Islamic Apartheid: Slavery

Israel Apartheid Week has come and gone this year on many American campuses. It was, of course, a hoax: However much Arabs in Israel suffer, and whoever is to blame for it, there is no apartheid in Israel.

Meanwhile, however, in Sudan and Mauritania, racist Arab societies enslave blacks. Today. Most of the slaves are African Muslims. Yet there is no Arab Apartheid Week on American campuses. Why not?

One might think American student activists would be upset about Mauritania, the West African country with the largest population of black slaves in the world – estimates range from 100,000 to more than a half-million. In Mauritania, slaves are used for labor, sex and breeding. The wholly owned property of their masters, they are passed down through generations, given as wedding gifts or exchanged for camels, trucks, guns or money.

Surely, life is not so good in a Palestinian refugee camp – no matter who is to blame, but it’s undeniably a whole lot worse for Mauritanian slaves. According to a Human Rights Watch/Africa report, routine punishments for slaves in Mauritania – for the slightest fault – include beatings, denial of food and prolonged exposure to the sun, with hands and feet tied together. More serious infringement of the master’s rule (in American slave-owning parlance, “getting uppity”) can lead to prolonged tortures known as “the camel treatment,” in which the slave’s body is slowly torn apart; the “insect treatment,” in which tiny desert insects are inserted and sealed into the ear canal until the slave is driven mad; and “burning coals,” a torture not fit to describe in a family newspaper. Perhaps the reason for silence on campuses about these things is that the story of black slaves and their Arab masters remains unknown there. It would, of course, be a sensitive topic: slavery has existed in Mauritania since the 12th century, when Arab tribes from the Arabian Peninsula invaded and conquered North Africa. Raiders then stormed African villages to the south, pillaging, enslaving and converting the indigenous peoples to Islam. While the Koran forbids the enslavement of fellow Muslims, just as in the West, in North Africa racism trumped religious doctrine. The descendants of those Arab invaders are today’s slave owners. The descendants of those captured as slaves in jihad raids are in human bondage today. These are, then, black Muslim slaves – who, for racist reasons, aren’t allowed to touch the Koran with their black hands, who can’t marry without their owners’ permission, and whose children belong to the master.

Not all blacks in Mauritania are slaves. But all are oppressed by Arab colonialism. (You might even call the Arabs in North Africa “settlers,” if you wanted to be testy.) Arab Berbers (or “White Africans”) constitute less than a third of Mauritania’s population of 3.5 million people, but they control the government and military, as well as the education and the court systems.

I interviewed Saidou Wane, a Mauritanian immigrant who lives in Cincinnati and speaks regularly on behalf of the Movement for Justice and Equality in Mauritania (MJEM). Saidou reports that the Mauritanian regime is constantly working to cleanse the country of any non-Arab influence. The state recognizes only Arabic as an official language, refuses to acknowledge the local African languages (Wolof, Fulani, Soninke), and allows only French and Arabic in school curricula. In other cases, this would easily be termed “cultural cleansing.”

Indeed, it might be even worse than apartheid: The government has expropriated land owned by black Africans through expulsion and dispossession. An ethnic cleansing campaign that began in 1989 led to the expulsion of an estimated 100,000 blacks from Mauritania. The government and army were purged of black officers. Amnesty International reported that thousands of blacks were killed, and many tortured, while hundreds of African villages in the south were demolished.

Mauritania holds the distinction of being the last nation on earth to legally abolish slavery, which it did, with no mechanisms of enforcement, in 1981. Slavery was not criminalized until 2007, but to date there has been only one single conviction.

Why hasn’t any of this been addressed by Western governments? For one, the Mauritanian regime, once a supporter of Saddam Hussein, has ingratiated itself with the United States and Europe through promises to help fight al-Qaida. And then in December 2012, in a move that defined it as the morally bankrupt institution it is, the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council elected Mauritania as its vice president and rapporteur.

What about the silence of Western progressives? I call it the “human-rights complex:” The cases that the rights groups focus upon are not determined by the nature, extent or degree of suffering by the victims, but rather by the identity of those thought to be the oppressors. Think about it: Most human-rights advocates in the West are decent, middle-class whites who are defensive about past Western sins – slavery, colonialism, racism. Their activism is a matter of personal identity. They act to be exonerated, to be seen as innocents, guiltless, not like the “bad white” exploiters. They march under the banner of “Not in My Name.”

