A few Beta Israel Individuals Who Support/sympathize Beta Amhara Are Not Actually Beta Israelis, But Amharas who Entered State of Israel Illegally Under False Identity

This article has been posted on Kemant/Qemant Facebook by Balambaras Negash, December 4, 2016. The writer presented historical evidence including Beta Israelis second class citizenship under Shewa and Gondar rulers (Amhara rulers), like Agaw-Kemants and he concluded that there was no entity called Jewish-Amhara or Beta Israel- Amhara, otherwise fake identity tagged by Beta Amhara for political consumption. Here is the copy of the publication in Amharic:

ባላምባራስ ነጋሺ

የቤተ አማራው ኳድሮ ካሳው ታፈረ እንዲህ አለ ” የቤተ እስራኤል አማራ ” Jewish Amhara ትግሉን ተቀላቀሉ ። ነገ ደግሞ የአረብ አማራ ” Arab Amhara ” የትግላችንን ተካፋይ ሆኑ ብሎ እንቅጩን እንደሚናገር ጥርጥር የለኝም ። “identity crisis and identity theft ‘”የራስን ማንነት በውሉ ሳይረዱ በሌሎች ማንነት መመካትና መኩራት አይቻልም ።
የቤተ እስራኤል ህዝብ ለዘመናት በኢትዩጵያ እንደ ሁለተኛ ዜጋ ሁኖ በአፄው ስርዓት ሲጨቆን ሲረገጥ የኖረ ህዝብ ነው ። ለምሳሌ በጎንደር ካይላ ሜዳ እና ወለቃ ተብሎ በሚጠራው አካባቢ በ17ኛ ክ.ዘ ብቻ የቤተ እስራኤላዊያን በዚያው ቦታ ብቻ እንዲኖሩ ወደ ጎንደር ከተማ እንዳይገቡ በጥብቅ የተከለከሉ ነበር ፤ በሸዋ መንዝም ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ከ13ኛ ክ.ዘ ጀምሮ እስከ አሁንም በተከለለ የብቻቸው ተራራማ በሆነ ቦታ ብቻ የእድ ጥበብ ስራ እየሰሩ እንዲኖሩ የሚደረጉ ህዝቦች ናቸው ” አሊያህ ቤት ” ተብሎ የታተመውን የሸዋ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያንን ታሪክ ማንበብ በቂ ነው ። በሸዋ አማራ እውነተኛ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን የደረሰናቸው ግፍና መከራ በዚህ መጽሃፊ ተጠቅሷል ።በአጠቃላይ የቤተ እስራኤል ህዝብ በባለፈው ስርአት ሲናቅ ሲዋረድ የኖረ ህዝብ ነው ።
በጎንደር ክፍለ ሃገር ለምሳሌ በሰሜን ጎንደር ብቻ ይኖሩ የነበሩት ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን በአብዛኛው ከ80% በላይ የኖሩት ከቅማንት ህዝብ ጋር በፀዳ ፣ በአምቦ በር ፣ በወለቃ ፣ በግንድ መጣያ ፣ በጭልጋ ቡሆና ሰርጢያ ጅብ አንሰግ ገለድባ ፣በላይ አርማጭሆ ፣ በጃኒ ፈንቀራ ፣ በቋራ የተለያዩ ቀበሌዎችና ጎጦች ነው ። ይህም በመሆኑ በአብዛኛው ከእነዚህ ቦታ የሄዱ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ከቅማንት ህዝብ ጋር በጋብቻ በመተሳሰራቸው ምክኒያት ከጎንደር ከእነዚህ አካባቢ የሄዱት ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን በአንድ ወይም በሁለት በኩል የቅማንት ህዝብ ተወላጅ ናቸው ። ይህም በመሆኑ በእነዚህ ቦታዎች የነበሩት ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ከሃገር ሲለቁ መሬታቸውን በቀጥታም ይሁን በተዘዋዋሪ ለቅማንት ወንድሞቻቸው ሰጥተውና ሽጠው የሄዱት ። እኔም በግሌ ብዙ ቅማንት ቤተ እስራኤላዊ ዘመዶች በአሽዶድና አሽክሎን ከተሞች አሉኝ እንዲሁም ዘራቸው በአንድ ወገን ቅማንት የሆኑ ብዙ ቤተ እስራኤላዊ ወንድሞቻችንና እህቶቻችን አውቃለሁ።
ከትግራይ ክፍለ ሃገርም ከተለያዩ አውራጃዎች ይኖሩ የነበሩ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያንም እንዲሁ ከትግራይ ህዝብ ጋር በጋብቻ በባህል በቋንቋ የተሳሰሩ ህዝቦች ናቸው ። ከጎጃምም እንዲሁ የጎጃምንን ባህልና እሴት ይዘው የሄዱ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ይገኛሉ ።
እንግዲህ ቤተ አምራ የቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ወንድማማችነት ህብረት ሊፈጥር የሞከረው በጋብቻና በሃሰት ማስረጃ ቤተ እስራኤላዊ ነኝ እያለ እስራኤል ሃገር ከሄደ በኃላ አማራ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ነን በማለት ውዥምብርና የማንነት ቀውስ እውነተኛ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያንን በመክተት ላይ ይገኛሉ ። አለቃ አጽሜ የፃፊትን እውነተኛ ታሪክ እኮ ማንበብ በቂ ነው ይህንንም ታሪክ በውቀቱ ስዩም ” ከአሜን ባሻገር ” የሚለውን በማንበብ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን እንጅ አማራ እንዳልሆኑ እንቅጩን ጽፊታል ። ታዲያ ቤተ እስራኤላዊ አማራ የሚለው ዘር ከየት ዱብ አለ? አዲስ ዘር ተፈጠረ እንዴ ? ሌላው ቢቀር ቤተ አማራ የስነ ልቦና ጦርነት በመክፈት ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን አማራ ነን እንዲሉ በማህበራዊ ሚዲያዎች ተጽኖ በመፍጠር ላይ ናቸው ። በመሆኑም በእስራኤል የቤተ አማራ ተቆርቋሪ ነን የሚሉ ልውጥ አማራ አክቲቪስቶች ፈጥረዋል ። ቅድም እንዳልኩት ግን እነዚህ የቤተ እስራኤል አማራ አክቲቪስቶች እውነተኛ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያን ሳይሆኑ ድህነትን ለማሸነፍ ጎንደር ክፍለ ሃገርና አዲስ አበባ ላይ በብር እየከፈሉ ቤተ እስራኤላዊያንን በማግባት ወደ እስራኤል የሄዱ ናቸው ። ከ10 አመት በፊት ይህንን የሃሰት ጋብቻ የእስራኤል መንግስት በማወቁ ለብዙ እውነተኛ እስራኤላዊያን ብዙ ፈተና ነበር ። አንዳንዶቹም ተነቅቶባቸው መረጃቸውና የይለፍ ፓስፓርታቸው ቪዛ እንዳያገኙ ታግደዋል ይህም በመሆኑ በአዲስ አበባ ላም በረት አካባቢ ብዙዎቹ አስቸጋሪ ህይዎት እስከ አሁን እንዲጋፈጡ አድርጒቸዋል።

