Since there is no such thing as a Pan-African culture, there cannot be several several of them either, there are African cultures, which of course my share commonalities, in varying degrees, with other African cultures with which they interact, but the very term Pan-African is political not cultural.
It looks to me like we agree with each other perfectly then. There's no such thing as Pan-African culture. Like I said. Twice. In my posts. WE AGREE WITH EACH OTHER.
So. No racism in Israel then.
No, it's not that there's no racism in Israel, it's that Israel is not inheretly or fundamentally racist; some people there are racist, just like in any normal population, most are not. From my experience, racism is much less pronounced there than in most Western countries.
[article from the Washington Report]
The notoriously anti-Israeli Washington Report, of which it is said that this is where old State Department Arabists go to die, but nevermind.
The spillt blood scandal was caused by the fear public health civil servants had of the high incidence of AIDS in Africa, which is a legitimate and easily understandable fear.
According to surveys done by the Jewish agency, many Jews in Ethiopia had actually a low incidence of HIV due to the relative isolation of their settlements (the proportions increase though for those who spent long time in Ethiopian refugee camps). But due to the usual bureaucratic miscommunications, the Israeli public health authorities were not duly informed. So they decided to get rid of the blood for fear of contamination but didn't tell the donors so not to hurt their feelings. Given that little remains a secret for long in such a small country, the Ethiopian Jewss naturally felt hurt once learning of it, hence some public expressions of anger, which is understandable too.
That scandals such as these happen is to be expected (nowhere did I describe the situation as idyllic), yet it's very mild in comparison to the problems experienced by the Sefaradim/Mizrahim in the 50s and 60s, which still looked like a garden party in comparison to what is called communal riots in places like Pakistan.
The Jews and Muslims of North Africa did not get on just fine (although it might have looked that way to the Muslims as long as they were running the show), and while it wasn't as bad as in Europe at the time, it
[snip: Muslims is bad folks, etc.]
How easily you put words in my post, which weren't there to begin with. No, it's not that Muslims is bad folks, it's simply that under Muslim rule in North Africa, Jews had an inferior status, and suffered from persecutions, although it looked benign in comparison to the persecutions suffered by their brethren in Europe.
If you weren't following, let me reiterate:
Algeria was under French rule from 1830 to 1962, that is French rule as in not Muslim rule. And it was annexed to the republic and then governed as Provence or Burgondy were (and they grew some fine wine in Algeria too) and Algerian Jews have been enjoying full French citizenship from 1870 to 1940 and then from 1945 till now (the hiatus of the Vichy status for the Jews having been extended in Algeria until the end of the war as part of the conditions of surrender of the Algiers Vichystes).
So what your friend actually described to you was in fact the pleasant togetherness experienced under French colonial rule.
It all ended in 1962, when De Gaulle handed Algeria to the F.L.N. on a plate, resulting with the immediate expusion from Algeria of all non-Muslims as well as of those Muslims who sided with France (the Harkis) or who had acquired French citizenship.
While I believed at the time that Algerian independence as inévitable et même souhaitable, I thought it would be a disaster to give it to the far-left nationalists of the F.L.N. and that France should have taken example from the Brits in Malaya and Borneo: winning militarily against the guerilla while preparing for a more sound local regime to which the country was to be handed over. All bygones now.
Part of my extended family had lived in North Africa, Algeria included, so this is a matter I'm rather familiar with.
I told you I don't care the least about whether there are cultural aspects to the occurences of cannibalism or not, it's an atrocity which has to be stopped, period.
Other than that I have no sensibilty whatsoever to local cultures when it comes to uprooting atrocious practices, which need to be dealt in the way the British Raj dealt with the practice of suttee, just in case you'd ask.
How easily suggestible you are to infer things from what isn't really there.
That those African countries couldn't overcome the economic difficulties which arose from the mid-1970s crisis, with the same measure of success as some East Asian countries did, doesn't have to do with any sort of in-built African inability for self-government (sic) as you put it.
They had simply made some erroneous policy choices, which is only human.
From Les Tontons Flingueurs
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From Les Tontons Flingueurs
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