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Sudan’s SPLM reportedly opens an office in Israel – statement


March 5, 2008 (TEL AVIV) – SPLM supporters in Israel announced establishment of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement office in Israel, a press release said today.

A Sudanese refugee child walks past Israeli Border Police officers in the Rose Garden, just outside Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 8, 2007.

"After consultation with the leadership of SPLM in Juba, the supporters of SPLM in Israel have decided to establish the office of SPLM in Israel." Said a statement received by email from Tel Aviv signed by the SLMP secretariat in Israel.

The statement said that SPLM office would promote the policies and the vision of the SPLM in the region. It further added that in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement the SPLM has the right to open in any country including Israel.

It also indicated that there are around 400 SPLM supporters in Israel.

Darfur rebel leader Abdel Wahid al-Nur said last week he opened an office in Tel Aviv. Khartoum has condemned the move saying it gives "a material proof that Darfur crisis is manipulated by foreign hands and a Jewish lobby."

"The Southern Sudanese in Israel are very grateful to the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit who persuaded Israeli government to resettle Southerners who escaped from Egypt." The statement said.

Egyptian authorities arrest regularly large number of Sudanese, mainly from southern Sudan and Darfur, who try to cross illegally to Israel from Sinai peninsula. But many have succeeded to enter into Israel.

The Sudanese migrants are drawn to Israel by rumours of better living conditions and hopes of gaining asylum there, but are also keen to leave Egypt where activists say they face persistent racism, abuse, and economic marginalisation.

According to a letter sent to the Sudanese First Vice President and president of southern Sudan, the Chairman of Sudanese Refugees Organization in Israel, Majier Anyuat Pap, urged Salva Kiir Mayadrit to help them to return to Southern Sudan.

In the letter that Sudan Tribune received a copy of it on February 24, Pap said "These are a group of over 2000, South Sudanese fled from North Sudan to Egypt to Israel over the last year or so, and we are stranded here. We fled because the authorities in Egypt were dealing with us in a harsh way."

He further said "While nobody mistreats us here, we are not officially recognized as refugees, have no legal way of earning a living, have no education and proper housing. Attempts at having the Israeli government accept us as officially recognized refugees have not, so far, been successful, and our situation is getting worse by day."

Pap blamed Salva Kiir for ignoring their different letters "our question here is, we are not South Sudanese? Or we can not do in future in South Sudan? If all of these are truths you must to reply, Mr. President"


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  • 6 March 2008 06:51, by mayom mabuong

    Thanks to leadership of SPLM for their effort, Please SPLM, go on with your good work. create more rooms we are srtiving for Excellency.

    mayom mabuong Marek
    Rumbek, South sudan

    • 6 March 2008 07:29, by Mawien

      Thanks, to all SPLM leadership for your excellence job you are doing. I am so glad to hear that SPLM Office has been open in Israel. Long live SPLM, long live SPLA.
      Dear brothers and sisters, we will be alright one day. May God beless all of us.
      Mawien Deng Kuol, Abyei Southern Sudan

    • 6 March 2008 07:31, by Abraham Chol Marial

      A lot of thanks to south Sudan leadership.
      I congratulate the SPLM for the office they have establihed in Israel for the first time in Sudan as we all witness in our passport, saying travelling all the countries in the world except israel.Today SPLM is A political party with good move ,tansparency ,and democracy that is why there is SPLM office in Israel .
      Dear south sudanese let us LOOK forward how we should bring our fellow Southern Sudanese who are currently in Israel .they are gonig to benefit our nation in both development and census.
      SPLM is being witness worldwide with its great interest to bring lasting peace in Sudan and that is why the SPLM is committed to the CPA articls which not currently implemented like the Abyei boundry commission and other outstanding issues which the SPLM leadership is concern to follow up.

      • 6 March 2008 14:55, by emadven

        We support you all, SPLM SLM/A

  • 6 March 2008 07:21, by Kabarika Jackson

    That’s a great move by the southern sudan to have taken such initiative in opening an office in Isreal. I believe that will give a big blow to the Khartoum Government who always talk ill of the Jewish people.

    • 6 March 2008 07:54, by Juach D Juach

      Our stranded Bros and sisters should be given a hand by our government (GoSS).
      The opening of an office is a good move in a sense that it’ll act as a link between GoSS and it’s people in the holy land.
      But something has to be done ( by GoSS) to help the suffering in Israel ...

      • 6 March 2008 10:49, by Andrew Malual

        No fear again from us we Southerners because today I heard that SPLM
        established a new office in Israel , so it is a great deal if the do so. Before Israel is prohibit to Sudanese according to what the had written in the passport. Now is clear to we southerners what about northern part is it still before or the had been allow to enter !! and thanks

  • 6 March 2008 08:29, by Duop Chak

    Successful path to equality for all has never been bring into being by many but by a few committed individuals—and this may be one.

    • 6 March 2008 12:52, by A.K

      I conggratulate the Israelis Grovertment to allowed us to late the GoSS have office in their land in the first time in the history of Sudan and the Israel which had not been happen.It show that the history betweeen the Israelis and the GoSS will be historic move and good relationship eventhougth Bashir party will not happy abuot it.GoSS should hear the voices of those Refugees in Israel to nogocaite with the Israel Authoritist for legal Refugee camp as south Sudanese.I wise Israel to open office in south also.
      Aier de Kucha in Yei South Sudan.