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Musie Abraham’s Interview with SBS Radio

Musie Abraham of Agaw Democratic Party’s Interview with the SBS in Amharic in Australia. Mr. Musie, Foreign Affairs Chief, said that following the assumption of political power of the current government, we had been given the opportunity to establish a regional state, like others, but we decided to stay with Amharas due to our historical bonding with them. However, due to ANDM’s atrocity and partiality against the Agaw people, our dream to live with Amharas in a single regional state has vanished, it is not anymore intact. Now, we have been forced to quest a separate Agaw Regional State to exercise our natural and constitutional rights. Click the link below the picture to access the 20-minitues interview. Musie’s interview has attracted considerable viewers and there are a number of comments on Tigrai online, Qemant Facebook and on original SBS page.

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Musie Abraham with SBS Radio

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Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP’s Chairperson and Others Detained

Police from the Dangala town arrested Mr. Andualem Tilahun on August 29, 2016. His residence located at Dangla was searched on the next day. The party’s miscellaneous legal documents and upper and lower ink seals have been taken. For 10-days police kept him in custody without any charge.

On September 7, 2016, afternoon they told him he would be tried allegedly on public incitement. The police claimed it would bring eye witnesses. In the same afternoon, he was taken to Woreda Court, but they didn’t issue him written charges. According to a source from the region, the so-called eye witnesses are actually ruling ANDM party members and active supporters who are rivalries to the AgDP and cannot be credible witnesses.

Another senior AgDP party member Mr. Beyilu Teshale in the Injibara town has been held in custody for no reason. The other party members, Mr. Kassahun Adem and Amare are sentenced for 1-year unlawfully before the current crisis in June and May, respectively.

Other party members insisted that the AgDP’ Chairperson, Mr. Andualem Tilahun and other party members are innocent, neither they did incite the public nor they committed any crime. “The charge is politically motivated to eliminate the opposition party in the region.”

The party’s External Relations Representative has appealed to the Ethiopian Government for their release via Ethiopian Embassy in Canada. Associated Press/AFP, News24 was first to report the detention of Andualem and Beyilu on September 12, 2016 (http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/two-ethiopia-opposition-leaders-arrested-20160912-2).

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Letter to US-Department of State

April 14, 2016

US-Department of State
2201 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20520

Reference: Appeal for United States’ Voice and Humanitarian Assistance for Victims of December 2015 Kemant Genocide in North Gondar, Ethiopia

The Kemant genocide, which took place in North Gondar, Ethiopia December 9-18, 2015, slaughtered more than 95 Kemants, women, children, and elders ; wounded 86 Kemants, kept in detention unknown number of people, displaced approximately 25,000 people. The displaced victims have been deprived basic needs, they have neither food nor shelter and currently suffering from hunger and diseases. Perpetrators also demolished or burned in fire 986 residencies, emptying the enter villages in some localities; destroyed or taken away 42,284 quintals of grain, seized more than 18, 700 domestic animals. The total of property loss in the course of genocide is estimated to be US$34.4 million.

Genocide was carried out by Amhara Regional Government forces of Ethiopia, comprised of 10,000 Special Forces, paratroops and armed militia who used 58 to 62 heavy trucks to transport logistics and personnel. The regional government has not denied perpetration of genocide, but portrayed as if it was people to people hostility, between Amharas and Kemants.

