Srebrenica: Why Didn’t They Kill All Women & Children? Here is the answer…

Did you know? During the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre, many women and girls were brutally raped by Serb forces. In addition, Serb forces killed around 500 Bosniak children and dumped their bodies into mass graves. The list of murdered children was published by Association of Women of Srebrenica, Bilten #41 in March 2008, pages 7-11. The research was conducted by Daniel Toljaga and Hasan Nuhanovic.

Srebrenica mothers still mourn their children killed during July 1995 massacre.

QUESTION: In order to deny Srebrenica genocide, many apologists question how could Serbs commit genocide by killing mostly men, boys and elderly, while at the same time deciding to forcibly transfer most women and children from Srebrenica? So, why Serb forces did not kill all women and children? Can genocide be committed by not murdering all women and children?

ANSWER: According to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Continue reading

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Silence and Denial Surround Srebrenica Genocide 20 Years On

Srebrenica: PLC-100 mass grave. Srebrenica victims hands were tied with a rope before executions. Exhibit P129/64 in Krstic trial. Photo courtesy: UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, Netherlands.

Srebrenica: PLC-100 mass grave. Srebrenica victims hands were tied with a rope before executions. Exhibit P129/64 in Krstic trial. Photo courtesy: UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, Netherlands.

Professor Yair Auron is an Israeli historian, scholar and expert specializing on Holocaust and Genocide studies, racism and contemporary Jewry. Together with attorney Eitay Mack he has petitioned the Supreme Court to obligate the state to disclose documents connected to Israel’s relations with Serbia during the slaughter in 1995. 

Prof Yair Auron, Israeli Holocaust Scholar.

Prof Yair Auron, Israeli Holocaust Scholar.

In the only genocide to occur in Europe since the Holocaust, more than 8,500 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered by Serb forces in a UN-declared ‘safe area.’ Despite the evidence, denial of the atrocity continues.

By Yair Auron
Haaretz [originally published July 10, 2015]

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Even today, 20 years later, Hatidza Mehmedovic reconstructs the events of July, 1995, in precise detail. Day by day, hour by hour, apart from one black hole – the final hours in the lives of her husband, her two children, her two brothers and other members of her family.

Blindfolded Srebrenica victim in the Kozluk mass grave. Exhibit P642.15, Milosevic trial.  Photo courtesy: UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, Netherlands.

Blindfolded Srebrenica victim in the Kozluk mass grave. Exhibit P642.15, Milosevic trial. Photo courtesy: UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, Netherlands.

Mehmedovic, who is now 63, had lived since her childhood in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After the beginning of the war in Yugoslavia in 1991, more than 40,000 Bosnian Muslim refugees gathered in this area that the United Nations declared a “safe area” in 1993. However, in July of 1995 this area was anything but safe: The refugees were abandoned by the Dutch UN unit that was supposed to protect them from the Serbian forces in Bosnia headed by General Ratko Mladic. It is estimated that more than 8,500 Bosniaks were murdered there. Their corpses were loaded onto bulldozers, dumped into huge mass graves and later scattered into smaller mass graves in forests prior to the Dayton Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia on December 14, 1995. Some of the corpses have not been found to this day. Continue reading

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Srebrenica was Genocide, World Jewish Congress

On the 20th anniversary of the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has called on the world to do more against the on-going slaughter of innocent people in many countries, notably in the Middle East.

Lauder declared: “Today, the Jewish people are mourning the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica in 1995, the senseless murder of thousands and thousands of men and boys who were killed just because they were Bosnian Muslims. Continue reading

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Menachem Rosensaft Confronts Srebrenica Genocide Deniers

Menachem Rosensaft, Professor of law and son of Holocaust survivors.

Menachem Rosensaft, Professor of law and son of Holocaust survivors.

By Menachem Rosensaft
Professor of law and son of Holocaust survivors
Huffington Post

Twenty years ago, a place in eastern Bosnia called Srebrenica entered the annals of genocides alongside Auschwitz-Birkenau, Musa Dagh, and Butare.

