Tuesday, July 31

Darfur & Israel: Seeing the story in black and white (Updated)

When you mention Darfur refugees, most Israelis think about the hundreds of Sudanese who have streamed into Israel this year and the controversy and confusion over what the government should do with them.

However, Dr. Drora Zarfati, an ophthalmologist from the Emek Medical Center in Afula, sees the issue of refugees from Darfur in a different light, so to speak - she's just returned from two weeks of performing dozens of eyesight restoring surgical procedures, and treating ocular diseases for south Sudanese refugees at the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya.
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Update: Aliza Olmert, wife of prime minister Ehud, writes a moving piece at Ynet News about her encounter with refugees arriving in Israel.

Meanwhile, through the looking glass, the usual yammering screed:
Sudan's defense minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has accused "24 Jewish organizations" of "fueling the conflict in Darfur" last week in an interview with a Saudi newspaper. Hussein was interviewed during an official state visit to the Saudi kingdom last week.

How might Tony Soprano put it? "We got ya' f-kin' Jew conspiracy riiiight heah, babe."

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