Persecution against the Kemant population, killing and detention have been in effect, especially since 2013. Kemants through their representative, called Kemant coordinating committee and supporters appealed to the Ethiopian Federal Government more than four times. The Federal Government of Ethiopia acknowledged the problem following current genocide and set up a special committee led by Kassa Tekilebirhan, former House Speaker and currently a cabinet member to implement self-rule for Kemants in 126-128 kebels/localities, 8-counties, but the committee has achieved nothing so far. Alternatively, a creation of a regional state for Kemants, proper & Amharic speaking Agaws in general and Beta Israelis living throughout Gondar and Gojjam, currently repressed in Amhara Region is believed to be the best remedy to guarantee durable security. Otherwise, provincial, zonal arrangement may not provide needed lasting security for Kemants and other ethnic groups.

Indeed, the central government’s inadequate response to the crisis is a reason for Kemant’s present sufferings. The central government has lacked the political will and commitment to bring alleged perpetrators, suspected officials to justice. Despite systematic atrocity committed against the Kemant population with purity, no key top officials presumably responsible for genocide have been brought to before justice, with exceptions of questioning junior ones who allegedly acted on top regional officials’ directives.

Unfortunately, even after December 2015, genocide is still in effect. On January 21, a government security force opened fire on the crowd gathered to celebrate the Ethiopian traditional Epiphany in Chilga and killed five people including the chief priest, Bisret Abera carrying a replica of Ark of Covenant and wounded dozens. On March 26, 2016, the regional government’s Special Forces, paratroops numbered 400-500 entered into the town of Tikildingay, Lay Armachiho County in the midnight and terrorized population including torture.

Moreover, the regional government officials are currently retraining including retired soldiers and disseminating propaganda via a party line obviously for large scale genocide on Kemants probably comparable to Rwanda 1992, or World War-II Holocaust against the Jewish people.

I under signed hereby, an independent human rights observer and community constituent kindly appeal on behalf of the victims, the United States to voice against injustice and play a positive role working with the Ethiopian Government for the following, purposes, but not limited:
a) all perpetrators to be tried at neutral court and prevent similar atrocity in the future.
b) The displaced victims to be provided with immediate humanitarian assistance.
c) The victims’ families to be provided with adequate compensation for lost life and properties.
d) One of the key suspects of genocide Mr, Gedu Andargachew, incumbent Head of Region-3, called Amhara Regional State currently in the US to be tried.

Attached please find a copy of the report of December 2015 Kemant Genocide, includes a list of victims, the location of catastrophe and names of suspected officials involved in genocide and theory for genocide.

Sincerely,

Worku Berihu

CC to:

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, other concerned governments and international organizations

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Ethiopian Orit Community News Release on December 2015 Kemant Genocide

We, Ethiopian Orit Community call on Regional Government, Federal Government, US Government and international community to provide immediate humanitarian assistance and persecute their respective officials/citizens involved in Kemant genocide.

December 10-13, Amhara Regional Government sent huge regional militia and police forces to North Gondar, Kemant (Qemant) areas, to provide a military solution to the Kemant’s 9-years-old constitutional quest for self-rule. The security force indiscriminately engaged in massacre and property destruction, crop and house burning and robbery. Specially, children, women and elderly who cannot flee or defend themselves are primary victims. At the same time, the invading force had been reportedly sustained heavy causalities due to self-defensive response from Kemant farmers, whom reacted in an instinct manner.

Destruction Areas

We as the community members has no accurate figure on the size of the government combat force. Roughly 8,000-10,000 soldiers and more than 58 heavy military trucks were fielded in the Kemant areas including the following counties, sub-districts (kebeles) and towns:
1. In Metema Woreda (County): Shinfa Town, Kebeles (localities) of Gubay, Gigibit Kebele, Genduha Birshign Town, Mecca (Kurbsa sub-locality), Ahushira, Zebach Bahir, Mechela, Chechra and Bekokit.
2. In Chilge County: The localities (kebeles) of Serti Wagi, Amanuel Kenwote, Kober Lomio, Godo Molalit, Dandura, Addis Zemen, Kushaina, Shutara, Asenge Ketema and Negade Bahir Ketema.
3. Tach Armachiho County: Mesa Kidene Mihret Kebele (one kebele consists of about 5,000 residents).
4. In Quara County: The localities (kebeles) of Bedela, Mirt Gelagu, Dubaba, Gelegu Town and kebels in the county.
There is the reason to believe that the government’s plan was to eliminate Kemants physically from these fertile areas and settle other people loyalty to the regime’s politics.
An unconfirmed initial report indicated hundreds of Kemant massacre, million dollars of property destruction and robbery. So far, a Kemant disaster committee’s preliminary assessment has confirmed the following losses:

Life Losses:

• Massacre of 82 people including maternal mothers, infants and aging elders who cannot move (this figure does not include causalities in Quara County).
• 26 people sustained severe injury and disability as a result of beating.
• 9 people disappeared their whereabouts is not known.
• 27 more people taken to a detention center.
• Other 37 people are hunted to capture or take other measures.
• About 30,000 displaced people are without food, shelter and need immediate humanitarian assistance.

Property Losses:

• 1440 houses robbed and then burned and the following properties have been taken:
• 42, 284 quintals of grain
• 3002 cattle
• 3670 goats
• 531 donkey and mules
• 40 sheep, and
• 11,513 hens

Robbed Hotels, Stores and Other Properties:

• 29 stores
• 17 hotels
• 2 automobiles
• 106 grams of gold
• cash, 7,921,405 Ethiopian Birr
The total of taken or destroyed property by the invading force values 198, 462, 176 Ethiopian Birr.