Russia’s veto last week of a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have condemned “in the strongest terms the crime of genocide at Srebrenica” flies in the face of both history and international law. It is also fundamentally immoral.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, of course, was the most notorious of the Nazi death and concentration camps where the Holocaust of European Jewry was perpetrated. Musa Dagh is the region of the Ottoman Empire where several thousand Armenians resisted for 53 days in 1915 against the efforts to destroy them in what has become known as the Armenian Genocide. Butare is the Rwanda préfecture, or province, where it is estimated that 220,000 Tutsis were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbors and compatriots during that country’s 1994 genocide. Continue reading

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Denial of the Srebrenica Genocide in the Face of Science

“Bosnian Serb denial of the Srebrenica massacre is growing. Bosnian Muslim resentment of that denial is simmering.”

A forensic expert searches for remains of Bosnian Muslims in a mass grave near Srebrenica July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A forensic expert searches for remains of Bosnian Muslims in a mass grave near Srebrenica July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

By David Rohde
Reuters

Srebrenica, Bosnia — Scientific advances in DNA identification over the past 15 years have helped war-crimes investigators document to an unprecedented extent the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys around this town in 1995.

Yet even as these technological advances uncovered more damning evidence, many Bosnian Serbs have grown increasingly more resolute in their denial. Continue reading

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Srebrenica Genocide: We Must Unmask the New Deniers

By Oliver Kamm
The Jewish Chronicles

SREBRENICA: Remains of a baby bottle and baby clothing containing multiple bullet holes were excavated from the mass grave Suha in the Srebrenica region, near Bratunac. The massacre was committed by Serb Army around Srebrenica in 1992, more than 3 years before the Srebrenica genocide. The mass grave Suha contained bodies of 30 Bosniak women and 8 children with the youngest child being 2 years old. The events preceding and leading to the Srebrenica genocide included unprecedented levels of cruelty committed by Serb Army around Srebrenica against the civilian Bosniak population of Eastern Bosnia. In July 1995, crimes against humanity had culminated in a crime of genocide, when Serb Army overtook Srebrenica and summarily executed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys.

SREBRENICA: Remains of a baby bottle and baby clothing containing multiple bullet holes were excavated from the mass grave Suha in the Srebrenica region, near Bratunac. The massacre was committed by Serb Army around Srebrenica in 1992, more than 3 years before the Srebrenica genocide. The mass grave Suha contained bodies of 30 Bosniak women and 8 children with the youngest child being 2 years old. The events preceding and leading to the Srebrenica genocide included unprecedented levels of cruelty committed by Serb Army around Srebrenica against the civilian Bosniak population of Eastern Bosnia. In July 1995, crimes against humanity had culminated in a crime of genocide, when Serb Army overtook Srebrenica and summarily executed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys. (Credits)

Imagine entering “Auschwitz” into an online search engine and finding on the first page of results a site claiming that the gas chambers were a myth. Imagine the confusion of a schoolchild doing a history project if they were to do the same.

Fortunately the thought-experiment is unnecessary. Yes, there are hateful websites like that; but scholarship, testimony and the valiant efforts of bodies like the Holocaust Educational Trust confine the deniers to the fringe.

The same is sadly not true of a more recent genocide. The massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995 stands as the worst single atrocity in postwar Europe. Among the events to mark the 20th anniversary will be an international conference at Royal Holloway College, where I’ll be speaking. Preparing for it, and knowing what I’d find, I googled “Srebrenica”. I found immediately an article by Stephen Karganovic, from the Srebrenica Historical Project. The group is financed by the rump Republika Srpska in Bosnia; its currency is falsehood. The stuff these people put out argues the numbers of victims at Srebrenica have been exaggerated by western journalists, and that these were in any event combat deaths. If you stumble across this material it may seem plausible. In fact it’s the same argument, using the same techniques, as Holocaust denial. It’s xenophobic fakery. It retails minor details shorn of context as if they were substantive, it libels the victims, and above all it lies. Continue reading

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Photos: Serbian War Crimes in Bijeljina & Brcko (Bosnia, 1992)

At the very outset of the Serb-led ethnic cleansing campaign in Bosnia, thousands of Bosniak civilians — women, men, elderly and children — were persecuted, detained, tortured, sexually assaulted, and/or killed in the massacres in towns of Bijeljina and Brcko (close to the Serbian border). 

Na samom početku srpske kampanje etničkog čišćenja Bosne, na hiljade bošnjačkih civila – žena, muškaraca, starijih osoba i djece – su bili progonjeni, zatočeni, mučeni, seksualno zlostavljani, i / ili ubijeni u masakrima u gradovima Bijeljina i Brčko (u neposrednoj blizini granice sa Srbijom).

