Savagery against Ethiopians: Shame on you Saudis and Khalid bin Sultan Tecola W. Hagos

November 14th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

If anyone doubts the subhuman status of Saudis, the events of three days ago, which is still in process, leaves no rooms for such doubts. The Saudi Government sanctioned brutality against Ethiopians, irrespective of their visa status, is barbaric and beyond any legal justification. I watched a video of four or five uniformed Saudi men in army fatigue brutally attacking two Ethiopians in separate events in what seems to be a garage. There was no provocation or resistance from the Ethiopians they were just simply brutally attacked dashed on a concrete floor, even being pulverized with a mounted tire and possibly murdered. What is the point in such barbarity? I ask the abominable subhuman Saudis to explain their barbaric and murderous acts.

By contrast during that same period when Saudis and their savage Government were brutalizing defenseless Ethiopians, The Jerusalem Post by coincidence was championing the rights of immigrants (Ethiopian-Israelis) for equal treatment and urging all Israelis to live in harmony with the people that are not from within the community. Israel too has as many illegal immigrants in ratio to its population as Saudi Arabia and other Arab States, but Israel as a people will never act in such subhuman manner as the Saudis, for Jews are a moral people unlike Saudis whose moral content is no better than that of an amoeba. What a contrast between a civilized people like Israelis and a savage and barbaric people like the Saudis.

Of course, we must read the subtext in all this sudden unprecedented level of violence against a helpless group of people by Saudis and their Government. It is to be recalled a few months back the so called “Prince” more appropriately Pantagruel Khalid bin Sultan was raving and ranting about Ethiopia being a threat to Egypt because of the construction of the Great Renaissance Dam. I believe it is this same group of individuals that are behind the present brutality of the Saudi Government. The father of Khalid is Sultan bin Abdul Aziz one of the Seven brothers from the same mother, who is now dead, who was known for his corruption and unstable violent mind. His sons have inherited that characteristics and are feared and also mistrusted by the rest of the family members of the founder of the dynasty King Abdul Aziz Saud, the real Gargantuan. The present King Abdulla is from a different mother than Sultan and his six brothers. We must see the Sultan branch of the Saudi Dynasty as being rabid and particularly hostile to Ethiopia. We must also recognize the fact that there is power struggle going on right now within the Saud Family between King Abdulla and the Khalid bin Sultan group.

We Ethiopians are at war. I urge Ethiopians to drop this illusion that Saudis or other Arabs are our friends. No one in that deranged oil socked filthy area is our friend. The Saudis never contributed to human civilization. Most of the inhabitants of what is now called Saudi Arabia were just scavengers and desert dwellers involved in small time trade supported often with looting and robbery when they could on travelers who happen to be crossing the Negev Desert. It is the Ottoman Turks who brought to the area some order and a shadow of civilization before they were expelled as part of the Wests check on Ottomans domination in that part of the world. No wonder the Saudis are still savages and barbarians even though they may be driving around in Ferraris or flying in luxury jet liners. None of that is their work product, but the windfall petrodollar, for the sale of oil pumped from fields they claim to be theirs. Even that is done by foreigners. In fact, as far as Ethiopia is a target, things will get worse, for the next step the Arabs will try to cripple Ethiopia’s economic growth. All the scheme is to put pressure on the Ethiopian Government to give up its effort to use the Blue Nile water to generate hundreds of millions of dollars of income for Ethiopia in years ahead after the Great Renaissance Dam is completed.

Right now before we do anything else, however, it is imperative that we get all of our people to come home from Saudi Arabia posthaste and from all other Gulf States soon enough. I urge that we all keep records of events from news and videos on the atrocities committed against Ethiopians by Saudis and their Government. Even more so, the Ethiopian Government ought to keep detailed records and oral testimonies from victims. Medical examination of all victims including those raped must be done as soon as possible and all evidentiary material must be saved. In fact, the Ethiopia Government should establish a high caliber task force that will be completely devoted to the task of repatriating Ethiopians immediately and taking up also the task of collecting extensive evidence of the brutality committed by Saudis on Ethiopians.

The massive transportation could be done by leasing ocean liners as well as passenger planes. We should not worry about cost at all. A year’s gold yield that easily exceed a billion dollar from our gold mines could easily cover all that. I do not think Al’Amoudi will object to that having witnessed all the atrocities committed by his Saudi friends in high places. At the same time, the Ethiopian Government must start sending high level delegations to nations around the world in order to mobilize support for the form of excruciating suffering and humiliation born by thousands of our people in the hands of barbaric Saudis and their savage Government. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Islamic Ethiopian Conference, and all other religious organizations must participate in exposing the type of crime committed against Ethiopians by Saudis and the Saudi Government.

