Allan Wolman
Allan Wolman

Three Deaths and a Court Case!

Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman, murdered and then pushed out of the window of a Paris apartment by her pot smoking neighbour Kobili Traore while shouting “God is Great’. Very clearly an act of anti-Semitism. A French court recently ruled that Traore cannot stand trial for murder as he was not criminally responsible due to the “delirious fit” resulting from smoking pot! So, the cold-blooded murderer of a Jewish woman walks free, and not even a one liner in the New York Times, The Times of London or any other newspaper worldwide. Certainly a non-issue in the eyes of the media and really only a “Jewish “ woman violently murdered in cold blood and also a non-issue that the perpetrator is free to continue his pot smoking lifestyle!

Contrast this to the murder of Saint George (Floyd) whose brutal killing not only made world headlines in almost every country but resulted in demonstrations (sometimes violent) in a number of world capitals. But it did not stop there as the trail of Floyd’s murderer, Derek Chauvin was mainstream news for the duration of his trail on almost every international newspaper as well as most T.V. channels both in the U.S. and abroad.  International comments are still headline news days after the guilty verdict was announced and CNN carrying out in depth interviews with St George’s girlfriend, brother, cousins and anyone claiming to know the unfortunate victim – Don Lemon, CNN anchor milks this story for two hours daily, since the trial began. His portrait still emblazoned across billboards in many world capitals and sportsmen all “taking the knee” at major sports events. The media ensuring that this issue remains in the forefront of attention for as long as possible – which seems to be in perpetuity!

Then there is the case of little known Collins Khoza, an innocent black man living in an impoverished township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, murdered within a few weeks of  St. George, by black soldiers under the command of black policemen whilst under the brutal South African ANC government lockdown who ruled drinking of alcohol was forbidden (as was smoking cigarettes and the wearing of open toe sandals). Khoza was simply “suspected ‘of consuming alcohol but brutally beaten to death under the command of black police officers.

In an inquiry by the South African Army the killer of Khoza was found “to have acted improperly, irregularly and in contravention of their code of conduct”. It was recommended that “appropriate disciplinary measures be taken against the commander of the platoon who was on the ground, and against those who were with the commander.”

Now let’s forget about the murder of a Jewish woman – after all its ok to kill Jews and walk free – who really cares??

But the outrage and attention of the killing of St George contrasted with a similar murder of a black man in black ruled South Africa that never saw a single mention in any newspaper or T.V. channel outside of South Africa – and even then that event was quickly “swept under the carpet” and soon forgotten. This must speak volumes for the values of “Black Lives Matter” – which means that only SOME  lives matter!

The outrage and attention of the killing of St George contrasted with a similar murder of a black man in black ruled South Africa that never saw a single mention in any newspaper or T.V. channel outside of South Africa – and even then that event was quickly “swept under the carpet” and soon forgotten. This must speak volumes for the values of “Black Lives Matter” – which means that only SOME  lives matter!

Whilst not trying to diminish the severity of the brutal killing of Floyd and the outrage resulting from that tragic event the brutal killing of Collins Khoza was not the only act of police brutality in South Africa. According the to South Africa Human Rights Commission (an independent watchdog body) a further 10 people succumbed under the draconian lock down regulations in the first month alone – all black men like St. George – the difference being that they were killed by black police, and a further 230,000 people were arrested for violating some of the most bizarre and  draconian regulations ever devised.

After more than a year of various stages of  regulations related to lockdown protocols black on black violence continues in that country with one on the highest crime rates in the world where statistics reveal that a woman in raped every minute, gender based violence on the rise and acts of xenophobia reported daily.

While the Black Lives Matter movement ever present in world media very little is reported about the plight of the black man in Africa. Africa has witnessed some of the most horrific genocides of the past 50 years, in Rwanda, Darfur, South Sudan and the DRC – these genocides certainly do not receive the attention of a George Floyd. Reports, however few, of the current situation in Zimbabwe where more than half the population on the brink of starvation as a result of a demented government ideology, hardly get a mention on page twelve of a regional U.K. newspaper and as for such reporting in the U.S. one would think that newspapers in that country have never heard of Africa.

A very positive spin-off of slaying of St. George ((Floyd) is the awareness of race hatred and combatting this scourge together with other minority groups targeted by hate and white supremacists. This awareness has its limitations and stops with one specific group which is and always has been open season, being the oldest hate in history and hatred of Jews seem to escape the ambit of those lobbying for the rights of minority groups being highlighted for recognition, respect, acceptance and inclusion on normal societies.

About the Author
Allan is a member of the South African (SA) Israel Media Team - lobby group that challenges negative reporting about Israel. The SA mainstream press is amongst the most hostile and biased press concerning Israel and supports BDS as is the ANC government of that country. He has been a contributor to combatting the false and sometime fabricated reporting on Israel and has had many letters to the editors published.
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