[Photos 1,2,3,4.E] The first day of Bosnian war (31 March 1992) Serb forces attack Bosnian town of Bijeljina and then hunt down and kill Bosniak civilians. Photo #3 features Arkan Tigers killing and kicking Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians with “Srdjan Golubovic” being identified as the person with a cigarette kicking an elderly woman that was shot by them.  (Photo: Ron Haviv)
[Slike 1,2,3,4.B] Prvi dan rata u Bosni (31. mart 1992) – lokalne srpske i srbijanske snage napadaju Bijeljinu, a zatim love i ubijaju civile bošnjačke nacionalnosti. Na slici # 3 Arkanovi Tigrovi ubijaju i šutiraju  Bošnjačke civile. Vojnik sa cigaretom u ruci koji šutira stariju ženu je identificiran kao Srđan Golubović. (Foto: Ron Haviv)

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Photo caption: see above / Foto objašnjenje: vidi gore.

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[3] Photo caption: see above / Foto objašnjenje: vidi gore.

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[4] Photo caption: see above / Foto objašnjenje: vidi gore.

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[5.E] Collection of photos showing executions of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians carried by Serb forces in the city of Brcko. 
Photo evidence (below), courtesy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague (ICTY), shows  how Serb police officer Goran Jelisic (aka: “Adolf Hitler” and “Serb Adolf”), was taking a great pleasure in killing Bosniak civilians. He couldn’t keep count how many he killed in total.
[5.B] Zbirka fotografija prikazuje pogubljenja bošnjačkih od strane srpskih snaga u gradu Brčko 1992 godine. Foto dokazi (ispod), izvor Međunarodnog krivičnog suda za bivšu Jugoslaviju u Haagu (ICTY), pokazuju kako srpski policajac Goran Jelisić (poznat kao “Adolf Hitler” i “srpski Adolf”) sa zadovoljstvom ubija civile bošnjačke nacionalnosti. Pošto je pogubio veliki broj civila, ni sam nije mogao precjeniti konačni broj ubistava.

 


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[6.E] Mirela, 23 and Senada Rizvanovic, 17 – both Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) sisters were viciously raped by Serbs in Brcko in 1992. (Photo: Nina Berman)
[6.B] Mirela, 23 i Senada Rizvanović, 17 – dvije bošnjačke sestre su brutalno silovane od strane Srba u Brčkom 1992. (Foto: Nina Berman)

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[7.E] Sabina Rizvanovic, 16, her sister Senada Rizvanovic, 17, and Mirela Rizvanovic, 23. They were rounded up with hundreds of other women and girls and then raped by Serb forces in Brcko. (Photo: Nina Berman)
[7.B] Sabina Rizvanović, 16, njena sestra Senada Rizvanović, 17, i Mirela Rizvanović, 23. su zajedno sa stotinama drugih žena i djevojčica bile brutalno silovane od strane srpskih snaga u Brčkom. (Foto: Nina Berman)


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[8.E] Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) woman Aziza (not her real name) is a 29-year-old mother of 3 who was raped in front of her children by Serbian troops at Brcko in 1992. After repeatedly raping her in front of her children, Serbs then urinated in her children’s mouths. During the entire month of December of 1992, the rapes continued and she was 2-months pregnant (at the time this picture was taken) and wants an abortion. There are at 25,000 documented cases of Bosnian Muslim women who were systematically raped during the Bosnian Genocide (1992-95).  (Photo: Sophie Elbaz)
[8.B] Bošnjačka žena Aziza (nije njeno pravo ime) je 29-godišnja majka troje djece koja je u više navrata silovana pred njenom djecom od strane srpskih vojnika u Brčkom 1992. godine. Nakon silovanja, srpski vojnici su se onda ispišali njenoj djeci usta. Tokom cijelog mjeseca decembra 1992. godine, nastavili su je silovati i ona je bila 2 mjeseca trudna (u vrijeme kad je ova slika snimljena) i željela je aborciju. Postoje 25.000 dokumentiranih slučajeva bošnjačkih žena koje su sistematski silovane tijekom Genocida u Bosni (1992-1995). (Foto: Sophie Elbaz)

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