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Refugee Fleeing ISIS Massacre of Yazidis Laments World’s Focus on Gaza – ‘Save Gaza, Save Gaza’

August 8, 2014 10:56 am 15 comments

ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

ISIS soldiers in convoy in confiscated trucks in Iraq. Photo: Twitter / nayelshafei.

New Yorker writer George Packer returned to Karim, the subject of a recent feature, to learn his frustration that while ISIS gets closer to a true genocide of the ancient Yazidi people, the world ignores his pleas for help because of the misplaced saturation reporting on Gaza.

In a New Yorker blog post on Wednesday, Packer described the plight of the Yazidi as a “humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide” that “is taking place right now in the mountains of northwestern Iraq.”

He wrote of his previous interview: “Karim is a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority in Iraq. Ethnically, he’s Kurdish. An engineer and a father of three young children, Karim spent years working for the U.S. Army in his area, then for an American medical charity. He’s been waiting for months to find out whether the U.S. government will grant him a Special Immigrant Visa because of his service, and because of the danger he currently faces.”

Packer said the Yazidi are being ignored as Israel’s involvement in a crisis captures world attention: “The front-page news continues to be the war in Gaza, a particular Western obsession whether one’s views are pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, or pro-plague-on-both-houses. Nothing that either side has done in that terrible conflict comes close to the routine brutality of ISIS.”

He said: “Karim couldn’t help expressing bitterness about this. ‘I don’t see any attention from the rest of the world,’ he said. ‘In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.””

15 Comments

  • Where exactly is the religion of “love and peace” that we have been told islam is? I remember during the first Iraq war muslim countries saying muslims won’t kill other muslims.These are 2 big lies.Look at all the hate war and murder going on.

  • The World focus of attention is rightly on those Gazans who are Killed by Bombs! Israel has every right to defend itself and the World has every right to speak out about any loss of Innocent life. Children dying because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, is WRONG! Regardless of whether they are Jews, Muslims or Yezidis. I need not remind you that whatever Religion, Tolerance for all exists in Israel where Intolerance for all persists outside that State. IS and Islamic Fundamentalism, on the whole are better equipped to deal with the Death of Innocence, because they have little concern for where that line is drawn. The World knows that, but the Media has the graphic evidence of what sells best. Dead Children playing in the Sand! The only good News is BAD News!

  • don’t blame the media, they are just reporting whatever sells papers and advertising. they don’t have the staff to cover everything all the time, so they miss stories like darfur.

    but what about the state department and the white house?! with all the resources of the american intelligence establishment, they know what’s going on, minute by minute, in iraq (and syria and darfur). they have sources on the ground, electronic intercepts, and satellite surveillance. and hardly a word! o’bummer’s epic indignation at israeli operations in gaza (such as blaming israel for deaths caused by hamas misfires) is dwarfed by his resounding silence on ANY islamist atrocity.

    who would have imagined that just 7 years after 9/11, america would elect a pro-islamist as president?

    • Sorry shloime, but your version of history that the president is “pro-islamist” is nonsense. That Obama is controversial is expected of any head of government.While Obama might be criticized for his lack of enthusiasm for the Jewish State,no president has led the effort to provide the enormous assistance that we extend to Israel.In addition to the annual $3 billion package, nearly $700 more has been provided to further improve the Iron Dome anti-missile system.We have nearly a billion dollars of military material stored in Israel.Furthermore, we have had several joint military exercises with the IDF over the past 5 years. Do not dismiss Obama’s valuable support of the Jewish State.

  • The innocent Yazidi are being attacked by Armed Militant Muslim Arabs who are committing genocide against them. Because Muslim Arabs are committing genocide the mainstream media is not concerned. The likes of the BBC and The New York Times and CNN are too busy slandering Israel for waging a war against the Arab “victims” of Gaza who attack Israel with bombs and tunnels and insist that Israel do nothing and that the Arabs of Gaza are poor innocent “victims. The fact is that Hamas and most Muslim Arab residents of Gaza are in favor of destroying Israel. They would do the same thing to Israelis as the ISIS is doing to the Yazidis in Iraq if they were only able to commit genocide against Israel. Israel is a nation with an Army and it is using its army to defend its citizens and its borders. The U.S. and Britain should let Israel handle Gaza as it sees fit and grant political asylum to all the Yzidis or airlift them to the safe Kurdish area in Iraq.