Persecution against Kemant people is an unfolding process, especially since 2014. However, the situation escalated rapidly as more than 60 young Kemants, Agaw Democratic Party members and supporters arrested for supporting the party during the election 2015. After the election, Kemant coordinating committee members for self-rule was prime targets. At the end of the same year, the government has begun killing Kemant ethnic members indiscriminately regardless of gender, age, occupation or political affiliation. The international community is welcome to investigate and prove this reality.
Indeed, execution of innocent 24-children and women in Lay Armachiho County in November 2015 and indiscriminately massacre in December 10-13, 2015 in the localities mention above has represented boldly an international genocide definition and realistic to describe the behavior and consequence as genocide. The current genocide was expected due to the central government’s negligence to protect Kemants. Kemants reported the federal government ongoing atrocity in the region more than four times including an open letter to Prime Minister in the past three years. The two letters were published on the wlka blog. Nothing was done to provide Kemants with needed security as the citizen, Of course, if the Ethiopian Federal Government was committed to the constitution of the country and supremacy of the law, it could have brought the alleged perpetrators for justice in the previous tragedy and the current genocide has never happened.
There are also a group of people who facilitated the current genocide by providing the regional government with resources and disseminating its propaganda abroad and inland to cover up the reality. Those people are the US citizen Gondar origin immigrated to the US during the military regime and after. Their action is clearly in violation the US law and shall be accountable for the consequences.

Key Genocide Suspects at Top Regional Government Level

The regional government top leadership and its ruling party Amhara National Democratic Movement, is responsible for Kemant genocide. Its top leader, Amhara Regional Governor, Mr. Gedu Adargachew had been recorded whilst he was asking an identified federal official for additional soldiers to control the situation. The federal official rejected Andargachew’s request and told him to withdraw his force immediately from the Kemant areas. The unsecure conversation was recorded by a foreign secrete service that has embassy in Addis Ababa, wanted to remain in anonymity. The same foreign secret service in its report to its government mentioned also Dessie Asemie, Regional Security and Militia Commander, Mr. Agegnew Teshale, Regional official and Mr. Yaregal Asfaw, Governor’s Senior Adviser as key players in current genocide. Lower party officials at local level and junior commanders in the field execute orders given by these officials.

Regional Government with Its Collaborator Fails to Apologize

The regional officials of government and party functionalities have failed to apologize Kemants, Ethiopian people and international community at large for their actions. In contrary, the ruling party has been broadcasting propaganda on media to portray genocide as if people to people, between Amhara and Kemant. It has blamed the people of Gondar in general and Amhara chauvinism in particular.
The regional government’s post-genocide behavior shows not only its failure to accept responsibility for the consequences, but also its determination to use the situation as excuse to arrest or keep Kemant activists or its supporters in custody; Its behavior is also a clear indication for further preparation for genocide rather than guaranteeing Kemants self-rule in 128 Kebele, 8-counties and foster durable peace in the region.

Deprivation of Media Coverage

Despite all this tragedy is taking place in Kemant homeland North Gondar, no media coverage on the events. There are reasons for that:
• Kemants do not have media access to express their views.
• with exceptions of Tigray Online before 2012 and Oromo blogs, Ethiopian related media both governmental and non-governmental believe that Kemants are struggling to restore Judaism (Orit) in the region, to setup Orit Assembly and they should not be guaranteed self-rule. These media’s political interest is the key obstacle the Kemant issue not get coverage. Even if they cover rarely, their coverage is biased, reflects only views of the government ignoring Kemant’s position, VOA Amharic Service is among such media.
• Some Amhara party officials also ironically claim that Kemants are immigrated from Egypt and Canaan before 2,000 years BC and not eligible to establish self-rule at a zonal/provisional level except in 42-kebeles under North Gondar Zone control, otherwise, the Kemants should be deported to Egypt, like Beta Israel to Israel. All these arguments and pieces of myths affected negatively the said media to ignore the Kemant issues.

Indication of Pending Large Scale Genocide

Even after December 2015, genocide is still in effect. On January 21, a government security force opened fire on crowd gathered to celibate the Ethiopian traditional Epiphany in Chilge and killed five people including The chief priest, Bisret Abera carrying a replica of Ark of Covenant and wounded dozens. Propaganda on facebook called Bete Amhara, organized by the ruling regional party is disseminating hate on a day to day basis. On this facebook a post appeared for one month until removed on January 21, after it elicited objections from visitors, calls for eviction of Protestant Christians, Muslims and Agaws from Region 3, what is currently called Amhara Region. The regional government has also undertaken fresh military training as preparation for further genocide. Unless the international community takes measures, the largest scale genocide similar to Rawanda 1992 and World War-II Holocaust is imminent in the region.

We Extends Condolence to:

1. The Kemant children and adults whom lost their life and property.
2. Those whom sent to Kemant villages and towns ignorantly for the mission they didn’t understand cause destruction and tragedy, but has never return home.
We believes that it is possible to restore the situation to normal and secure lasting peace and stability in the region.

We calls on the Regional Government and its ruling party:


1. base their conflict resolution tactics on democratic principles and rules of law, difference between Kemants and the regional government to be resolved through popular referendum organized by the federal government.
2. Work with the people and the federal government to trail all suspects involved in genocide in different capacities including top regional government officials regardless of their role in the region.
3. Apologize the Kemant people for the consequences and facilitate genuine reconciliation.
4. Release these in detention center and stop persecution others for their self-defense role.
5. Pay full compensation for the lost life and properties related to the events November 30 (Hidar 23) in Chilge and December 10-13 2015 (Hidar 29 letefeterw huneta) throughout the Kemant province.