  • 6 March 2008 12:18, by Ahasakmoi

    That is good, it is very neccessary to coppy things like that. What if ABDEL WAHID was not to open his office in Israel ? Its also good that our government can work better on criticism than anything else. Thanks to my colleague who critized the SPLM for this kind of wakness.

    Now do the neccessary work there even in my passport I want Israel to be included there, so what is the reason for us not to visit Israel as in our passports ? Take care on your backs !

  • 6 March 2008 12:22, by Bai-cheng Adut

    Mr. Pap thank to you for expressing yourself before your leader Kiir but don’t belame Mr. Kiir the world of politic require you to have long glimpses before commenting on any thing. the reason to why President Kiir ignored your letters which entail reply is becaue he and we termed as harm to CPA since our partner NCP have irritration with our sorority Israel.

    • 7 March 2008 05:28, by Deng

      It is very pathetic for the Goss to late people suffer in Israel for the fear of violating the CPA. No where in CPA does it said do not make relationship with Israel. It is the cowardness of Goss that late to suffering of South Sudanese in places like Egypt and Israel.
      The government of people must intervene and take care of its citizen wherever they are facing difficulties. Why is Goss so afraid to make its relationship with Israel clear?. The NCP is now shifting the Palestinian refugees to Sudan while millions of Darfurian and South Sudanese are suffering in the refugee camps in Khartoum and Darfur.

      It is very pathetic that Goss is just watching the NCP running the show and they are just watching. I have great respect for the government of South Sudan, but taking the back sit in the major policies that affect Sudan especially the South and Darfur in the nation level is a issue of concern, it is shameful.

      Goss should be a national player at the same time a regional play in the South. Goss should be a play in the national policies to balance the power of NCP and protect the liberties of all Sudanese, but Mr. Salve is acting like a foreign minister, today he is in Egypt to tomorrow he is Uganda. Please settle down and get involve in the real policies the affect the daily of Sudanese.

  • 6 March 2008 15:38, by Deng Aruei Yak

    i am very please today about the opening of the SPLM office in Israel which is good news to all Southern Sudanese in Sudan and exile .long live our movement to open the offices all over the world. this office will start the relationship and the government of south sudan .

  • 6 March 2008 15:59, by Jok Makernyang

    Bravo Bravo sons of brave, your steps is gladly welcomed and now the SPLM leadership should support our brothers in that great Land Isreal. Long Live SPLM/A Long Live the Leadership of Kiir Mayardit, we are behind You.

    • 6 March 2008 19:29, by Jok Biong

      Good job let arabs cry somemore!

    • 6 March 2008 19:55, by moses chol

      A lot of thanks to south Sudanese in Israel, I congratulate the SPLM for the new office that is established in Israel for the first time in Sudan history. We love to have office in Israel for a longtime. We are not comfortable with Sudan passport that says you can travel to any country accept Israel. We cannot be threaten by Northern Sudan with their Islamic agenda.

      View online : SPLM Office in Israel

      • 7 March 2008 00:12, by Apuk Dau Dau

        More thanks to our government in southern sudan and new sudanese people as well, congratulation. Also thanks to the government of Israel for their effort i thought Israel will never like us for what happen in 1972, i hope they have seen the differnt from our action now.

        • 7 March 2008 03:57, by Peter Reat Gatkuoth

          You have done nothing wrong my daughter, but the world has blindfully turn their back to support our causes and struggle. All the nations in war has won their case, yet there is no better intervention of international community. You would have been in primary school by then; learning the small book of your Southern Sudan’s geography. Take it easy. Your being in Isreal signify the cause.
          On the other hand, your walk on the street of Isreal has ratify and clear the fact that we are all in struggle even those who are two months old. Let show it to the world that our nation and strugling for our right will never be covered down. It will appears everywhere as you " the little girl" has caught the eye of human right activist in Isreal. Let go for it. Its not only adult who will struggle, but all.

          Peter Reat Gatkuoth,


          • 8 March 2008 18:32, by Athian

            It is not true that the SPLM opened an office in Israel. Some of us refugees here in Israel are supporters of the SPLM, but we are refugees, not politicians.
            The person who said he opened an SPLM office was speaking for himself only and he does not have the backing of the SPLM supporters here.
            Also, he did not give an accurate picture of our living conditions. Our children go to schools with Israeli kids and we can work in Israel even though we are worried we might be expelled oneday. It is much better than Egypt.
            We are against the way he spoke about the SPLM President Salva Kiir because we know it can only help Bashir to falsely announce on the internet that the SPLM has opened an office in Israel.
            If the SPLM wanted to open an office in Israel they would bring someone from Juba to do it like they have done in the United States, Canada and Kenya.

            Tel Aviv

            • 9 March 2008 05:44, by ojok s. ojok

              Dear Athian, don’t be afraid of being expelled by Israelis government oneday.home is yours now, if you want to come back to south sudan it is up to you and if you don’t is also okay.let me tell you one thing we are not in the bush like in 90s we use to be.even if we don’t have high buildings in south sudan like the one you are watching in Tel aviv, atleast you have right because it is your home.I don’t understand why you people don’t want to come back to your home land.most of you are talking about schools and so on, can you really believe that some kids who have never been to uganda or Kenya are now in universities.their parents never go any where during the war,but they manage to cope up with all this conditions.it will be ahistory in the future. please come back home if you feel you are not treated fairely wherever you are.

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