Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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Ghettos for Jews and Bosnian Muslims

Warsaw Ghetto (Jews) and Srebrenica Ghetto (Bosnian Muslims)

Warsaw Ghetto (Jews) and Srebrenica Ghetto (Bosnian Muslims)

50 years of European progress:

Polish Jews: In 1943, some 400,000 Jewish people were rounded up and herded into the Warsaw Ghetto. German Nazis starved them and murdered many of them – just because they were Jewish.

Bosnian Muslims: In 1993, some 80,000 Bosnian Muslims were herded into the enclave of Srebrenica. Serbs starved the Bosniak civilians, tortured them, terrorized them, and attacked them on a daily basis from nearby Serb village – just because they were Muslims.

It was genocide: In 1993, two years before the Srebrenica massacre, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 819, adopted unanimously on April 16, 1993, Resolution 819 describing the situation in Srebrenica as a “slow-motion proces of genocide.” With the fall of the enclave two years later, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice ruled it was Genocide.

Bosnian Muslims and Jews have a joint experience of persecution and genocide in Europe

Bosnian genocide mass grave at Pilica farm near Srebrenica, twenty feet deep and a hundred feet long, was excavated by forensic pathologists in 1996. Bosniak victims were blindfolded with hands tied behind their back. Photo by Gilles Peress (from The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar (Scalo Books, 1998)).

Bosnian genocide mass grave at Pilica farm near Srebrenica, twenty feet deep and a hundred feet long, was excavated by forensic pathologists in 1996. Bosniak victims were blindfolded with hands tied behind their back. Photo by Gilles Peress (from The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar (Scalo Books, 1998)).

Dr. Mustafa Cerić is the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina (leader of Islamic community) and a prominent member of the Committee on Conscience fighting against the Holocaust denial.

Invited by president of Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah, David de Rothschild, Reisu-l-ulema Dr. Mustafa Cerić took part today in Paris, the seat of the UNESCO, in the presentation of Projet Aladin, accompanied by some two hundred prominent intellectuals, historians, academics and political personae from thirty countries, most of them from the Islamic world.

The gathering is about cultural and educational initiative for promotion of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue based upon mutual acquaintance, respect and refusal to deny and diminish Holocaust. Hosted by the UNESCO, former President of France Jacques Chirac, Prince El-Hassan bin Talaal of Jordan, former President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid and former German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder, project “Aladdin” aims to assist in Muslim-Jewish dialogue so as to remove many a prejudice and stereotype which burden the Muslim-Jewish relations in the world.

“The call of conscience”

A statement, titled “The Call of Conscience”, was adopted to denote the principle of the project: Read the rest of this entry »

Jewish leader warns, "Bosnian Muslims suffering like Jews under Nazi"

Article courtesy of San Francisco Jewish Community Publications Inc., dba Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. Published on Friday, July 28, 1995.

Photo: Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) in Serb-run concentration camps in 1992 Bosnian Genocide. Credits: RON HAVIV, Blood and Honey

Photo: Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) in Serb-run concentration camps in 1992 Bosnian Genocide. Credits: RON HAVIV, Blood and Honey

Bosnian Muslims suffering like Jews under Nazis, official says

by Jewish Telegraphic Agency
28 July 1995.

“The expulsion terror practices in Bosnia today is quite comparable to what happened from the beginning of the Third Reich to the outbreak of the war,” Ignatz Bubis, chairman of the central council of Jews in Germany, told German radio last week.

Bubis said he could not understand why the United Nations and NATO have not learned the lessons that came from appeasing the Nazis before the outbreak of World War II.

In the interview, Bubis said he supported Western military intervention on behalf of the Bosnian Muslims, who, after a three-year-old war, are under increasing attack by the rebel Bosnian Serb forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm

JERUSALEM POST: A look into Bosnian Genocide's notorious concentration camp

Family members of victims of the Omarska concentration camp near the Western Bosnian town of Prijedor hold photos of excavated bodies of their relatives, , during a visit to the site of what once used to be the camp, 06 August, 2006. Photos of the camp and it's prisoners, made in 1992 By the Guardian's Ed Vulliamy, horrified the world's public and drew attention to the fact that ethnic cleansing was being commited at the time in Bosnia, by nationalist forces of Bosnian Serbs.

Family members of victims of the Omarska concentration camp near the Western Bosnian town of Prijedor hold photos of excavated bodies of their relatives, , during a visit to the site of what once used to be the camp, 06 August, 2006. Photos of the camp and it's prisoners, made in 1992 By the Guardian's Ed Vulliamy, horrified the world's public and drew attention to the fact that ethnic cleansing was being commited at the time in Bosnia, by nationalist forces of Bosnian Serbs.

 

First, Muslims and Croats had to wear white bands on their arms

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost Correspondent in Geneva
Originally published: Apr 26, 2009.
Republished with Permission.