We Call on the Ethiopian Federal Government to:


1. Provide immediately humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance for the displaced people to return to respective village and towns.
2. Take firm actions to respect the constitution.
3. Guarantee fully the Kemants’ constitutional request self-rule in all areas without delay.
4. Take firm stand to trail those involved in genocide at neutral federal court.
5. If Amhara Region cannot accommodate in equality and democracy Kemants, Agaws/Gojjamis in general and other communities in the region, create their own region to live in good neighborhood in peace before conflict develop into an irreconcilable stage.

We Call on the Government of the United States America to:


1. Investigate those its citizens who facilitated the current genocide as stated above.
2. Take legal measures including sanctions on their close family members not to enter the US.
3. Provide immediate humanitarian assistance for the displaced people.

We Call on Neighboring Countries and the International Community:


To provide immediate humanitarian basic needs, food and shelter, for thousands of displaced Kemants.

Ethiopian Orit Community
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 21, 2016

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Security Source States 23 People died, 89 People Taken to Detention Center and More Than 500 Kemants Are Hiding

wlka received the following information from a regional security source wants to remained in anonymity. According to this source, campaign against Kemants has been overseen by Regional Commander Dessie Aseme and his junior commander Amsalu who is responsible to directing a local security force.
The statement reads, since June 13 through 30, 2015, in District of Chilga, 23 Kemants killed most of them are killed while they were at their home. So far 89 people have been taken to unknown detention center; more than 500 people escaped just before arrest. The statement in the Amharic language does not say anything about situations in other districts.
The statement also claimed Kemants actually were unable to hold demonstration as planned. Their demonstration was planned for June 14, but a regional security force stormed house to house on the eve and the demonstration was aborted.

In related news, the Ethiopian legislative body, known as House of Federation passed a bill on June 24 clearing way for self-rule in all Kemant areas, comprise of 8-9 districts. The current House resolution obviously overrides the previous regional council decision that attempted to restrict the Kemant self-rule in two districts only, better known as 42-kebel rule.

However, some observers questioned the objectivity of the bill, because it authorizes the Regional Government for implementation. Since the regional government is not a neutral body, actually locked in warfare with Kemants for the past 6-years, how it can implement the bill without distortion is the question of many people.

Human rights violations in the Kemant areas has deteriorated, especially since the past two years. With exceptions of Oromo websites and blogs in Diaspora, Ethiopian related media governmental and non-governmental, including VOA Amharic Service and Radio German do not report human rights violations in the Kemant areas. According to some sources, these media believe that Kemants are struggling for restoration of Orit/Judaism, what is called worship of Abraham and should be punished. Also, human rights organizations failed to document on the Kemant issue. A man from Gondar City called Gadlu G in his nickname said, unfortunately, HUMAN RIHGTS WATCH AFRICA is part of the scheme probably innocently due to some of its deceptive employees. The watch has never documented a single report on the Agaw-Kemant case, and he questioned political neutrality of HRWA, well recognized the international body.

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Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP) Executive Committee Holds Emergency Meeting and Makes Calls on Ethiopian Government and International Community

Ag DP Executive Committee held an emergency meeting last night to discuss on death and injuries sustained against the Kemant people, in North Gondar, June 12 to 14, 2015. The committee heard reports obtained from varies media, that has indicated the death of 7-civilians and confirmed 8-people whom sustained serious injury are in critical conditions. Others have been taken into an unknown detention center. The communiqué reads, it has not yet able to determine the total victims and urges officials to investigation.
After evaluating the whole situations, the communiqués condemned any form of violence in the North Gondar and has made call on the Government of Ethiopia as follows:
1. Independent Investigation Commission to be designated by the parliament, People’s Representatives and the commission to conduct an independent investigation.
2. These victims in the critical conditions to be provided immediate medical treatment.
3. These party, or committee members and ordinary people abducted and taken to unknown destination to be released immediately.
4. Those offenders to be tried at independent court following the investigation.
5. The international community to give due attention to North Gondar as it has become the center of human rights violations as was once against Ethiopian Jews.
6. Find durable constitutional solutions for Kemant people self-rule demand.
7. The communiqué also calls on anyone refrain from any form of violence and stick to peaceful resistance.
This communiqués was issued on June 15, 2015 from Gondar City

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Breaking News: More Than Ten Kemants Shot to Death

The information forwarded to wlka states that more than 10 Kemants shot to death in Chilga District, North Gondar. Information had been sent this afternoon, it has not yet displayed the identity of individuals and other details. Some unconfirmed source claimed more than 100 people critically injured. wlka has no resource to send its informant to the scene area. It is impossible to communicate in the area. If you know details, you can send information directly to wlka including their names. Do not send your information to any person, wlka will not receive it.

Update: On Kemant People Death and Injury (June 15)

A source from Gondar City Police Department, who wants to remain in anonymity has provided the following updates:
• The death of 7 people confirmed.
• Other 8 people in critical conditions and admitted to Gondar Hospital, but not treated due to order from officials, expected to die.
There is conflicting report regard to the following individuals:
• Mr. Kassie Godo, AgDP party’s activist
• Mr. Fentahun, another AgDP activist and candidate for the past May 2015 election.
• Mr. Kassie Abera, a Kemant Committee member
• Two elders from the Aykel town
Some people claimed Mr. Kassie Godo was abducted on June 12, just before midnight, and his whereabouts is not known. Others say five of persons under police search for their attempt to organize demonstration.