Right now, the most pressing life and death question is how to bring our brothers and sisters back home from Saudi Arabia. Demonstrations at Saudi Embassies around the world, even though highly appropriate, must not be our sole focus; let us do the intensive campaign through the internet posting videos of the savage beatings of Ethiopians and the life stories of those who are home already. The Ethiopian Government task is multifaceted and complex. I am not at this crisis point blaming or pointing fingers at any Ethiopian official. There will be plenty of time for that later. Instead, I urge all opposition leaders and all organizations to stand up by the side of the Ethiopian victims of Saudi brutality.

In doing so, I urge all concerned Ethiopians both in the Diaspora and at home in Ethiopia to refrain from attacking the Ethiopian Government at this point. I urge the Ethiopian Government to add manpower to the task at hand, which is monumental. It must systematically help fully all those who are repatriated. They should be promptly given accommodations in the tens of thousands available new apartments on a temporary basis. Jobs must be created around the nation to take in those that are brought home. The spirit of Ethiopiawenet must be the guiding light to all. I believe this is the opportune time to make drastic changes in the Ethiopian leadership, especially in our military command structure. Long Live Ethiopia and All of Her Beloved Children.

Tecola W. Hagos
November 13, 2013

  1. Iskinder
    | #1

    Arabs are subhuman and must pay the price for what they have done against Ethiopians!

  2. aha!
    | #2

    As Girum puts it Ethiopia and Ethiopians are not in a dichotomy between evil and good (righteous)leans towards morality, but rather a dichotomy between positive forces of integration with national agenda for unity territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians and the negative forces with ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism, leans towards a political paradigm that denies the silent majority its political and economic freedom by portioning Ethiopian land mass into ethnic enclaves, rather than leaving in tact the old provincial boundaries with assorted ethnic groups. The question I would ask in response to your response in #48 as etc. to which of these camps/modular perspectives all your articles including the current fall into. If you claim to adhere with the first camp/model, tarnishing the image of a sovereign leader will make matters worse, than the protest march you are telling them not to focus on to your solution of utilizing the fund from Al Hamoudi Gold mine instead of TPLF and TPLF/human trafficking enterprises. Is the TPLF/eprdf regime ready to receive them with accommodation and availability of jobs, let alone stand up for their human rights and dignity while in Saudi Arabia.

  3. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #3

    Obbo Abiy Adi:

    Thank you for your references. There are a few of such very brief documents telling about the slave trade to the Arabian Peninsula. But they are either brief or obscure. My trade is in the area of mechanics rather than history. Scholars like Obbo Tecola do possess both the training and years of experience in doing extensive research of historical events.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    Well, Tecola where is your credibility?
    There is no excuse for the Saudis, but how can you ask Ethiopians not to blame the brutal TPLF regime that have committed worse crimes on Ethiopia/ns than Saudis? For the last 25 years, Ethiopians have been witnessing TPLF committing shocking crimes against Ethiopia and Ethiopians much, much worse than the money worshiper Saudis. You can’t deny that TPLF have left Ethiopia landlocked, tracked down, chased out, harassed, incarcerated, beaten, humiliated, gunned down, massacred Gambelans, sterilized Amhara women without their consents(Genocide), robbed the country beyond our imaginations and sold Ethiopians as slaves. Let’s not forget the young Ethiopian teacher that set himself on fire and killed himself, because of the relentless TPLF harassment and human abuse.
    TPLF are making sure that the lives of Ethiopians is a Living-Hell in and outside of Ethiopia. Not only in Saudi, Ethiopian refuges are being harassed, beaten and thrown in jail in other African countries too.

  5. Dawi
    | #5

    The Saudis treat our people in a “barbarian” way.

    Some US congress officials in the past had called to adapt Mexico’s General Law of Population. The reason is it had a truly restrictive migration law therefore, allows the country with such restrictive law to abuse immigrants in a “barbarian” way.

    I have a feeling Ethiopia’s law is more restrictive than the Saudis as well. And that is probably why the Ethiopian Government is only complaining in a lukewarm fashion regarding the law; that is why the foreign minister is only “frustrated” and “depressed” in the war like manor and the speed of the crack down that caused the abusing, torching, killing and maiming of Ethiopian citizens but, nothing more.