  • a damning indictment of the media, politicians and so called humanitarians. Where is Amnesty, the UN HRW all those bleeding heart celebrates? Where are the BDS humanitarians. Worst of all are the politicians and media who knew and ignored

  • Shylock of Notre Dame

    Another thing no one notes is most of these countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar or China, can, execute more than died in the in a week with their “laws” which allow killing anyone who questions Islam or the Communist regime at any time, they could kill 2000 people in a day and no one would bat an eye, because that’s their law they have a strict death penalty so no one would even notice, and trust me more die in normal non-war month in the Middle East from secret stoning and beheading followed by crucifixion practiced by law (not terrorist) in every gulf state, than in a major war month in Israel. The world is obviously not grown past antisemitic obsession yet, and they all have mouth tricks to make sure the the Jews are uniquely worthy of hatred, for doing what everyone else does worse, and done worse to the Jews than anyone else, leftist Jews will make sure that no one figures that out, by repeating everything some Roman, British or Muslim censor told them.

  • Israel is an anti-Semitic obsession..they can’t stand the sight of a jew fighting back.

  • Subject: Re: Obama sent TWO airplanes, dropped TWO SMALL bombs only on ISIS Muslim terrorists

    . Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    America, Israel, and its allies must act NOW to destroy Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Iran is the real enemy.
    A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threatened Israel , saying that Iran is keeping its finger on the trigger and is ready to destroy Israel.

    , Lieutenant General (ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin, former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, warned that the interim agreement between Iran and Western powers is a “farce” and added that the U.S. has only one option left — to take out Iran’s nuclear program . ACT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    this is excellent I will share on my list. Shabbat shalom Rabbi Rosenberg

    ISIS killed thousands of Yazidi civilians- Obama dropped 2 bombs only on the terrorists

    and, link to- Why the US is bombing ISIS in Iraq – per Israeli TV news expert reporter, Ehud Yaari, 8-8-14, CH1, Obama sent TWO airplanes which dropped TWO SMALL bombs ONLY , each of 160 Kg (350 pounds) on the ISIS Muslim terrorists who is killing ten of thousands innocent people there and sell women to slavery (yes, in 2014), and the UN council said it “should be stopped” , with no condemnation (condemnation of Israel goes much easier in biased way):

    The war there is going on for two months and only now Obama dropped two bombs with on the butchers:

    As a summary: “…ISIS has treated Iraqi minority groups absolutely brutally during its advance.

    This has included Christians and other groups, but in early August ISIS began threatening Iraq’s Yazidi group, who are trapped in a horrifying plight. The Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority with about 600,000 adherents worldwide. Yazidi religion is often described as a blend between Zoroastrianism and Islam, particularly mystical Sufi Islam, but ISIS calls them “devil-worshippers.”

    “An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth”

    The largest concentration of Yazidis in the world is in northern Iraq, where ISIS recently made significant inroads — including into a heavily Yazidi town called Sinjar. ISIS has made special efforts to slaughter them. In fleeing ISIS, between 10,000 and 40,000 Yazidis from Sinjar and nearby environs have taken refuge on Mount Sinjar, an adjacent mountain, where they do not have regular access to food or water. They are trapped between starvation and ISIS, which controls every road out.

    “An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth,” Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi MP in Iraq, said in a tearful floor speech, begging for the world to save them.

    The planned humanitarian airdrops are explicitly designed to help the trapped Yazidis. Still, airdrops alone may not be enough. One analysis suggests that “24 C-130 transport aircraft flying round trips every day would be necessary to keep the Yazidi supplied with water” — and that doesn’t even include food. US airstrikes will attempt to break ISIS’ encirclement of the mountain.

    Iraqi Christians are also victims of ISIS’ march. On August 6, ISIS took Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town. The town of 50,000 has had limited access to food, power, and water since, and some Christians have been given the “choice” to convert to Islam or be killed…”

    Please forward, Udi

  • sidney sands

    Lets face it there is little difference between Hamas and the ISIS, its just that ISIS is getting away with it, but Hamas is getting a bloody nose, Hamas would do the same as ISIS if they get the chance.

  • If the Yadidi were fighting Jewish Israel, the whole world would pay attention.

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