COWBOY DIPLOMACY: Netanyahu’s planned visit to Africa: A Palestinian perspective to the people of the continent


Benjamin Netanyahu’s supposed plan to visit the African continent this summer serves none other than the Zionist expansionist aspirations to continue to oppress the Palestinians with the hopes of gaining renewed and refreshed African political support.

The announced plans for Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the African continent with particular mention of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia this summer has been timed for the commemoration of Operation Entebbe waged against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine at the time. The Operation included the death of his brother Yonatan Netanyahu and thus the visit comes with excess baggage that African nations must be mindful and politically astute of if they plan to keep their interests protected and intact.

As the late Nelson Mandela has reminded us that our [Africans] freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians, the people of Africa are the people that matter in this visit. They are the ones that matter because their leaders are representatives of their continent’s interests. The people of Africa ought to know that Israel does not represent their interests. In fact they are utterly and absurdly racist and inferiorizing towards Africa and Africans explaining the neglect of any official ministerial visitation to the continent by Israel in half a century.

Israel wants to convince the people of the African continent especially countries like Uganda and Kenya that they are wanting to enhance and empower the security apparatus of each African nation it builds relations with to fight against Islamic terrorism in particular-the brush that it so obsessively likes to paint this false Palestinian political picture with to the world.  Since the purpose of the visit by Netanyahu is to reconfigure and remobilize renewed political support based on falsehoods and warped perspectives, the purpose of this article is a response to reconfigure, reassure and reawaken the African and global conscience based on the preservation of the truth.


First, a reminder for the people of Africa that the Palestinian people are fighting and struggling against living under colonialism, occupation and oppression; a similar legacy that haunted the African continent and its people for hundreds of years; the consequences of which continue to be felt today in all the former colonies of the continent. The process that the Palestinians are living under is known to us as Al Nakba; one based on incremental genocide through ethnic cleansing and memoricide. The planning started back in 1799 during Napoleons presence in the Africa-Arab region that was inherited by the British 30 years later to protect the Zionist movement and their colonial aspirations officially executed in 1948. It has continued in a slow-motion since its exacerbation through renewed forms of military and administrative occupation and expansionism  since 1967 onwards.

Throughout these years, the African people ought to remember that the Uganda-Kenya region under past British colonial rule was in fact one of the territories that the Zionist movement was considering for a colony before the selection of the historic land of Palestine. The Ugandan and Kenyan people today could have been the Palestinian people today. Nevertheless, Uganda today is perpetuating the plight of the Palestinian people through the oppression of the people of their own continent by doing the dirty work for Israel when dealing with its African refugees and migrants. This is merely evidence of the history of Israeli political meddling in the Eastern Africa region of Uganda and Kenya in particular, symbolically shown in the announcement for this summers visit by Netanyahu also demonstrated in the details of the roles played by some in Uganda and Kenya that assisted in the execution of Operation Entebbe.

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Furthermore, Israel has attempted to use Rwanda to build and create relations based on the “bretheren of suffering” approach using the false pretext of genocide in this context when Israel is committing incremental genocide against the Palestinians. Most importantly, Israel knowingly enabled the Rwandan genocide as it provided weapons deliveries to the Hutu government perpetuating the genocide against the Tutsi’s in the midst of the murderous events taking place at the time. Yet, like the case of Kenya and Uganda- the relations between Israel and Rwanda are seemingly unshaken while occurring in contempt and at the expense of Africans and Palestinians alike. Interestingly, with the annual commemoration of the Rwandan genocide rapidly approaching and Netanyahu’s zero-mention of the remembrance events and his prioritizing of his visitation over security and Entebbe is a telling sign in terms of his Israel-Africa agenda this summer and the paradigm shift from victims of genocide to victims of terrorism.

Last but not least, the potential visit to Ethiopia this summer is also a juncture at which Israel’s genuine hypocrisy is exposed. Ethiopian Jews in Israel are subjected to extreme forms of racism and oppression alongside the African and refugee migrants who are being ethnically cleansed through a deportation policy to Uganda and Rwanda under the guise of voluntary departure-the same line of argument it uses when denying the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the Palestinians. Ethiopian Jews have been subjected to sterilization policies as well as structural and socio-political racism. In fact, the Zionist racist colonization and oppression of Palestine and the Palestinians extends at its deepest level when the plight of Afro-Palestinians is explored.


Netanyahu’s attempt to export Israel’s colonization and oppression of the Palestinians under the guise of security and fighting Islamic terrorism- equating it with Israel’s justifiable dealings with the Palestinian who are in actuality fighting Jewish terrorism- is taking the continent to a dangerous direction. African nations must not confuse the oppressor with the oppressed, or the terrorist victimizer with the victim of terrorism. Confronting and knowing those visiting the African continent by the leadership is a must and the same goes for the people of Africa doing the same to their own leaders ensuring that they are the vanguards of the African continent.

Otherwise we will be reminded by the words of the late Martin Luther King Jr, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.” The injustice in Palestine is a threat to justice in Africa. This is what Netanyahu’s visit will bring to Africa.

Whispers from the North
Whispers from the North is an online platform that appreciates the ecological, cultural and socio-economic diversities of Northern Kenya. We also acknowledge that the lives of the communities of northern Kenya has been shaped by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic factors which have led to complex challenge that calls for a multifaceted approach.