    So until Ethiopia passes a less restrictive immigration law than the Saudis, the government’s officials hands are tied down to have the audacity of advising or fighting the Saudis “barbarian” way of cracking down on Ethiopian legal/illegal immigrants.

    The Professor probably knows that weakness already and the Ethiopian government official do not have a leg to stand on to call on the Saudis government to reform Saudi’s law because their own is probably worst.

    So, now we know why the two government look in collusion on the “barbarian” treatment of our people. Other wise, why would Ethiopian officials want to bring mostly semi skilled Ethiopians to come back home as some of you suggest? For what?

    The Kettle asked [[ @Dawi</a How do you define development?...]]

    Was it Bill Clinton that is known for the famous phrase ''It's the economy, stupid.'' :-)

    I as most sane people assume, for a POOR COUNTRY like ours, rapid economic growth would result directly in increasing well-being, welfare, happiness for citizens and therefore would lead to political success for the PARTY best able to deliver it. I think EPRDF is that party today. I think the rest for now is fluffy stuff.

  6. lula
    | #6

    Abiy,

    Ethiopia is obviously occupied by foreign mercenaries. If you look around the world, the trajectory of poor countries such as Ethiopia does not seem promising. It is obvious something is building up in the horn of Africa that will affect Ethiopia greatly. Me too it is perfectly orchestrated. This is to do experiment wht the reaction of Ethiopians will do. Remember they are attacking Ethiopians so that we react. If we have the ability to protect our selves then we must, otherwise I am afraid Ethiopia doesn’t have the abillity to fight the powerful interantional gorups. It then requires a great mind to think different option, faith and prayer. Dr. Tecola most likely knows that. the dividng of Ethiopains and Eritreans is not accident. Just look at the fact on the ground with what is going on in the world.

  7. Dawi
    | #7

    Ittu Aba Farda said:

    “what is your point?”

    I just didn’t like your digression. It was as bad as those who blame the government wholly under the sky.

    Ethiopians went to Saudi legally and illegally to earn a living on their own not as slaves. Some may have been misled and ended up in bad situation but many have faired well too. I am appalled that some here are complaining that the government tried to help create agencies to facilitate such travels to make it more accountable as something negative? Come again? I say with all its draw backs many may have benefited from that service.

    Having said that, African Americans were brought here as slaves. I have to assume you immigrated to the US voluntarily. I take your word of being an “Ethiopian American”; nice try but, we know your claim of being an “African American” is to qualify for that affirmative action job you hold!. :-) Who are you kidding?

    Seriously though what does the Ethiopian situation in Saudi Arabia today has to do with slavery?

    Ethiopians are poor but have always been independent. Our country has been a state for a very long time, longer than Britain and most of Europe. The Saudis were our subjects in the past. They were “barbarians” when we were one of the four powers in the 3rd century and minting our own currency. BTW, the Renaissance Dam is the symbol of Ethiopian renaissance to greatness.

    Pat Condell said, “If the Saudis couldn’t dig money straight out of the ground they will be starving today” LOL!

    Check his video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnLTHHpKl60

  8. hizb
    | #8

    @Tecola W. Hagos

    Shame on you Dr. Tecola. Shame Shame Shame.
    How many of the writers of the following articles are Shabians? Get the grip of the fact and better try to repent. You need to reassess your position instead of deflecting the cause of all these ailments. If one has to follow your thinking line that all Tigreans are “savage beasts – subhuman creatures”. That is what one can understand from the way Tigreans are administering the country starting from the time you serve the regime. Don’t preach that the killings, suppression, and favouritism of Tigreans is different while it is worst than the Arabs by any scale.
    You are shame to Tigreans and Ethiopians. Children analyze better than you.

    -============-

    How long can Ethiopians treat the symptoms, and not the root-causes?
    By Kibru Demeke
    November 19, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5236.htmlሇ

    ወንጀሇኛው ማነው? (Who is the Criminal?)
    ቴዎድሮስ አበበ
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/manaw_wonjelegnaw.pdf

    The tragic saga of Ethiopians in Arab lands
    By Neamin Zeleke
    November 19, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5233.html

    I always remember in November and in…
    By Alemayehu G Mariam
    November 18, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5228.html

    Saudi Arabia: The kingdom of shame
    By Tedla Asfaw
    November 18, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5232.html

    Wounded in Addis, finished off in Riyadh
    By Ephrem Madebo
    November 18, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5229.html

    The kingdom from hell
    By Yilma Bekele
    November 17, 2013
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/13report/5226.html

  9. hizb
    | #9

    Dr. Tecola hagos

    Anywhere in the world let alone in Arab countries, there is no comparison of Tigrean/TPLF government’s “inhuman acts of brutality and savagery” committed against Ethiopians in Ethiopia. This is a fact. Ask the Oromos, Amharas, Somalis, Gambellas,…. even Tigres that are suffering in their country to this day.

