By | Editorial | Republic Underground
March 10, 2021-
On Sunday, March 7, in the city of Sana’a, Yemen the Houthi Rebels set fire to the Ethiopian migrants inside a holding facility. The victims of the fatal fire were cut off from the rest of the detainees and were sealed inside an enclosing. Hundreds perished.
On March 10, The Yemeni Coalition for Independent Women and the European Organization’s Union for Peace met to discuss these events.
A transcript of comments by each person in attendance of this event has been translated from Arabic below.
On the sidelines of the Human Rights Council, the 46th session, a symposium:
Among the ongoing series of crimes by the Houthi militia: the burning of hundreds of African refugees and migrants.
The moderator, Mr. Faisal Al-Qifi, President of the European Organizations Allied for Peace in Yemen
1. Dr. Wissam Basindwa, President of the March 8 Bloc for Yemeni Women, Jeddah
2.A. Irina Zuckerman, Human Rights, and National Security Lawyer, USA
3.Ms. Shakira Adam, human rights activist
4. A. Adel Al-Ahmadi, President of the Nashwan Al-Hamiri Center for Studies and Information
The seminar was opened by Professor Faisal Al-Qeefi and invited at the beginning to a minute of mourning and stated that Yemen has been in mourning since the Houthi militia turned against the legitimate government and condemned the terrorist crime committed by the Houthi militia by burning hundreds of African refugees and immigrants.
Dr. Wissam Basindwa
“We will really start mourning. The whole symposium will be an hour of mourning for the heinous Houthi militia’s crime and the never-ending Houthi militia’s terror series, because murder is its first weapon with humanity, and this is the case for all terrorist militias, unfortunately, the crime that has taken place is a crime for which humanity is facing. We are only surprised that international organizations are satisfied with denouncing the number of victims as if not every victim and every soul lost is history and life for human beings.
This is not only a crime of killing civilians. They have no real tragedy. These refugees are forced to separate their families and homes in a desire for a better life and then wish for this death instead of being embraced by the party.
They are resorting to and then they are now killed in cold blood. All the words that can be said about this heinous crime are frozen in our veins, not only in our lips.
The more and the wonder of the situation in which the world and the international community deal in front of this incident as if there are people with blue blood who deserve that the world carries out mourning operations for them all over it, and there are people without value, racism still exists and the people of brown people still have their bloodless valuable than other blood, and how if they are African refugees One of our Ethiopian brothers and in Yemen is the forgotten state in this world.
The crime that occurred several days ago and was covered up so that some of the soft organizations concerned with beautifying the face of the coup were ashamed to remain silent in the face of what happened and refer to the victims who were killed as an accident, and this is not his accident. This is a deliberate terrorist crime. To date, the number of victims exceeds 450 and have been killed by incendiary bombs. They are not human beings. We have warned more than once about what the racist and terrorist Houthi militia is doing, as it is mastered with all kinds of Nazi-fascist racism, whether political, racial, class, sectarian or sectarian, and all kinds of discrimination in the world. This militia is practicing as if they have historical enemies with all humanity and the universe. Creates only for them, and this doesn’t exist for all extremist groups.
In the past, we used to talk about the racism they practiced against our Yemeni brothers of the marginalized brown-skinned people and they called them grandchildren Bilal, who is a great companion of Habashian origins, in this case, they deny them full citizenship according to the color of their skin and then show them their lineage to a specific companion based on color and then transfer them to the battlefronts.
This suitable place means for them that they are only on the fronts of death, now the same crime is repeated with our brothers the Ethiopian refugees who were placed in overcrowded and inhuman camps and forced to go to the fighting fronts in exchange for water and food security, and in the end, they were provided with neither water nor food, and even they were not allowed to live or practice.
Their right to abstain from food to express rejection and anger. The Holocaust, which occurred again yesterday, confirms what we have always said about the Houthi militia that it practices Nazi actions, whether in ethnic discrimination or in the manner of the Holocaust throwing incendiary bombs, just as happened in gas ovens and the Holocaust in Europe. And the blood of the Africans is not cheaper than the blood of the Europeans, or they use the human rights file only for blackmail. Just imagine if this operation was a wrong bombing of the coalition, for example, as they put hundreds in a place that can only accommodate eighty people, so can we imagine that if it was a wrong bombing of the coalition, will the world rise?