Anti-Israel propagandists have inverted reality in the minds of many of these people: Jews have been transformed from last century’s stateless, Asiatic, non-Europeans, to whites with power who behave badly toward innocent, impoverished, indigenous, darker-skinned people. This is precisely the taint that many “rights activists” wish to avoid: “people who look like us, behaving badly.” (That’s why whiteimposed apartheid in South Africa was treated as a bigger crime than Arab slaving and genocidal massacres of blacks in North Africa.)

Israel Apartheid Week – and the absence of Arab Apartheid Week – have nothing to do with external realities, or actual suffering but are the psychodramatic results of miseducated, manipulated, guilt-ridden, American middle-class youth. The biggest victims here, of course, are those oppressed by non-Westerners (women, gays, Christians, blacks, and other minorities in the Muslim realm) who cannot break through the fog of political correctness to reach the good but blinded souls of American students on campus.

In 2012, CNN reporters interviewed Moulkheir Yarba, who escaped her master after he raped her, fathered her child and then left the baby to die in the Sahara Desert – to teach her to “work faster.”

If Moulkheir could understand how America, a nation of abolitionists, has so enchained itself with political correctness, and become so blinded to her plight, she would weep. As should we.

Watch the American Anti-Slavery Group’s video of a remarkable Passover celebration. Joseph Polak, a prominent rabbi from Boston, shared the Jewish tradition of remembering slavery with 175 just emancipated slaves in southern Sudan:

Dr. Charles Jacobs is the president of, an American Anti-Slavery Group that is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day human bondage and to promoting a non-politicized, bias-free human rights community.

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  • Mary Sue

    Oh yeah, because according to Identity Politics, only Whitey can be the Oppressor, as if United States and Europe = The World. If it's "brown peoples" (such as arab berbers) doing it, it becomes the Oppression Olympics and thus the "brown peoples" (muslim arabs) are let off the hook.

  • Chezwick

    Islamic Apartheid is certainly not confined to slavery. Legalized discrimination against non-Muslims and women rounds out the equation. It SHOULD be the cause celebre of every socially-conscious Leftist in the Western world, but instead it's not even on their radar. They have bigger fish to fry (Israel, America, Western civ)…which is incontrovertible evidence that the "moral high-ground" supposedly occupied by the Left is a complete and utter charade….and yet such is their capacity for self-delusion that they believe in it whole-heartedly.

    • EthanP

      Jew hatred will always trump.

  • Michael Copeland

    “Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality”, Obama’s Cairo speech.
    We see how limited those possibilities are. Islam has never abolished slavery.

  • AdinaK

    Shariah Law mandates "infidel" slave ownership, and this is a fact. Not only that, but history has been turned upside its head, as it expunges any mention of Islamic slave ownership!

    Therefore, westerners are obligated to lift the scales and tell the truth, about the "religion of peace" –

    The link's embedded policy paper rips off the Islamic mask, once and for all!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • EthanP

    Sui Genaris: The unique standards Israel is held too. No other nation or people is held to these often contradictory standards. No other explaination is required.

  • Mark

    Every word of the article is true. It's time to organize Arab anti-apartheid and anti-slavery week on every college campus in America. Why haven't conservative American's done this? It needs to be done here and in Europe as well. It needs to be done now. Put your money and time where your mouth is.

  • esperanto

    Here is more on the subect:

    "African and Muslim Intellectual Tidiane N’Diaye’s Denunciation of Muslims Enslaving Africans in his Book “The Veiled Genocide”


    Check out:

    "Debate between Michael Licona and Yusuf Ismail on “Did Jesus die by Crucifixion in the 1st Century?”


    "Video by Christian Jay Smith where he Shows Most of the “Innocence of Muslims” Film Content is Based on Real Muslim Sources"

  • joe

    Everything taught in US about slavery is pretty much false.