    You have to know that no sensible person believes you hiding the reality behind the suffering of Ethiopians in ME and try to whitewash your accomplices’ horrendous crimes that are still perpetuated by your Tigreans inside Ethiopia. Find your fools to spread your hatred and animosity somewhere else.

  10. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #10

    Dawi:

    Apparently you have not been reading my comments on this and other websites. Above all, my conversation was with this Honorable Gentleman, Obbo Tecola. You are coming into the conversation I shot at Obbo Tecola uninvited. And you went on to calling me names. That is not our culture and is considered out of line. May be if you read my comment to him again and again will help. For now, I have better things to do. Take care and bye

  11. truth
  12. Wonder-Ad
    | #12

    Sir, your plea to save the woyanne regime from accountability in these horrendous crimes against fellow Ethiopians is shameful. The woyannes are peddlers and collaborators in the crimes. I am certain that the thousand times more atrocities committed by the woyannes against their own people perhaps is not lost to you neither, unless you are having selective amnesia. If you truly believe people who commit such horrendous crimes against innocent civilians are barbaric, that is not only accurate description for the Saudis but also for the woyannes – only thousand times more!

  13. The #1 enemy of Ethiopia
    | #13

    Dawi,
    Please stop talking on both sides of your mouth. TPLF don’t care to what happen to Ethiopians. The Ethiopian(TPLF) Embassy have never shown a concern when young Ethiopian women dragged on the streets and kidnapped and found killed. The TPLF Embassy never say a word when that young Ethiopian woman scorched with boiling water. Never show care when other young Ethiopian women found hanged and some murdered on the streets and so on. Your barbarian TPLF masters are not any better than the barbarian Saudi Arabians. In fact, besides TPLF being master manipulators, looters and selling the country, TPLF have been treating the law abiding Ethiopians inhumanly and have been spilling the blood of Ethiopians for the last 22 years in every part of Ethiopia. TPLF are the number one reason why Ethiopians decide to leave their motherland and risk their lives in an unknown country and culture. Unfortunately and sadly, the despair Ethiopians that left Woyane-Hellhole, find themselves in Arabic-Hellhole. God is watching and this also shall pass!

  14. The #1 enemy of Ethiopia
    | #14

    Dawi take a note. This is how people that have good logic, commonsense and conscience act and think.

    Racism and Hate Running Through the Streets
    Ethiopian Migrants Victimized in Saudi Arabia
    by GRAHAM PEEBLES

    “Ethiopian Governments Negligence

    …Whilst thousands of its nationals are detained, beaten, killed and raped, the Ethiopian government hangs its negligent head in silence in Addis Ababa, does not act to protect or swiftly repatriate their nationals, and criminalises those protesting in Addis Ababa against the Saudi actions…”
    Read more:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/22/ethiopian-migrants-victimized-in-saudi-arabia/

  15. 26/53
    | #15

    Dawi :
    The Saudis treat our people in a “barbarian” way.
    Some US congress officials in the past had called to adapt Mexico’s General Law of Population. The reason is it had a truly restrictive migration law therefore, allows the country with such restrictive law to abuse immigrants in a “barbarian” way.
    I have a feeling Ethiopia’s law is more restrictive than the Saudis as well. And that is probably why the Ethiopian Government is only complaining in a lukewarm fashion regarding the law; that is why the foreign minister is only “frustrated” and “depressed” in the war like manor and the speed of the crack down that caused the abusing, torching, killing and maiming of Ethiopian citizens but, nothing more.
    So until Ethiopia passes a less restrictive immigration law than the Saudis, the government’s officials hands are tied down to have the audacity of advising or fighting the Saudis “barbarian” way of cracking down on Ethiopian legal/illegal immigrants.
    The Professor probably knows that weakness already and the Ethiopian government official do not have a leg to stand on to call on the Saudis government to reform Saudi’s law because their own is probably worst.
    So, now we know why the two government look in collusion on the “barbarian” treatment of our people. Other wise, why would Ethiopian officials want to bring mostly semi skilled Ethiopians to come back home as some of you suggest? For what?
    The Kettle asked [[ @Dawi</a How do you define development?...]]
    Was it Bill Clinton that is known for the famous phrase ”It’s the economy, stupid.” :-)
    I as most sane people assume, for a POOR COUNTRY like ours, rapid economic growth would result directly in increasing well-being, welfare, happiness for citizens and therefore would lead to political success for the PARTY best able to deliver it. I think EPRDF is that party today. I think the rest for now is fluffy stuff.

