Crocodile tears for Gaza can’t hide Ethiopia crimes By Admasu Belay

August 1st, 2014 Print Print Email Email

In recent days, our facebook and twitter accounts have been crowded with sympathy for the Palestine people massacred and killed by Israeli rockets. But what is sickening is some of these tears are coming from TPLF supporters in social media. It is shocking how these TPLF supporters in America and Europe sympathize with Gaza victims but ignore the massacre of their Oromo countrymen in Ambo! Where was the outcry when dozens of Oromo Ethiopians were shot by live bullets to the head by the TPLF commandos? Where were the tears when Thousands of Ethiopians in every corner of our country were killed during elections the last 20 years?

For the record, all Ethiopians i know oppose the killing of innocent Palestine women and children. We Ethiopians also oppose cowardly acts by Hamas/Palestine soldiers hidding inside mosques and markets to use innocent civilians as human shield. Just like TPLF was using tigrayan civilians as shield during its guerrila war against Mengistu…and Just like ONLF has been exploiting somali civilians as human shield during its war against TPLF….what hamas is doing today is also a crime. But Still, the huge number of thousands of Palestine civilians and children blown up to pieces by the Israeli bombs outweighs all crimes! This is the common stance of all Ethiopians. The massacre in Gaza must stop.

However, if you are a TPLF supporter, you have no moral authority to sympathize with Palestines in Gaza! If you are TPLF supporter, you have no humane or ethical foundation to condemn the killings in Gaza, while you ignore the killings in Ethiopia!

For those TPLF supporters who preach development, the existance of economic change and the construction of a few tall buildings in Ethiopia, can NOT excuse the murder of Ethiopians! Even in the Gaza region under conflict, some places do have economic development. Actually the GDP per-capita income in Gaza is over $3,000 per person compared to under $1,000 per person for Ethiopians ruled by TPLF regime. No matter the economics, Nobody should justify mass murder by showing few dollars of investment or buildings.

The only solution to the crisis in Ethiopia is democracy and freedom for all. Those who engage in violence are always scared of the people and their voice. When Addis Ababa and Ethiopia rejected dictatorship and tribalism in the 2005 national election, TPLF decided to kill voters to stay in power.

Those TPLF supporters in the Diaspora today should know better. Stop ignoring the suffering of Ethiopians! It is time that you Stop supporting a dictatorship. Stop blaming others and scapegoating. You know better! You are a beneficiary of western higher education and you have enjoyed freedom of expression and democracy in the West. You have seen and you know better. You have seen how (let alone murder) even just an injury to one American life leads to multi-million dollar lawsuits. One person mistakenly killed by a police in America becomes international news that shames the US government. So How can you ignore your Ethiopian brothers and sisters being massacred by police in broad daylight? You have seen how one human life is valued in America and Europe. It is time to value the life of your fellow Ethiopians! You can do better! Don’t show fake sympathy for Gaza while you support the massacres in Ethiopia. Do not fool yourself and most of all, you can not fool anybody! You know better. Ethiopia and Ethiopians deserve better!

  1. Belachew Ahun
    | #1

    The Ethiopian regime is going to make sure that it stays in power no matter what the cost. The value of human life and liberty to a group that had been engaged in atrocities for the last forty years (17+23), is a way of life and hard to depart from.

  2. ሽቭግ
    | #2

    እማይመሳሰል ነገር አታመሳስሉ – እንደ ኢትዮጵያዊነታቹ እንዲሁም እንደ አፍሪካዊነታቹ አፓርታይድን መለየት አያቅታችሁም ባይ ነኝ – ነገር ግን የጋዛ ህዝብን ጭፍጨፋ ከሃገራችን ፖለቲካ ጋር ማመሳሰል irresponsible journalism ወይም reporting ይባላል.

  3. Muhumad
    | #3

    I would like to remind the author you can’t justify both sides. It is barbaric what the Israelis are doing in Gaza and there is no what is called a human shield that justify an scourged earth policy against civilians – women and children – and remember it’s any regimes claim when they kill civilians indiscriminately that the other side used them as a human shield, don’t fall into that unacceptable claim.

