Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Obeid, a much-jailed human rights protester on behalf of his country’s approximately 500,000 chattel slaves, took second place in contested presidential elections in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania last month.
Dah Obeid announced his candidacy for the president’s office only days after his being released from prison last December for once again angering the government. He had been incarcerated, and tortured, many times before….
Dah Abeid, a lawyer who was elected to the national assembly the last time he was behind bars, was born free as the son of a former slave. His father had been freed by his master but his grandmother and uncles remained slaves
“I am from the servile community of Mauritania that makes up 50 per cent of the population,” Dah Obeid said in a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Summit in Geneva in 2014. “Twenty percent of the 50 percent have been born as property of other men. We were inherited by other people.”
All slaves in Mauritania are black Africans while their masters are Berbers and Arabs, or the “whites.” They are also, both masters and slaves, all Muslim.
The “whites” form about 20 percent of the population and occupy almost all important military, business and governmental positions. And that is the problem. One can’t get people to abolish slavery who own slaves themselves.
“The problem is that Mauritania’s Arabs sincerely believe that blacks are inferior and are born to be slaves….a black man, woman or child’s place in life is to serve an Arab master…”
Dah Abeid….was once under sentence of death from a Sharia court as an apostate for opposing slavery.
Slavery is legal in all four Sharia law codes. The eminent historian of Islam, Bernard Lewis, said slavery is “elaborately regulated” under Sharia law. It is a centuries-old, ingrained Islamic institution that has created a racism against black Africans. It also allows slave owners to believe they are doing nothing illegal or immoral in owning slaves. As well, the Prophet Mohammed owned black slaves….
The extent of the slavery tragedy in Mauritania is symbolized by the fact that the country was named in 2013 by Slavery International Index the worst slave state in the world.
Western leftists and liberals, most of whom have never heard of Dah Obeid, worked themselves up into paroxysms of moral outrage over apartheid in South Africa, but remain hypocritically silent about Mauritania.
A main reason for this is that leftists/liberals want to maintain the image they have carefully constructed that Israel and America are the only oppressors in the wrold — while Islam and Arabs are the victims. One such leftist hypocrite was Obama who, when visiting Senegal, mentioned only the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, while disgracefully and hypocritically saying nothing about Islamic slavery in neighboring Mauritania.
And while leftists/liberals and their media establishment smear President Trump as a “racist,” it is telling that the U.S. president has done what the black ex-president Barack Obama never did: he ended trade benefits to Mauritania last November “due to insufficient progress in eradicating forced labor and slavery.”
No advantage for the leftist scum to truthfully discuss Islamic slavery in Mauritania – they’re too busy lying and spinning the fake narrative that President Trump is a racist, and that bath-house barry is legit as to opposing slavery.
Tell the Truth.
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