Daniel Swindell

Do Black Lives Matter in the Iran Deal?

The reason I don’t support the Iran deal is because I don’t like black people — at least, that is what a caller told me on the radio show where I was invited to speak about the Iran deal. During the show I listed the arguments presented by the Obama administration in favor of the deal, and then I attempted to refute each one of them.

Towards the end of the show, a man called in and exclaimed that my only motive was that I simply wanted to see a black president fail. He reduced all my arguments to simple racism. He said, “It’s a smear campaign against Barak Obama. To try to portray him as a black President as being negligent, or incapable of fulfilling the role of a president. In other words, it’s not that I see serious flaws with the Iran deal itself, it’s just that I don’t like black people.

Well, despite the initial sting of being called a racist on air, this argument is not totally new to me. And I also want to say that the caller probably wasn’t trying to attack me personally, even though it felt that way. But more importantly, as I explained to the caller, the Iran deal will cause enormous damage to many African people. I explained, “Iran gives hundred of millions of dollars to Hamas. Hamas is one of the world’s leaders in the African slave trade… So, when I fight against this deal, I fight against black people being sold. I am fighting to keep money out of the hands of people who will sell Africans.”

My statements on the radio referred to the Hamas and Bedouin modern, African slave trade, which starts in the Sinai Desert where Bedouin tribesman kidnap African refugees as they travel trying to reach Israel, or possibly Europe. The Bedouin tribesman do a great deal of the legwork, such as the kidnapping, and the transport of the captives across the desert roads, while Hamas does a great deal of the money transfers. Anthropologist Geoffrey Clarfield wrote, “There are about 50 tribally based trafficking gangs working in the Sinai.” Calev Myers described the situation in the Sinai, “This sparsely populated and traditionally lawless desert region…is providing local (Bedouin) tribesmen a chance to build a thriving business in illegally trafficking African migrants… Most of the Sinai refugees are collateral damage from Africa’s many tribal conflicts, many from Sudan, Eritrea, or Ethiopia… 87% of the hostages are Christian.”

There are generally two possible options, either the kidnapped victims are sold into some form of slavery, or the victims are held in storehouses for ransom money from their families. Clarfield wrote, “Once the incoming groups of captive Eritreans are divided up among the gangs, the poor victims are asked if they have relatives abroad with cellphones. If they do, and most do, then they are asked to call their relatives and arrange for ransoms of up to $50,000 per person.”

These ransom houses are known as, “torture houses,” because the Bedouins call the families of the captives from the house, and torture their victims over the phone so that their families can listen to their screams as motivation to send the money.

A reporter recounted, “The mother was telling me, she was listening to her daughter being raped, and they were yelling, ‘this is for you.’” A survivor told CNN, “You are lucky if you can rest… every twenty minutes they come and hit you with a big stick… we cannot even hold bread with our hands because they are so swollen.” A family member told CNN that the kidnappers, “call me every hour and ask for money while my brother is being tortured… then my parents will call and say, ‘please, we cannot take the torture calls.’”

Hamas transfers the ransom money through the Gaza strip and West Bank. Myers wrote, “Extortion is key to the Sinai-based smuggling industry. The smugglers wish to procure the largest sum possible for each abductee and are willing to go to extreme lengths to secure ransoms…. Once the family members pay up, the ransom funds move to the hands of Hamas operatives in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Nablus. From there, the funds flow into the Gaza Strip… (and into) Hamas’ network of underground tunnels running under the border between Gaza and Sinai.” Hamas smuggles the ransom cash through its tunnels, which makes Hamas one of the world’s leaders in the modern African slave and torture trade. Hamas has made untold millions of dollars, while the entire network, “is a highly profitable trade with criminal enterprises encompassing a far-stretched network of regional operatives from Sudan to the West Bank, and has so far taken in revenue of an estimated 600 million dollars, earning around 20,000 dollars for each kidnapped refugee.”

Hamas is a proxy of Iran. Iran gives Hamas hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Our government knows about the Hamas slave trade, it’s no secret – after all, it has been reported on CCN. And yet, we are about to give Iran a hundred and fifty billion dollars. Which means, not only is Iran about to get a whole lot richer, but so is Hamas! The Iran deal will flood Hamas with cash to fuel the enslavement of countless African victims. Anyone who denies this is either deluded, or a liar.

So, here are my questions: First, how will money reform psychology? If we give billions of dollars to human traffickers, why will they stop trafficking? Second, why am I trying to stop money from being given to a “government” who sells Africans, but my president is not? My answer is that I am trying to stop the modern African slave trade. My motivation for fighting the Iran deal is because I care about all lives, regardless of race. But what is President Obama’s motivation?

About the Author
Daniel Swindell is a Zionist. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, and has studied in Yeshiva.