Update on June 17:
In related news, Blue Party’s last month candidate, Mr. Samuel Awoke died in Debre Markos, on June 15, 2015, after attacked by unknown persons. An opposition said, murder is politically motivated, the government described private related.

The replica of this report has appeared also on American Embassy Facebook Addis Ababa, under Wlka Bt. First you can find Wlka Bt Facebook and then direct to the embassy facebook.

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Two Hours Ago 17 Young People, Supporters of Agaw Democratic Party Abducted by Security Force

Just two hours ago, 17 young people, supporters of Agaw Democratic Party have been abducted by a local security forces. One of them was the party’s observer for tomorrow’s election; his name is Endashiw, an inquiry is underway to identify his last name. Abducted victims were forced to walk on bare foot to unknown destination. Abduction took place in Lay Armachiho District, the locality called Erebu Gebya, 32 km the west of Gondar City, Northwestern Ethiopia. The incursion has been reported to National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), but so far no reaction from NEBE. Another young person detained last night in the same District (Woreda) was released this afternoon after long debate among security personnel to kill or not to kill him.

Update on May 24, 2015

Report sent to wlka on May 24, indicates 2 observers, Teshale Tafere and Zemena Mazena disappeared and 5-more beaten and detained in Chilga District. The detainees were seen bleeding. At Wogera, Chuge A (ha) voting station, the voting counting was completed before 5:00 pm. The AgDP owned the vote, but the ruling party and the board observers refused to accept the result, as a result there was dispute with AgDP’s observer, Mr. Dereja. At 6:00 pm, Mr. Dereja was taken to unknown destination. His family and the party is searching his whereabouts. The ruing party acted violently after 10 voting station was early counted and AgDP won these and others in the district.

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Armed Militia Goes House to House and Gives Death Threat to AgDP Election Observers

Ethiopia supposed to conduct a democratic election on the coming May 24, 2015. But, an armed militia force comprise of five men traveled house to house today, May 19, 2015 in Lay Armachiho Woreda (County), North Gondar, Ethiopia. The militia checked the houses of Agaw Democratic Party observers for May 24 election process. The armed militia gave death threat to the party’s observers. It claimed those who observe for the Agaw Democratic Party (AgDP) would lose their live if they go out on the day of election to vote or observe for the party. Armed men also declared there would be violence all voting stations the AgDP is contesting.
Before one week, threat was targeted to potential voters and activists, since the middle of the past week; the ruling party has intensified persecution against potential observers all over election districts. In Metema District, Zebach Kebele, Mr. Meleku Tesfaye in hospital treatment after sustained injury by a separate armed militia. Most of districts declined to assign the observers in fear of the observers’ security. The districts determined to register observers regardless of death threat involves Dangla, Lay Armachiho, Gondar Zurya and Chilga. Now, most of them are submitting resignations. The report has been submitted to the National Election Board of Ethiopia and Africa Union Delegates in writing and orally, but no action has been taken to address the problem.

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Power Shutdown and Jamming on Agaw Democratic Party’s Election 2015 Transmission

Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP was not able to broadcast its election 2015 message on March 4, 2015. The National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) allocated for AgDP two TV schedules, each consists of 15-minutes. The first schedule was March 4, 2015 (Yekatit 26) on Amara TV immediately after 6:00 pm news. However, before five minutes of the party’s transmission, electric power was shutdown throughout Awi Province/Zone. The same thing happened also in four Gondar Zone districts, including Chilga County.

The power was available in the cities of Bair Dar and Gondar, but was too difficult to hear due to jamming. The party’s chairperson lodged compliant with a regional parties joint forum and NEBE. The forum characterized the move as a criminal act and condemned, but the NEBE has not taken any measures. The party’s members and supporters urged the party leadership appeal to the NEBE for an alternative broadcast schedule. In related news, a person who sent message to wlka in an anonymous condition claimed the power distribution in Ankesha-Gugusa woreda, one of Awi districts has been off since one month, but he added power disruption on March 4, 2015 in the other districts an active political sabotage not a technical problem.

The lately received report from Gondar City indicates that Mr. Muluken Wagnw a party member from Layarmachiho is in detention for the last 6-days. Zonal officials claimed National Election Board of Ethiopia’s law does not work in Gondar. He has been detained while he was giving out the party’s election manifesto.

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Agaw Democratic Party Withdraws its Nominee for Parliament for 2015 Election at Constituency of Bahir Dar City

A reliable source from Regional Election Board Branch Office sent message to wlka anonymously. On the 12th of February, the party’s Chairperson, Mr. Andualem Tilahun, sent a fax message to Bahir Dar City Election Board Secretariat requesting the cancelation of its only candidate in Bahir Dar City constituency who was Mr. Wasihun Mulaw. The candidate also made the similar correspondence with the city board. The city board was reluctant to accept the request till the official memorandum was sent from the secretariat. The contender was the party’s nominee for parliament/House of Representatives for May Election 2015.
Another source stated cancelation created different reactions. Some saw it as defeat before “shot” and others considered as a tactical decision since there are other four parties registered for constituency, which makes the winning chance slim. Some people speculate the action has been taken probably to increase other parties’ winning chance for some sort of expectations in the future.

