Sudan's defense minister told a leading Saudi Arabian newspaper last week that a group of 24 Jewish organizations are directly responsible for the conflict in his nation's Darfur region, and for exaggerating the issue into a global humanitarian crisis.
“The Darfur issue is being fuelled by 24 Jewish organizations, who are making the largest amount of noise over the issue, and using the Holocaust in their campaigning,” Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein said in an interview with Saudi Arabia's Orkuz daily newspaper. He was apparently referring to the 20 American Jewish organizations that have joined the “Save Darfur Coalition,” an umbrella group attempting to raise awareness of the plight of the Darfur victims.
Hussein went on to claim that the Jews were using their alleged control of the international media and financial markets to directly aid rebel elements inside Darfur. He also insisted in quotes translated by Israel's Ynet news portal that only 9,000 people had died as a result of the conflict, and not 200,000 as estimated by the United Nations.
In addition to those killed, more than two million ethnic Africans have reportedly been driven from their homes by a government-supported Arab militia that stands accused of committing grave atrocities. Many of those refugees have made their way to Egypt, and then on to Israel after being mistreated by the Egyptians.