beginning. They are already blaming the Igbo for the mass murder they are about to inflict on them.
We must not stay silent while another Igbo massacre occurs.
So, get tweeting about Biafra. Follow some Biafrans. Show your solidarity and support – raise awareness
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