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AgDP Central Committee Issues Statement on Current Situation in Kemant, Gondar

Agaw Democratic Party/AgDP’s Central Committee at its regular session (on Nov. 15) at the town of Zege, Lake Tana, discussed the current turmoil in North Gondar, Kemant Province. It received a report on more than 100 school closure throughout the province in the past two weeks. On the other hand, it learned that some of schools have been reopened since Wednesday, but other remained close. The party expressed its concerned on the deteriorating situation and asked all involved parties to refrain from any act of violence. At the end of the session it has issued the following statements:
1. The current school closure is resulted from the government’s lack of due respect for its constitution. If the government has respect for the country’s constitution, it could treat the Kemant people, or Agaws in general on an equal basis and the Kemant’s constitutional quest for self-rule could have been guaranteed under Article 39. The party called on the government to stop percussion and address the Kemant’s demand without delay.
2. The communiqué stated that Kemant people have waged peaceful resistance for the past decay and they need to pursue only peaceful struggle to achieve their goals.
3. The communiqué stressed the murder of an unarmed citizen, Mr. Tegenawu Wolelawu and others, whoever is unacceptable. The party demanded an independent investigation and due justice including adequate compensation for the family members of the victims.
Finally, the communiqué demanded for equal treatment and justice to all citizens.

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Call for Support for Continuity of wlka

Peaceful political struggle without media is entirely unthinkable. For the past 3-years, the Agaw people’s struggle, specially, Kemant’s struggle for self-rule and equality that took the attentions of many people could not happen at all without wlka. Indeed, wlka has done its professional responsibility as the online press media. Now days, it is facing enormous challenges for its continuity as the forum and provision of compatible services in the dramatically changing world. There are two major parameters wlka has encountered, financial and personnel who have to provide voluntary services indefinitely. At this point, there are only two unpleasant choices, either strengthen the existing media and pursue the resistance for liberty and constitutional rights, or give up, surrender to the oppressors and live in second class citizenship. If the choice is the former, the following measures must be taken for wlka’s effective continuity:
1. It has to be updated including domain modification and hardware upgrading on its base, to uphold its security and functional capacity.
2. Be able to pay transport and allowance for an informant who travels to field to collect first hand evidence.
Certainty, financial commitment is required to execute the project:

  • $6,790 for the system upgrading and enhancement including backup capability for offline availability;
  • $3,386 for allowance and transport cost for the informants per year;
  • $510 for contingency in the case of emergency for immediate life support. If any thing, like automobile accident happens on the informant while in the field;
  • TOTAL of $US 10,686 only.
  • You are kindly requested to support financially the project as you are keen to the liberty of the oppressed people. Also, share this information with those who have no access to the website. Then, please take initiatives and setup a steering committee that can collect fund from the country you are living. Then, communicate wlka in the same way, you send your articles and comments for publication. Leave your full address including e-mail, phone number with country code and name of city. Then, wlka will contact you for a further action. Thanks!

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    Israel Scientists Reported Breakthrough in HIV/AIDS Cure Treatment

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    Call to Lasta, Gojjam and Gondar

    ለላስታ ሕዝብ፤ ለጎጃም ሕዝብ እና ለሰሜን ጎንዳር ሕዝብ፤
    የተደረገ ጥሪ
    የተከበራችሁ ወንድሟቼና እህቷቼ የላስታ፤ የጎጃምና የሰሜን ጎንደር ሕዝቦች ሆይ! የእኔና የእናንተ አገው መሆን በቋንቋና በባሕላዊ እሴት የተወሰነ አይደለም፡፡ ቋንቋ ይለወጣል፤ ታሪክም በጽሐፊዎች ሊበረዝ ይችላል፡፡ ግን እኔንና እናንተን ያስተሣሠርን የዘር ሐረግ/ DNA ሊበረዝና ሊከለስ የማይችል አስደናቂ ማሕተም ነው፡፡ ማለት የእኔና የእናንተ አገውነት የማያሻማ ማስረጃችን ከቅዱስ ላሊበላ የወረስነው፤ ከቅዱስ ናቁቶላብ ወረስነው ከአፄ ፋሲል/ከአፄ ቴወደወሮስ የወረስነው፤ Zankimir (የ14ኛ ክፍለ ዘመን የጎጃም ንጉሥ) የወረስነው ወዘተ.. በደመችንና አጥንታችን ላይ የታተመው የDNA መረጃ ነው፡፡ እንኳንስ በሕይወት ያለውን ሰው ከዛሬ 800 ዓመት በፊት ያረፈውን ሰው ማንነት በDNA አማካኝነት መዋቅ/መለየት ይቻላል፡፡ ለዘመኑ ቴክኖሎጂ ምስጋና ይግበውና ዛሬ እንደትናንቱ የሰውን ማንነት መደበቅም ማጭበርበርም አይቻልም፡፡

