African diplomats suffer from racism in Israel


This video is called Racism Report: Africans in Israel.

From Ynet in Israel:

African diplomats in Israel: We’re afraid to walk down streets

In meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, Ghana‘s ambassador says wife gets picked on when she goes shopping

Itamar Eichner

Published: 08.05.12, 12:09

Due to the recent slew of offensive and racist statements made by Israeli politicians, African diplomats in Israel are afraid to walk down the street, said African ambassadors in Israel during a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

The meeting, which was attended by the ambassadors of Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast, was recently held in the Foreign Ministry’s offices in Jerusalem, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

In addition to Ayalon, the meeting was also attended by Avi Granot, the assistant director general for the ministry’s Africa division.

During the meeting, Ghana’s ambassador to Israel Henry Hanson-Hall said that his wife is constantly picked on when she goes shopping. “If that’s what happens to an ambassador’s wife,” he said “what are the rest of the African employees supposed to say?! I’m afraid of being arrested or picked on,” he added.

According to the foreign diplomats, the racial slurs directed at them harm Israel’s public image in Africa. They emphasized Israel’s right to deport foreign migrants, but asked that the issue be dealt with in a humane manner.

They further said that the publicized deportation of migrants humiliates them and depicts them as dangerous criminals.

A resident of Beersheba claimed that a bus driver called her a “stinking Ethiopian”, Yedioth Ahronoth reported: here.

Israel kicks out migrants – by changing their nationality and sending them to another country: here.

South Tel Aviv stories: Some children lead paperless lives: here.

From the Jerusalem Post in Israel:

Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon Sunday described two violent attacks against Arabs ​​over the weekend in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem as “hate crimes” and “terrorist acts.” He called the attacks “totally unacceptable and outrageous” and ascribed their incidence to a moral and educational failure that goes against Jewish ethics and values.

Kwame Nkrumah and the independence of Ghana


Kwame NkrumahBy Gyekye Tanoh:

What is the real legacy of Kwame Nkrumah?

A mass movement led by Kwame Nkrumah won Ghana its independence 50 years ago.

Ghanaian socialist Gyekye Tanoh looks back at those inspiring struggles – and draws the lessons for today

On Tuesday 6 March Ghana, the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve its freedom, commemorated 50 years of independence from Britain.

In 1957 Kwame Nkrumah, the man who led the nation’s freedom struggle, declared, “The independence of Ghana is meaningless until it is linked with the total liberation of Africa.”

That night people erupted in jubilant cheering in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

This reverberated across Africa and found an echo throughout the black diaspora in the Caribbean, Britain and the US, and among anti-imperialists everywhere.

Today the dominant images of Africa are of starving, fly-blown children, civil wars and desperate migrants who risk abominable official racism in countries like Britain.

It makes it almost impossible to imagine the electrifying energy that spread across Africa following Ghana’s independence. Nkrumah was revered as the movement’s pre-eminent figure.

On independence night, calypso giants Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow joined African artists at the mass celebration.

At the official ball US vice-president Richard Nixon patted a black man on the back and patronisingly inquired how it felt to be free.

“I wouldn’t know, I’m from Alabama,” was his indignant response.

Nixon’s respondent was one of the many thousand militants and leaders – including Martin Luther King – who came to Ghana to meet, discuss and celebrate.

Accra became a staging post for anti-colonial struggles.

Sekou Toure (who later became the president of Guinea) and Patrice Lumumba (who became president of Congo) sought and gained support there.

Ghana today: here.

Jean Genet: ‘Apostle of the wretched of the earth’ and his The Blacks: a challenge to the injustice of imperialism: here.

Malawian poet Jack Mapanje: here.

Quotes, real or imagined, by African politicians: here.

Anti-imperialism in African American history: here.

Eighty clay figures depicting both animals and humans have just been excavated in Northern Ghana, according to information provided to Discovery News by the University of Manchester: here.

In an August 18 meeting of the National Security Council, US President Dwight Eisenhower told Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief Allen Dulles that Patrice Lumumba, the recently elected premier of the newly-independent Republic of the Congo, must be “eliminated” so that the Congo would not become “another Cuba”: here.

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