    First of all I thank you for telling us your view regarding development. But I absolutely don’t agree with you. The phrase you quoted here shows your shallow understanding of the issue. First you used it out of context. Second the party you adore has shamed itself first by showing its inability to manage the resources, which is the skeleton of the development of the country,_is it hidden from you the flight of the country’s youth , the backbone of the country, if not in hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands out of the country in search of employment …? How about the lease of the fertile lands to foreigners for several years for dimes (per hectare as some put it)? I stop here …Read more the abc of economics…then only then you might contribute to the well being of your country.

  16. Abiy
    | #16

    [lula],

    I completely agree with you about seeking the LORD through prayer. There is no doubt, in my mind the forces that have been hovering over the Ethiopian horizon for the past few decades are spiritual in their nature. Viewed as such, the enemies of Ethiopia are primarily invisible forces, and they can push back through prayer and guidance received from the LORD. Therefore I truly support your idea about approaching the LORD through prayer and seeking his mind. In the mean time the LORD would have us to be involved actively to make difference in the life of the frail and weak among us. Beside prayer, we really need to come together to defend our dignity. I believe raising arms in defiance against brute TPLF is our natural right.

    Until the eve of 1992 Ethiopians enjoyed national sovereignty and independence.

    We know national sovereignty and self-reliance is the anti-thesis to the mantra of globalism and one world government.

    Ethiopia is one of the few oldest nations along with Persia, Egypt who solitarily escaped foreign domination. That is because, among other things, the bygone generation of our fore fathers possesses a different spirit. Added, our, suspicions’ of foreigners no doubt have helped to check the motives and aspirations of foreigners. However, since TPLF was placed at the center Addis by the powers to be, Ethiopia is administered by U.N agencies. No matter we look at it the only solution to the problem at hand, beside prayer, is to rise up and fight our common enemy. That means we the people need to launch a campaign to solicit material help from our traditional friends such as south Africa, Zembabwe, and Israel now. One of the reasons the government is still in control is because the people have no means to fight. This is one area that we need work together more than before to close this gap.

  17. Dawi
    | #17

    26/53 said:

    [[._is it hidden from you the flight of the country’s youth , the backbone of the country, if not in hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands out of the country in search of employment …? How about the lease of the fertile lands to foreigners for several years for dimes (per hectare as some put it)? I stop here …Read more the abc of economics…then only then you might contribute to the well being of your country..]].

    If you show me an alternative developmental scheme that can move us faster than the Meles vision in the economics arena I am all ears.

    Otherwise I have already mentioned Mexico has the most emigrants in the world and they are Upper-middle income economy however, more than 11% of Mexico’s native population lives abroad. The flight for better wages especially if you live near by an Oil rich economy or a developed first world shouldn’t shock any one.

    Recent Bloomberg news told us the “lease of fertile lands” in Ethiopia has turned to a complete fiasco. What “fertile land” are you talking about? If anything Karuturi & others were “duped” by Woyane if you ask me.

    “Ruchi Agri Plc, also based in Mumbai, obtained 25,000 hectares in Gambella. After three years, its growing soya beans on 1,000 hectares and has cleared another 2,000 hectares of scrub at a cost of $1,500 a hectare, Technical Manager Rameshsingh Pardesi said in an interview. If all goes to plan, the operation may become profitable by 2020, he said.”

    ” Hunan Dafengyuan from China, which took a lease to grow sugarcane on 25,000 hectares in Gambella, have had their lease cancelled, according to Keeley.”

    “Eighty percent of the Bangalore-based company’s land in the southwestern Gambella region is in a flood plain, meaning its 100,000-hectare (247,100-acre) concession is inundated by the Baro River for up to seven months of the year, according to Managing Director Ramakrishna Karuturi. The company was unaware of the extent of the flooding when it leased the land, he said.”

    Cheers!

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