    One more, Remeber Ogaden is a vast area and there no human concentration that can provide a human shield for ONLF. If you are against the Woyane regime don’t justify there crimes agains the Ogadenians.

  4. mumme
    | #4

    I know ethiopian regime is doing crime against it people, but before you write article you need to professional and bring proof. Ogaden is large place and there is no place to hide.what the israeli doing is collective punshment. What we see is innocent thousand palstinan children and women. How on earth you compare this with hamas rocket hardly kill 1 person.

  5. gala
    | #5

    Why da hell do you compare two absolutely different situations, continents , countries and territories?? who the hell are you telling for whom i sympathies with. what kind of human are you telling me i shouldn’t be sad for Palestine coz i should be sad for oromo people first?? TEBAB

  6. Jebesa
    | #6

    Dear Admasu Belay there is one world wide general truth ”numbers wont lie” so here are the numbers…..
    -people died in oromo protest 17
    -People died in assosa protest 23
    -people died in Mombasa protest 1 month and half ago 78
    -people died in northern Kenya protest about land 32
    – people died in Egypt protests 3400
    -people died in Palestine till now 1600
    – people died on one single plane down 300
    – people died in israel with gaza problem 56
    -people died in US with gun violence with in the past one week 850
    Please tell me why do i give a dam about oromo more than anyone else?
    Oromo writers are still crying about minilik…. that means you gonna cry about the 17 people till the next century?

  7. habesha
    | #7

    Whoever write this article Tell us who pay u to write this and i think u never been in ethiopia for long time and u just diaspora who dont have life except to oppose EPDRF.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    @ Admasu Belay:

    “… all Ethiopians i know oppose the killing of innocent Palestine women and children. We Ethiopians also oppose cowardly acts by Hamas/Palestine soldiers hiding inside mosques and markets to use innocent civilians as human shield. …”

    First and foremost, I wonder how many of the nearly 92 million Ethiopians you know or who may have delegated you to speak on behalf of Ethiopians (“We Ethiopians …”). Say, I don’t agree with your conclusions; but I am a proud Ethiopian with Amhara dad and Oromo mom. I wonder how many years you already lived among Palestinians and Israelis either. Please DO NOT INDULGE yourself into an area or politics that you have barely any knowledge about.

    Do not mix Ethiopia~Oromia with Palestinian-Israeli issues either. You better confine yourself with your burning issue: Oromia. It is good to note that you finally started identifying yourself an Ethiopian and gave up the illusive country called Oromia. This possibly suggests that your wife was in Addis to register for the 60/40 Condominium Project while your stir the issue abroad.

  9. Michille
    | #9

    @ Admasu Belay:

    “… all Ethiopians i know oppose the killing of innocent Palestine women and children. We Ethiopians also oppose cowardly acts by Hamas/Palestine soldiers hiding inside mosques and markets to use innocent civilians as human shield. …”

    First and foremost, I wonder how many of the nearly 92 million Ethiopians you know or who may have delegated you to speak on behalf of Ethiopians (“We Ethiopians …”). Say, I don’t agree with your conclusions; but I am a proud Ethiopian with Amhara dad and Oromo mom. I wonder how many years you already lived among Palestinians and Israelis either. Please DO NOT INDULGE yourself into an area or politics that you have barely any knowledge about.

    Do not mix Ethiopia~Oromia with Palestinian-Israeli issues either. You better confine yourself with your burning issue: Oromia. It is good to note that you finally started identifying yourself an Ethiopian and gave up the illusive country called Oromia. This possibly suggests that your wife was in Addis to register for the 60/40 Condominium Project while your stir the issue abroad.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    @Muhumad

    ምታወራወን ነገር ገን ታውከዋለህ? ማለተም, እኔ እስከማከው ደረስ ያአንተ አመለካከት የ ኢስረአል አገዳደል ታክቲክ ናው እንጂ ህይዎት በሁለቱም ጎን ማለኩን አይደለም. ያሁኑ መንጊስት እያደረገ አለው ነገር, ቲክክል አይደለም, ለነ አመሪካ, ለነ አወሮፓ ያሉት አገራት ደኡን እያሰታ, የመትፎ ጎን እንዳይታወቅ ሂዝቦችሁን የገደላል. ከ መንጊስቱ ጋር ሚን አለያየው, ፈሪሃ እግጊዚአብሄር የ ሆነ ሃገር እንዲህ አደርጎ የ ጌይ ሃገር ሲሆን አቭኢኦድ ያደረገ.

