Let My People Go

Slavery is explicitly permitted in the Koran.  Recently Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a prominent Saudi religious leader called for slavery to be re-legalized throughout the kingdom.  According to the Sheik, a member of the Senior Council of Clerics:  "Slavery is a part of Islam.  Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam."  

In thought and deed this way of thinking is common throughout the Islamic world.  Abu Ishaq al-Huwanini, an Egyptian Cleric proudly proclaims he wishes to apply the ancient Shar'i code of enslaving populations which refuse to pay the jizia (poll tax) or converting to Islam when defeated at the hands of a Muslim nation.  He states:  "When I want a sex slave, I go to the market and pick whichever female I desire and buy her" 

Why such dastardly remarks and proof of such practices are discounted by those so quick to chastise Israel is perplexing to say the least.  A segment of the Jewish population, particularly on campuses throughout the world, denounces Israel as an apartheid state while ignoring the very real practice of Islamic slavery and the endemic degradation of women which exists to this very day; most egregiously throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Perhaps, unfortunate to say, slavery is almost discounted in the Arab Middle East, and recognition of it in today's politically correct world is muted at best.  But one would think the widespread Muslim enslavement of native black people throughout Africa would be a cause célèbre amongst the self-proclaimed intelligentsia.  It simply isn't. 

How many people have heard the story of Moulkheir Mint Yarba?  Very few if any I assume.  According to a CNN story written by John D. Sutter, Moulkheir Mint Yarba is a woman born into slavery in the West African, Islamic nation of Mauritania.  A country in which modern slavery is more prevalent than anywhere else in the world. 

One day after returning to her wretched dwelling from tending her master's goats she was devastated to find her infant daughter left outside in the searing desert heat to die.  This was done as punishment by her master; a man who had fathered the infant subsequent to raping this woman.  Why such a despicable act?  He told her she would work faster without the child on her back.  What recourse did she have?  The same as the other 10%-20% of slaves that live in Mauritania, none.  

Just to the South of Mauritania is another West African nation, Senegal.  Its population is 9.1 million, 80% of whom are Muslims.  Goree Island, lies less than 2 miles off the coast of Senegal, and was one of West Africa's largest slave trading outposts during the Atlantic Slave Trade.  While slaves no longer flow in and out of the slave houses of Gorée Island, slavery continues to riddle the country.  Senegal is a source, transit, and destination country for modern slaves, according to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Authorities in Nigeria say as many as 40,000 girls and women have been trafficked to nearby West African countries to serve as sex workers.  Simon Egede an investigator from Nigeria's National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons found slave camps full of Nigerian women and girls in Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, and Morocco.  He estimates that there are between 20,000 and 40,000 victims.  What do all these nations have in common?  Political correctness aside, the least common denominator denotes an average of better than 75% of their collective population is Islamic.  These are indisputable facts which are documented and well known to the U.N., the E.U., and in governmental agencies throughout the world.  So once again, where is the outcry on American campuses by professors and students so quick to castigate Israel?  And what has the world body done so far about it?

On November 8, 2012 the U.N. elected genocidal, misogynistic and tyrannical Sudan to its 54-member Economic and Social Council.  Laughingly, this U.N. body regulates human rights groups, oversees U.N. committees on women's rights, and crafts resolutions from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation.  It gets crazier.  

The following month, December 12, the U.N.'s top human rights body marked Human Rights Day by electing Mauritania's Ambassador as one of 4 Vice Presidents to the Human Rights Council.  At the same time another Vice President elected was the representative from the Maldives, a predominantly Islamic Island in the Indian Ocean just off the east coast of Africa.  

In this wonderful country, non-Muslim foreign workers may only practice their faith in private.  Speech deemed "contrary to the tenets of Islam" is restricted; women are flogged for extramarital sex, and homosexual activity is a crime punishable with banishment and flogging. 

Dismissing or ignoring the crimes and inhumanities committed by the aforementioned nations, it's become acceptable for leftist groups on and off campus to demonize, delegitimize, and judge Israel with a double standard, while issuing a free pass to Islamic deprivations such as honor killings, misogyny, slavery, as well as other heinous practices.  Quick to drown out and block appearances by pro-Israeli speakers on campus, their silence is deafening to the crimes committed in the Muslim world.  We've all heard of the "Apartheid week" libel spewed against Israel every March.  Has anyone heard of an equivalent "anti Slavery week?"  I haven't.

It is biased behavior is par for the course at the U.N. and almost understandable.  It's a lot easier for them and the nations which they're comprised of to use Israel as a punching bag rather than focus their attention on the many Muslim nations where barbaric atrocities are continuously committed and are just a part of daily life.  

What's not understandable is the apathy and blindness self-righteous academia gives to these uncivilized practices which should be anathema to the ideals they so sanctimoniously claim to stand for. 

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