Jessie Yasmin Duarte 61, deputy sectary-general of South African ruling party ANC and former special assistant to Nelson Mandela has compared the Jewish army’s current actions in Gaza with Nazi army’s actions against Jews in Germany during the Second World War.
“As we move towards the month of August and reminded of the atrocities of Nazi Germany, surely we must ask the people of Israel has the term “lest we forget” lost its meaning? The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camp. Of course the kill of any child irrespective of race, color or creed must be condemned and the death of three Israeli young people is surely as senseless as any other death. But for the state of Israel, the notion of an eye for an eye has become perpetual massacre with merciless revenge which has lasted for more than sixty years. It’s time to stop the killing now,” said Duarte. Read her entire official statement here.
On Friday, Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein, objected to Duarte’s comment and demanded that ANC force her to retract her statement which she has refused to do so far. The Rabbi blamed her for destroying “South African dream”, and asked her to debate with him on her accusations against the Zionist entity.
As expected, America’s highest paid (over $600,000 per year) Israeli lobbyist, Abraham Foxman, strongly condemned Duarte’s statement – calling it “irresponsible and unacceptable”.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called upon Pretoria government to cut all diplomatic relations with racist Israel.
“This government of ours must, not tomorrow but today, by a ticket for the ambassador of Israel, take him to the airport and send him back home. We want government to cut all diplomatic ties with the Israeli government. They should send a ticket to our ambassador in Tel Aviv and bring him back with his entire family, never to go back to that racist country,” said Vavi on Friday.
Historically, Duarte was very modest. In comparison, Zionist crimes are worse than Nazi crimes. For example, German Jews fought along with Nazis to defend their homeland against a war declared by the organized Jewry. In contrast. Palestinians are fight the organized Jewry which has occupied their ancestral land since 1948.
John Carlin interviewed Duarte after the death of former SA president Nelson Mandela. Read it here.