  11. Jo
    | #11

    In my opinion the writer want to emphasize that killing is killing and it should be stopped. It is not the high number of fatality rate should only be considered, but it is the value we give for humanity. Till TPLF came to power I haven’t imagined that Derge was capable of killing more than two millions of our brothers and sisters. I wonder how many of us understand that we have lost many brothers and sisters already after TPLF took power. Are we still buying the numbers from ETV. For those of us who are twisting this message, it is only enough to dig how the massacre of Hawzen and Bedeno orchestrated by TPLF. Then we can be the good judge. It is not the numbers but the value of humanity that weighs more.

  12. Zelalem Abebe
    | #12

    Admasu Belay ,
    Your concern for Dedebit cadres to change heart about the on going robbery, killings of Ethiopians won’t be heeded. The fact is this. TPLFits are indoctrinated not to make sympathy to Ethiopian poor or accept democratic principle to solve the nation’s problem but to do their best to impose tribal apartheid against Ethiopians. They have already imposed modern slavery upon our people thanks to their advisors and colonial masters in particular Great Britain . My question for you is this. Are you really prepared to pay the price to liberate Ethiopians from TPLF apartheid or do you still believe to change the minds of Weyane Tigres through chat room talk? I don’t know about you But I am doing my best? Time is up for those who want to turn the clock back wards. The current situation and the movement to bring change in Ethiopia has its own dynamics. . Instead of complaining what the Weyane Tigres are commenting about Israel palestine conflict.Weyane tigre understands one thing alone a bullet in their nipples.Enough of this chat room politics. Remove weyane now by power and then Ethiopians will implement a democratic system.

  13. AMEN M. TSION
    | #13

    ARE THE POST DERGUE ETHNIC NATIONALIST PARTIES ALLIES OF THE POST
    FEUDO-MONARCHY CHAUVENIST PARTIES IN ETHIOPIAN POLITICS ?
    IT SEEMS SO SO FAR.
    DESPITE LOOKING OPPOSING AT EACH OTHER THESE TWO CAMPS ARE SAME
    AND ONLY EXACTLY THE SAME ON THEIR FINAL GOALS OR OBJECTIVES WHICH
    IS TO IMPLEMENT AND REPEAT THE POLITICAL COURSE THE COUNTRY HAS
    TRAGICALLY GONE THROUGH FOR OVE FIVE OR MORE DECADES ONE WAY OR THE
    OTHER. THEY ONLY DIFFER IN THE STRATEGY OF HOW TO IMMPLEMENT OR EXECUTE
    THIS REVISED IDEA IN A WAY TO MAKE IT MORE STRIGENT AND SEVERE THAN
    HOW THE HSI AND COL MENGISTUE EXECUTED IT.
    WHEN IT IS SEEN AND MEASURED VIS A VIS THE ASPIRATIONS AND FUTURE OUTLOOK
    OF THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY THIS TWO CAMPS AND THEIR IDEAS
    ARE WELL OVERDUE EXPIRED DUE TO THEIR RECLUSE POLITICAL CULTURE,DECAY
    AND REGRESSION WITH TIME.THEY HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THE BREAK
    AWAY WHICH IS THE BARE MINIMUM THRESHOLD REQUIREMENT TO MAKE THEM START
    A FRESH START IN A NEW POLITICAL CULTURE. THEY ARE SEVERELY SUFFERING
    FROM HANGOVER OF THEIR PAST DRUNKNESS UNABLE TO SOBER UP OR WAKE UP.
    TOO BAD………….THEY WILL BE LEFT TO HISTORY AND THROWN AWAY THIS
    WAY.
    EPRDF EITHER KNOWINGLY OR WITHOUT KNOWING HAVE HAD DROPED THE BALL
    AND THERE WAS AMPLE 23 YRS OPPORTUNE TIME OF POLITICAL VACUUM FOR
    ANY SANE AND PATRIOTIC FRONT TO FLOURISH AND SECURE ITS SPOT IN THE
    ETHIOPIAN POLITICAL FIELD. BUT UNFORTUNATELY BOTH CAMPS HAVE MISSED
    IT BIG TIME FOR LACK OF CORRECTLY READING EPRDF AND THE NEW POLITICAL
    CULTURE AND WERE VICTIMS OF THEIR OWN FOLLIES AND SELF INFLICTED WOUNDS
    AS A RESULT OF SELF BULLYING OR OUTSIDE BULLYING BOTH FOCUSING ONLY ON
    AN IMAGINARY OR REFRACTED REAL IMAGE OUT OF ITS PLACE.

