There is no doubt that the Biya Regime receives a lot of military support and training from Israel and the United States. One would have therefore thought that the Regime will show some appreciation for the support they were receiving from Israel.
That happens not to be the case as the Cameroon Minister of justice, Jean De Dieu Momo, has openly expressed antisemitic views over National Television.
Comparing the Bamileke ethnic group to the Jews and describing them in derogqtory terms, such as “arrogant people”, the minister went on to gloat over how Jews were put in gas chambers by “a certain Hitler”.
The Minister then goes on to warn Professor Kamto to be careful where he is leading his people – the Bamilekes. This could only imply that as the Bamilekes are the Jews of Cameroon, Paul Biya was the Hitler who was likely to ‘gas them in the same manner as Hitler did with the Jews.
This should not be surprising, coming from a Cameroon Minister of Justice, given that for over Two years, English-speaking Cameroonians have been systematically slaughtered by government forces, creating a security situation where vandals and armed thugs now run around killing anyone who makes a wrong move.
The paradox of the situation is that Israel has been providing support to the regime, Training the elite Battalion D’Intenvention Rapide (BIR) which has been involved in most of the extra judicial killing of Cameroonian.
While one ought to condemn the Holocaust and denounce anyone who seeks to downplay that dark period of history, it must be said that Jean Dr Dieu Momo, is effectively an ally of Israel and hence, the memory of the Holocaust can be said to have been insulted by someone form in-house.
The Israeli Embassy in Yaounde has written a letter condemning the utterances, but there are doubts it would go beyond those words. It is therefore a shame thar someone in such a position of authority can make such derogatory remarks about some thing so sinister as the Holocaust and go away free.
Should Israel not come forth with a serious response to such an insult to the memory of its people killed by Hitler, they will effectively be telling the rest of the world that antisemitism is not a problem if it comes from certain people.
Mr. Momo’s remarks are also considered to be in bad taste given that one of the worst genocides in Cameroon history was carried out by the French and the Ahidjo government against the Bamilekes and the UPC party.
Any govrnrment with some sense of decency would have called for the resignation of the Minister, but given that it is the Biya Regime of Cameroon, anyone can expect that even the almighty Israel will not do anything about the situation.