Jewish group march for Darfur

Category: Diaspora
Published on Monday, 08 June 2009 04:21
Written by The New Sudan Vision NSV
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Los Angeles (NSV) - Jewish groups in Los Angeles sponsored the annual walk for Darfur held on Sunday.  A group of about 2000 people gathered to rally  for Darfur in a three-mile walk to both raise awareness and money for Darfur camps, Los Angeles Times reported.

Addressing the crowd, Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim told the crowd that the promise made about the holocaust should be kept. He referred to this  as a 'promise' to 'ancestors.' 

Darfur has become a very hot topic with critics fearing that what happened in Nazi Germany and Rwanda is about to happen again in Darfur. The protesters that included Sudanese and American carried signs such 'stay strong' and 'the killers will be brought to justice soon.'  Other signs included 'Save Darfur' and 'Never Again: now.'

The rallies are meant to both raise funds and awareness towards the problem in Darfur.

The insurgency in Darfur started in 2003 when black Africans in Darfur took up arms against the Sudanese government as a result of increased marginalization. The fight is claimed to have killed about 300, 000 and displaced more than 2.5 two million people.

While the Sudanese government accuses Jewish groups and Israel as behind the problems in Darfur, the effort to help the Darfur people is steered by Jewish groups who don't want the past repeated in Darfur.