    ይህን ካልኩ በኋላ በአገውነቴ ከሁሉ በፊት ልባዊ ሰላምታዬን እያቀረብኩ ከዚህ በታች በተመለከተው አጀንዳ ላይ ውይይት እንድናደርግ ጥሬየን በአክብሮት አስተላልፋለሁ፡-
    1. ላስታና ዋግ ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
    2. ለምንድን ነው ብአዴን የዋግና የላስታ ወንድማሞች ሕዝቦች እንዳይገናኙ የተለያዩ መሰናክሎችን የሚፈጥረው
    3. አዊና ቅማንት ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
    4. የቅማንት ራስ አስተዳደር ለምን እስከአሁን ተጎተተ (ቅማንት ራሱን ቢያስተዳደር አንድነቱ ይብልጥ ይጠናካራል እንጂ አይላለም) … እና ጎንደር ሕብረት የሚፈልጉት እውነተኛ አንድነት ከሆነ መልሱ ይሄው ነው፡ በእኔ እምነት የጎንደር ሕብረትም ሆነ ሌሎቹ የተሳሳቱ ቡድን እንጂ ስትራቴጂያዊ ጠላት አይደሉም፡፡
    5. ጎጃምና ጎንዳር በአጠቃላይ ለምን በልማት ወደ ኋላ ቀሩ
    6. የሁሉንም እምነት፤ ቋንቋና ባሕል የሚያከብር ለሁሉም ቡድኖች ሙሉ የራስ አስተዳደር የሚያጎናጽፍና ቡሉም ዞኖች/ ክፍለ ሀገሮች እድገት የሚያፈጥን ማለት ዛሬ በብአዴን አስተዳደር በልል-3 እንደሰማይ የራቀውን ዴሞክራሲያዊ መብት የሚያስመልስ Orit Council/የአገው ክልላዊ መንግሥት መፍጠር አስፈላጊ ነው አይደለም፡ በተለይ በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ የእናንተ ተሳትፎ ወሳኝ ስለሆነ አስትያየታችሁን ከዚህ በታች በተመለከተው email እንድትልኩ በታላቅ ትህትና ጥሬየን አስተላልፋለሁ፡፡ ቤተ እሥራኤሎችም/Beta Israel በዚሁ ወይይት ላይ እንዲሳተፉ በትህትና አሰስባለሁ፡፡

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    የሰው ልጅ የተሠረቀውን ማንነት ለማስመለስ ይታገለል እንጂ ማንነቱን ለመደበቅ ይታገል! ጎንደር ታሪክ ይፈርድብሻል! ሐቁን ለመፈለግ ከዚህ link ይጀምሩ፡-
    https://wlka.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/sekela-does-not-anymore-hide-its-agaw-identiy-whilst-achefer-does/

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    Musie Abraham’s Requst to VOA

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    This is a copy of the message sent to Voice of America Amharic Service:
    Comment: We Agew people, need your cooperation to assist us by broadcasting our message to the Ethiopians. Let the Ethiopian people understand our request which is quest for a separate state from Amhara State..
    I look forward to hearing from you a promptly positive response.
    Kind regards,

    Musie Abraham
    The Agaw Democratic Party’s Foreign Relations Chief
    Melbourne, Australia

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    Listeners Reaction to Musie Abraham, AgDP Foreign Relations Chief’s interview with SBS Radio

    Since the publication of Mr. Musie Abraham’s interview with SBS Radio on October 18, 2016, wlka has systematically surveyed listeners or viewers’ reaction to the interview. Mr. Musie’s interview was initially broadcasted by SBS Radio based in Australia. After publication on the SBS media, his interview process had been published on Tigraionline, Agaw-Qemant face book, wlka and one of Affaan Oromo blogs. The largest reaction more than 52 comments appeared on tigraionline and the comments displayed also on the SBS Radio system and Qemant website. In addition to comments appeared on these sites, wlka collected information through reliable sources. The reactions to the interview are summarized as follows.
    1. Larger comments supportive to the issue addressed in the interview, which is the formation Agaw Regional State.

    2. Some of the comments preferred Agaw and Amharas continuity in a single state but proposed an alternative solution, the formation of a new party named to Agaw-Amhara to conquer ABDM atrocity and form a joint regional government. These comments are believed to be given by Amhara opposition elites. If this scenario is genuine, this is the first time, Amhara opposition elite to accept the Agaw people’s basic rights. Of course, it is a positive development for the democratization of the region, peace, and stability. The same group also insisted that ANDM is not Amhara party, and to say Amhara cannot be blamed by ANDM’s atrocity against the Agaw people. One of the commentator states, “Mr. Musie knows the ANDM is nor Amhara party”.

    3. Other categories of comments are in protest to the Agaw’s rights to form their own regional government. This group tried to disseminate usual propaganda, tagging a code name to Mr. Musie and AgDP Chairman as Tigraians for their advocacy for the Agaw people’s rights. Of course, personalities tagged as Tigrians includes Mr. Kassa Tekleberhan,Mr. Binalf Andualem, Agaw Kemant right activists, and others. As one commentator put, if an Agaw person is designated as a Tigrigna, that means, a person is a strong activist for the Agaw people’s rights. This what I have learned, he says.

    Observers generalize that the code name Tigraian is tagged to any Agaw person who asserts Agaw’s rights, or who reject Beta Amharas’ ideological fallacy regard to its inclusion of Amharic speakers into an Amhara ethnic group. The example of ideological fallacy is indicated below in the Amharic phrase, which was posted on Facebook having cited its source from a Beta Amhara conference.

    The example of Beta Amhara’s ideological fallacy on an ethnic defining, the Amharic phrase reads:
    “አማራነኝ ያለው ሁሉ አማራ ነው”
    ማላት “አማርኛ የሚናገር ሁሉ አማራ ባይሆንም አማራነኝ ብሎ ከመጣና ለአማራ ጥቅምና አላማ የሚያገለግል ከሆነ አማራ ነው”
    (በአትላንታ በጥቅምት 2016 በተካሄዳው በቤተ አማራ ስብባ ላይ የተለጠፈ ፖስተር)

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    Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency

    Click the following link to access the report:

    State of Emergency

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