JERUSALEM POST – As an inmate in the Omarska concentration camp in Bosnia, in 1992, Nusreta Sivac began her days by counting the corpses of those who had been killed overnight.

“We would see them on the grass in front of the ‘white house,’ which was a little building where the worst torture was committed,” she told the audience who had gathered on Friday to hear her and other victims of racism, including some from Rwanda. They spoke on the sidelines of the United Nations anti-racism conference that met in Geneva last week.

They sat on a small stage, set off from one of the main corridors in the UN’s European headquarters, at an event titled “Voices: Everyone affected by racism has a story that should be heard.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bosnian Muslims are Jews, "We Jews can recognize other Jews" in Bosnian Genocide

Bosnian Muslims Deserve Right to Fight

Sun Journal
25 May 1993.

By: Joanne Jacobs

(Joanne Jacobs is a member of the San Jose Mercury News editorial board)

I have a theory about the Bosnian Muslims: The Muslims are Jews. We Jews can recognize other Jews. It’s the looks, speech, gestures, jokes, attitudes. The context.

The Bosnian Muslims may be the lost tribe, but they’re members of the tribe nonetheless. The tribe of the exiles. The tribe of the inconvenient. They are pitied extravagantly when dead; alive, everyone wants them to go away. Defenseless, they are proclaimed moral victors. Armed, they’d lose all their losers’ charm.

It’s quite true, as everyone agrees, that the United States has no strategic interests in Bosnia. Only as human beings do we have strategic interests in Bosnia.

Never again, if the Bosnian Muslims are destroyed, will we be able to intone “never again.” Again and again, the world will see religious and ethnic minorities rounded up, burned out, raped, murdered and exiled. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Israel Offers Help to Bosnian Muslims

Bush demands inspections; Israel offers aid

8 August 1992.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush vowed Friday that he would not rest until Serbian-run prison camps were opened to outside inspection, but he stopped short of threatening to bomb Serbian positions and targets to gain access.

On the question of military action to keep relief supplies flowing, which the United States is pressing the United Nations to authorize, Bush insisted that any U.S. involvement must be part of a U.N. effort. But the British and the French are both resisting a United Nations authorization vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Bosnian Jews: "We Jews are part of the Bosnian people"

Sarajevo is hit by overnight shelling

By: George Jahn
The Prescott Courier
16 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Scattered fighting was reported overnight in Bosnia, but people ventured out today despite at last four eruption of shelling in the besieged capital.

A group of about 100 ill people, half of them from Sarajevo’s 850-member Jewish community, left in a convoy of three buses bound for Split on the Croatian coast. David Kamdi, deputy head of the local Jewish community, said the convoy had guarantees of safe passage.

“There was a lot of crying this morning,” Kamdi said, and the Jews on the buses vowed to return to Sarajevo. “We Jews are part of the Bosnian people. We will never leave,” Kamdi said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Elie Wiesel: Bosnian Muslims Suffered "Auschwitz in Bosnia"

“How can you ever adequately punish a man who is guilty of ordering the assassination of 8,000 human beings [in Srebrenica]?” – asked Elie Wiesel.

Mr. Elie Wiesel is a Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps. Mr. Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.

Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel on Bosnian Genocide

By Elie Wisel

It’s unimaginable. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm

JEWISH POST: Holocaust Survivor on Bosnian Muslims and Jews

Remember and Protest War Crimes in Bosnia

Jewish Post, p.4
2 December 1992.

A Muslim people are targeted for extinction, and the West turns away. There is no rationalizing this brutal immorality.

To compare Bosnia and the Holocaust is to invite angry disagreement from some Jewish critics who correctly see the Holocaust as a unique evil, an unprecedented descent into hell. But the uniqueness of the Holocaust does not diminish the force of powerful parallels that do exist between these two tragedies, and no one should understand these commonalities better than the Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Jewish and Bosnian Muslim Soldiers, Brothers in Arms

This article offers uniquely rare insight into the Jewish life in the besieged Sarajevo in 1992. Side by side with their Muslim neighbours, Jewish people fought in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and thus contributed to the defense of the country from Serbian aggression.

With Bosnian war raging, Jewish group celebrates life

By John Pomfret
Kentucky New Area (daily)
5 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — On a ping-pong table in a cluttered room next to a synagogue, Zoya Finci works to restore ancient parchments – Hebrew scripts telling the story of the exodus of Jews from the Holy Lands. A dab of acetone here, a swab of alcohol there.

Despite the crash of mortars and heavy machine-gun fire outside, Finci is preparing for an exhibition. With an almost heroic obstinacy, the Jews of Sarajevo are planning to celebrate their 500 years in the city.

“It only comes once every 500 years,” said the middle-age University of Sarajevo art professor, whose family has lived in Sarajevo for four centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm