Rwanda’s dictator Paul Kagame, who came to power after ordering a 1994 aerial assassination of the Hutu Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, an event that triggered off a massacre of ethnic Tutsis and a holocaust of 5 million people in the neighboring Congo (Kinshasa), has warmed up to a group of extremists who favor Israeli expansionism.
While Kagame has always been close to Israel and its main American supporters, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Kagame’s decision to attend a seminar on genocide sponsored by the Jewish Values Network and its leader Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, has raised eyebrows among the central African diaspora community in the United States and other countries.
Boteach is an unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate from New Jersey and is close to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Boteach has also sharply criticized America’s support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.
The press release announcing the seminar states, “In the wake of the recent gas attack in Syria, a panel discussion relating to the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide will be moderated by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder, This World: The Jewish Values Network; and will include President of Rwanda Paul Kagame.”
Joining Kagame and Boteach center stage at Manhattan’s Cooper Union on September 29 will be right-wing GOP financier and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Wall Street hedge fund tycoon Michael Steinhardt, who describes himself as an atheist but views Israel as his “substitute for religion,” and Elie Wiesel, who is ubiquitously present at such events.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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