Human rights activists and the international community are now silent terribly when the Houthi militia commits such crimes. I suggest that we coordinate a campaign on Friday on this terrorist crime and make reference to all human rights activists and human rights organizations in the world.
“The situation in Yemen, in general, is not well known in the West, due to the indifferent, selective, biased or inaccurate media reports by people, and the fact that Houthi activists are often the ones telling the story either in a completely one-sided way. Or in a neutral way that only blames the Arab coalition and not the Houthi militia.
Certainly, Western countries are not aware of the minority communities in Yemen, including the displaced Ethiopians whose stories are not covered by any coverage, and who are the most vulnerable and who come as a result of the close physical proximity between Yemen and Ethiopia, The history of exchanges between the societies of the two countries. The Houthis took advantage of this information vacuum to spread conspiracy theories about these displaced people to strip them of their humanity, portray them as terrorists, and attempt to recruit them in the Marib attack as hundreds of fighters from both sides have already been killed as a result. Terrorism before the Biden administration. Silence on this issue is not just out of ignorance. However, the same media that were covering “black lives” but ignored covering this pain Jazir and especially the Houthis’ racism, their distinction between tribes, hatred of anyone who is not Houthi, as well as their slogan Death to America, Death to Israel, and Death to the Jews, which makes their racism against different groups of skin color, race, or religion, in general, less surprising. The stories of the victims of the refugee Holocaust must be told as individuals, with their families, histories, hopes, and dreams.
These people had potential – they might have been able to contribute to their community, but they never had the opportunity, forced to live in camps and isolated in areas under Houthi control so that even the ordinary Yemenis who lived there had no voice or rights. The Houthis represent a growing ideological threat outside the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia; They have taken on their racist ideology and promoted it through “cultural centers” and activists in the United States. The same politicians and human rights activists who regularly express their anger at domestic issues and accuse Americans of systematic racism and the Arab coalition of human rights violations, do not express Houthi crimes but rather promote them.
I am disappointed by the silence of international human rights NGOs, but in reality, they will only criticize Iran’s proxies when it fits their agenda. For the same reason, the Biden administration, despite allegations of human rights concerns, ignored and exempted Houthi terrorism and violations, and removed them from the list of foreign terrorist organizations under the pretext of not wanting to aggravate the humanitarian situation in Yemen, when they are in Yemen.
The truth is that the Houthis were the ones who created this humanitarian catastrophe in the first place. Biden’s agenda in promoting a return to nuclear talks with Iran causes him to take steps that only encourage and enable Houthi violence and terror, and the more they appease them, the greater their military escalation. We see that the administration and Western powers have reason to ignore such stories and unwarranted incidents of violence because they want Iran and the Houthis to prevail. We see this from their actions in advancing the talks brokered by the United Nations even though the Houthis have violated all previous ceasefire agreements and have no interest in legitimate peaceful participation; The idea is to try to get the Arab coalition out of Yemen so that it can be completely controlled by the Houthis and Iran.
They want to see Iran become a dominant power in the Middle East because they see Iran as a sympathetic partner with their vision of the world.
Yemeni activists and their allies and friends should reach out to a wider audience among ordinary Americans who can be affected by human rights issues and tell the stories of refugee victims in their entirety, not just brief glimpses of the situation. We have to hear from the families of those who are suffering and who have been injured and ask them to come to the United States and Europe and speak directly to the politicians and explain the crimes of the Houthi militia.
Ms. Shakira Adam
“I do not find the word there is great anger about the Holocaust towards our African sisters, in particular the Ethiopians, by the Houthi militia that practices criminal destructive policies against the Yemeni people. Firstly, secondly, Africans. I condemn the silence of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, the international community, Western media, and the United Nations must provide They have a lot of protection or move them to a safer country for them. They did not move, but your reports were kind, not up to the level of an international organization. The Oromo Media Network has a lot of stories, stories, pictures, and videos. Everyone agrees that the incident was a deliberate crime. Bombs were thrown in a small place that is supposed to be It accommodates a hundred to eighty people, but there are hundreds of people confined to one place, and some kept a request not to show their name or photo. They indicated that the Houthi tried to approach them and asked them to join their ranks, and many refused to join and blackmail them with providing food and blackmailing them with recruitment in exchange for food and accommodation.