  14. Fitih
    | #14

    It’s good to see some change in the minds of Ethiopians, but still it’s not good enough. Many of our citizens think that Israel is protecting the interest of God. The same way the Italians came up with the bible as a way of misleading people, the Israelis are doing the same. Israel is nothing but a colonizer. There was nothing called Israel before 1948. There were only Palestinians (Muslims, Christean and Jews). The same League of Nations that allowed the Italians to represent Ethiopians in international relations allowed the establishment of a new state by evicting the locals in their millions and replacing them with European Jews. Now, how on earth do you think this is a Godly thing to do? And, why should God be mentioned in international law where people are ruled by secular conventions? The truth is that Zionist Israelis didn’t care about God, they just knew they would be able to use it to manipulate gullible people. In conclusion, if you condemn Hamas or any Palestinian for being involved in any type of resistance, you should condemn our heroes who resisted the Italians in anyway.

  15. M. TSION
    | #15

    EPRDF has been under vicious attack for over 10 years
    on two fronts simultaneously :
    One from minority Tigrians lead tplf on one front
    and
    Two from minority Amharas lead CUD on the other .
    Both these minority lead groups have no any credible national agenda
    except the imposition of their sects sectarian minority agenda on the
    other or the rest of Ethiopian groups.
    While the secong group uses direct antagonistic mechanism and ways to
    negate ETHIOPIAN people’s EPRDF lead progressive agenda of change and
    transformation of its political culture; the first group considering
    itself the spoiled and preferable child undermines EPRDF lead positive
    changes from within ignorantly and unwittingly all to the benefit of
    Ethiopian peoples enemies helping the resurgence of defeated juntas
    and their defunct systems back and helping the re-appearance and re-
    surrecting their old systems that the Ethiopian people already defeated
    and throw it entirely behind its back.
    So while the first one is acting out of IGNORANCE the second group is
    acting out of smart fox tactics…..against Ethiopian progressive journey
    but all one way or the other adding together to a dead and futile END.
    The reason for me to say this is
    My observation and research of the last decade of ETHIOPIAN politics
    indicates that in an ironic twist of facts the FIRST group has completely
    copied and adopted the system of the pre 1991 WPE/DERGUE defunct system;
    And the SECOND group has completely adopted and mastered the erroneous
    tplf Nation nationalist narrow divisive ideas and using it with great
    discretion though their OFFICIAL PR tries in vain to portray different
    picture of themselves to the ETHIOPIAN masses.
    *****
    Amen@Inteligence Review Post

  16. matewos
    | #16

    I am pure ethiopian & i love her too much.i know how to express my love:i don’t believe in race,in corruption even i can give her my only life.but,when i see some diasporas they are real idiot and illitrate.still no one needs to fight the beurocracy and to grow together.rather they fight each other.i’m so sorry at you.

  17. wehabist
    | #17

    Why ze hell compare ze two incomparable situations. Though any body including me will feel sorry for Gaza civilian victims, 99% of ze guilt should forward to ze coweredy hamas. Zos lunatics fire rocket from hospitals cause zey r to afraid to face ze Israeli. Even if I will not oppose ze author call 4 democracy, bringing hamas ze extremist Islamic fanatic group @ ze middle iz so unpleasant.

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