    Over 2 million Irish ,Scottish ,British and Welsh people were sold as slaves in America.
    According to Henry Louis Gates Jr only 450,000 African slaves were brought to the US.
    Most of the 42 million members of the African-American community today descended from a tiny group of less than half a million Africans.

    Muslim slavery is incomparable because they enslaved EVERYONE that was non muslim. They still do. Tehran,Baghdad ,Indonesia ,Jordan ,Iran,Saudi Arabia and all muslim African areas have slavery.They are the largest purchasers of kidnapped white women with a large market in muslim Cyprus.

    Iraqi women that fled the Iraq War were trafficked abroad to countries like Syria, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Iran.

    American blacks don't care. Slavery to them is a political and economic tool,period.

    The Quoke Walker case in Massachusetts 1773 ruled that; slavery contrary to the state Constitution was applied equally to Blacks and Whites in Massachusetts.

    Statutes at Large of Virginia, vol. 1 pp. 174, 198, 200, 243 & 306 did not discriminate Negroes in bondage from Whites in Bondage.

    “The sources of racial thought in Colonial America pertaining to slave trade worked both directions with white merchandise as well as black.”
    The Journal of Negro History #52 pp.251-273

    Thomas Burton recorded in his Parliament Diary 1656-1659 vol. 4 pp. 253-274 a debate in the English Parliament focusing on the selling of British whites into slavery in the New World. The debate refers to whites as slaves ‘whose enslavement threatened the liberties of all Englishmen.’

    Slavery was instituted in 1627 in the British West Indies. The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series of 1701 records 25,000 slaves in Barbados in which 21,700 were white slaves.
    Cromwell's Proclamation of 1625
    Register for the Privy Council of Scotland, third series, vol. 1, p 181, vol. 2, p 101.
    Colonial Office, Public Records Office, London 1667, no. 170
    Lewis Cecil Gray’s History of Agriculture in the Southern United States to 1860 vol.1 pp 316- 318
    Patrick F. Moran ,Pages 343 through 346 of Historical Sketch of the Persecutions Suffered by the Catholics of Ireland.
    Life and Labor in the Old South ,Pp 25-26,Ulrich B. Phillips
    Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 (Early Modern History) by Robert C. Davis (Nov 4, 2004)
    White Gold by Giles Milton (May 9, 2005)

  • LindaRivera

    The heart screams out to God in horror and anguish. The enslaved are people You sent into the world God. You are our HERO, forever God. You are the God Who cares. Your forgiveness is astonishing. Your LOVE is amazing. Your Mercy and Goodness are beyond words to express.

    God conveys what He wants for ALL people He LOVINGLY created:

    Bible: Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 Eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart…Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life…for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

    Islam seeks to STEAL all the wonderful and good things that God seeks to give us. Human rights, freedom and safety.

    God, the Just Judge, WARNS that the cruel things that people have done will be given back to them in eternity.

    Bible, Proverbs 12:14 The deeds of a man's hands will return to him.

    Who will dare to make WAR against the HOLY ONE and against the eternal Laws of our Awesome, Magnificent, Wonderful Creator?

    Bible, Exodus 21:16 He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.


    Our Majestic and Most Precious Almighty God has promised in the Bible, a safe, peaceful future where the evil ones will never again hurt another human being. Bible, Jeremiah 1:12 I am watching over My word to perform it.

  • jerome

    where is that renowned south african bigot bishop desmond tutu when you really need him . oh i forgot he is too busy scrawling out diatribes against jews and israel ……

    • defcon 4

      Tutu is a "Christian" hypocrite and scumbag, not that there aren't plenty of the same right here in the USA.


        Tutu should go to Syria and use his influence to stop the killing – but he doesn't because he can't blame Jews or Israel for the carnage.

  • JacksonPearson

    "Meanwhile, however, in Sudan and Mauritania, racist Arab societies enslave blacks. Today. Most of the slaves are African Muslims."

    Ridiculous and outrageous, yet, where are the NAACP, Jesse and Al? The silence from them are deafening?

  • Ghostwriter

    What's going on in Mauritania makes Apartheid-era South Africa seem almost not as bad,and I MEAN almost.

  • Peter

    Here is a debate on peace and violence where jay Smith gets completely slaughtered in Cape Town

    Check it out