I do not know how a terrorist group can request legalization for illegal refugees, which is already illegal. The Houthi is illegal and terrorist and extorts refugees and demands rationing in exchange for food and residency papers, but I contacted the International Organization for Migration and they said that most of the refugees were given identification papers from the United Nations in a way. It is legalized, but this indicates that the Houthis want to recruit them. I love to thank every Yemeni and every free Yemeni who contributed to making our voice heard and searching for the truth despite the circumstances in which you are living, and through me, I also convey the thanks of our Ethiopian brothers to many of the Yemeni media and Yemeni television for reporting this heinous crime.
A. Adel Al-Ahmadi
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs. This massacre is considered one of the greatest brutal and criminal massacres throughout history. There is global hypocrisy that does not pay attention to this massacre. This is a Holocaust that has never been before, like a Holocaust that has been seen by everyone with their eyes and there are testimonies, their distortions will continue to be witnessed.” For the crimes of this group and the silence of the international community, we as two men were displaced to Ethiopia, the Ethiopians used to receive the Yemenis, and the Yemenis were celebrating their Ethiopian brothers well, and this crime does not represent the Yemenis at all, but rather the ethics of the Iranian terrorist militia.
I condemn the silence of the international community and the voice of the front or international envoy, Griffet. This is a very big crime, and it is not the first time hundreds of them were previously forced into the Houthi front. The Houthi justifications came from some commentators in the Twitter campaign about the crime saying that these Ethiopians were planning acts of sabotage and riots, but this is not true.
We did not see from the Ethiopians acts of sabotage, on the contrary, they come to work and take Yemen as a stop to travel to European countries. After we carried out the campaign yesterday, contact me. One of the doctors said that what you mentioned in the Twitter campaign is all true, because one of his students works in the Yemeni German Hospital and confirmed this, and all the doctors confirmed that, and one of them mentioned that at first they were beaten and then burned, we are from here saying that the terrorist Houthi militia is committing daily incinerations rightly. The deceived ones from the people of Yemen who were driven to destruction in a losing battle in service of racist desires and evil Iranian ambitions, and whoever did not die at the front burned him in a hangar, as happened to nearly 450 refugees in a deliberate crime.
The difference is big between the number of African refugees flowing daily to Yemen for years and the total that exists !! Hundreds of displaced Africans were forcibly recruited by the Houthi militia and died in its ranks … and reports speak of camps designated for their recruitment in Dhamar, Sanaa, and Al-Bayda, and when the rest of the refugees refused to be cast by the Houthi to death, he burned them Cold-blooded in a crime that wanders the brow of mankind. The Biden administration is a partner in this heinous crime that affected 450 African refugees, which was incinerated by the Houthi terrorist group, and is even a partner in all the blood that has shed since the Houthis have been classified as a terrorist organization. As long as this terrorist militia remains, we will wake up every day to a more horrific crime than the previous one. A group that sees racism as a religion and practices terrorism as a cult … and currently controls the weapon of a state … What do you expect from it, then other than more crimes and more victims?
Al-Houthi looks at people as if they are insects. They do not look at others as human beings. I am from here as an activist, as an observer, and as a researcher.
I see that the U.S. President’s administration is a partner in this crime since the decision to classify them as the terrorist militia was canceled. The violations in Marib and Saudi Arabia increased, as the Biden administration gave them the green light with this decision. The international community and the Biden administration reconsider the decision to classify them as this group that went beyond ISIS, Nazism, and all kinds of terrorism that have been known in history over the long ages
Tsukerman also went into detail regarding west perspective of Houthis
Irina Tsukerman included additional comments to her review of the situation, regarding the political perspectives of the west on the Houthi rebel situation. They proceed as follows:
I started by saying that the situation in Yemen, in general, is poorly known in the West, due to most people’s disinterested, selective, biased, or inaccurate reporting by the media, and the fact that the Houthi activists are the ones mostly telling the story either in a completely one-sided way or the neutral way that blames the Arab Coalition in equal measure for the situation without isolating Houthis in a way that would hold them accountable for their unique human rights abuses.
