“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestinians,” said Nelson Mandela, late President of South Africa.
On August 8, over 100,000 South African Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists and Jews marched in support of Palestinian resistance to parliament in Cape Town. It was the largest ever rally since the release of Nelson Mandela after severing 28 years in jail as “terrorist” on February 11, 1990.
Bishop Desmond Tutu who fought against South African apartheid regime for years, addressed the rally. He asked the crowd to chant: “We are opposed to the injustice of the illegal occupation of Palestine. We are opposed to the indiscriminate killing in Gaza. We are opposed to the indignity meted out to Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks. We are opposed to violence perpetrated by all parties. But we are not opposed to Jews.”
The very next day, Cape Town organized Jewry held a pro-Israel rally under tight police security, which attracted not more than 3,000 people. The rally was organized by the South African Jewish Board of deputies and S.A Zionist Federation, two very powerful pro-Israel lobby groups under the White Apartheid rule. Every time Israel attacks its neighboring countries, these two group create a Jewish “siege mentally” by propagating lies about S.A. leaders who dare to criticize the Zionist regime.
Wendy Kahn, the national director of the S.A. Jewish Board of Deputies, whined that country’s Jewish community is under threat as result of the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict, for which she accused Hamas. She claimed the heightened security during the rally was “due to global threats against Jewish people, which have resulted in physical assaults against Jews in Belgium, France, UK and Australia. Incidentally all these countries are ruled by pro-Israel governments which makes very easy to create “anti-Semitic” hoaxes.
The Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) reported on August 15, 2014 that the S.A. Jewish Board of Deputies has threatened to sue Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of trade union umbrella body COSTUU for posting a quote from his Bible on his Facebook page.
“The time has come say very clearly that if a woman or child is killed in Gaza, then the Jewish Board of Deputies, who are complicit, will feel the wrath of people of S.A. with the old age biblical teaching of an “eye for an eye”. The time has come for the conflict to be waged everywhere the Zionist supporters fund and condone the killing machine of Israel,” Ehrenreich wrote.
On August 14, Tony Ehrenreich refused to fall on his knees as David Cameron does in front of UK Jewish Board of Deputies. In a statement he said that he will stand by his “eye for an eye” comment, which is a biblical commandment and has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.
Earlier this week, Bishop Tutu called for the suspension of Israel from the International Union of Architects, which was meeting in South Africa. He called upon the Israeli delegate attending the meeting to take this message home: “Liberation of Palestine will liberate Israel, too.”
Professor Steven Friedman (University of Johannesburg) , on the other hand, laughed off Jews as paranoid, which he said is “absolutely central to the community”. Listen to his speech below.
“The ways in which the Israeli government ensures support around the world is to create an atmosphere of fear. Jews over centuries were persecuted in many European countries. It has become a part of Jewish memory,” said Friedman.
Let us not forget, Jews are not the only paranoid people in South Africa. The “Israeli allies” in the past, the supremacist White Africans community is also in the same boat. Read a satire posted by Ray Charlston at Diversity Chronicle on August 12, 2014.