For sure Western countries are not aware of minority communities in Yemen, including Ethiopian IDPs whose stories receive no coverage, who are the most vulnerable, and who come as a result of close physical proximity between Yemen and Ethiopia, and the history of the exchanges between the communities of the two countries. Houthis have utilized this vacuum of information to spread conspiracy theories about these IDPs to dehumanize them, to paint them out as terrorists, and to try to recruit them for the Marib offensive where hundreds of fighters on both sides have already been killed as a result of the escalation by the Houthis following their removal from the FTO list by the Biden administration.
The silence on this issue is not only due to ignorance; however, the same media that was all over the coverage of Black Lives matter riots and protests this past summer because that coverage advanced the agenda of creating an impression of systematic racism in Western countries, have ignored not only this particular massacre but all issues of racism and sectarianism in the non-Western world and the Middle East, in particular the Houthi racism, their discrimination among tribes and hatred of anyone who is not Houthis, as well as their slogan of Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to Jews, which makes their racism against groups of different skin color, ethnicity, or religion, in general, less surprising. Unfortunately, the failure to give voice and face to those killed and injured has made it difficult to push this story in a compelling, understandable, and credible way.
While the images of the burned corpses have been shocking to the conscience, to reach a Western audience, their story needs to be told as individuals with their families, histories, hopes, and dreams. These people had potential – perhaps they could have contributed to their society, but never had a chance, forced into camps and isolate in the territories under Houthi controlled where even regular Yemenis who live there are dehumanized and have no voice or rights.
Houthis are a growing ideological threat far beyond the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia; they have taken their racist ideology and promoted it through “cultural centers” and activism in the United States; the same political operatives and human rights activists who regularly express outrage about domestic issues and accuse Americans of systematic racism and the Arab Coalition of human rights abuses, take these racist ideologues at their word and promote them and their ideology.
I wish I could also be surprised or disappointed at the silence of the major international human rights NGOs, but in reality, they will only criticize Iran proxies when it fits their agenda, and never to the extent that it challenges their larger political agenda of promoting political engagement and diplomacy with Iran. For the same reason, the Biden administration, despite its claims of concern about human rights, has ignored and excused Houthi terrorism and abuses and removed them from the FTO listing under the excuse of not wishing to exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Yemen, when in reality the Houthis are the ones who created this humanitarian disaster, to begin with.
Biden’s agenda in promoting the return to nuclear talks with Iran makes him take steps that only encourage and enable Houth violence and terrorism, and the more they are appeased the more they escalate and succeed at recruiting followers because they are seen as passionate about their cause, legitimately dedicated, fearless, and undeterred from achieving victory.
We see that the administration and Western powers have a reason to ignore such stories and episodes of unprovoked violence because they want Iran and Houthis to prevail; we see that from their actions in pushing UN-brokered talks even though the Houthis have violated all previous ceasefires and agreements and have no interest in legitimate peaceful engagement; the idea is to try to push the Arab Coalition out of Yemen so it could be completely taken over by Houthis and Iran, they want those forces to prevail and are openly supportive of them, even though they share a totalitarian ideology with some of the worst actors in history – Nazis, Stalinists, Maoists, and extremists of every stripe.
They wish to see Iran become a dominant force in the Middle East, because they see Iran as a sympathetic counterpart to their vision of the world, and sympathize with Iran’s revolutionary politics and worldview. At the same time, Yemen activists and their allies and friends are making the mistake of not reaching out to a broader audience among regular Americans who can be moved by human rights issues even in faraway places, as we have seen Houthis succeeded in advancing their view of their story and appealing to emotions, but it has been done effectively by telling the whole story, and not just give brief glimpses of the situation.
We have to hear from the families of those who suffer and those who are injured, have them come to the US and Europe and speak on campuses, connect to smaller more genuine human rights groups, even the BLM supporters, just as much as speaking directly to the politicians and making it difficult for them to make excuses for self-serving silence, inaction, or lies about the situation and their policies.
This perceived one-sided story gives Houthis an excuse to escalate and makes them appear to be in the right and to cover up their horrible crimes.