S. Africa accused of being anti-Semitic for curtailing its relations with Israel

Avidgor Lieberman accused the South African government with creating an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic atmosphere.

S. Africa accused of being anti-Semitic for curtailing its relations with Israel

Abdurrahman Aydın / World Bulletin 

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the International Relations Minister of South Africa, told South African ministers last week to not visit Israel, although she did not officially order them to cut diplomatic relations with Israel.

She stated at a Cosatu international relations committee meeting "Ministers of South Africa do not visit Israel currently. Even the Jewish Board of Deputies that we engage with here, they know why our ministersare not going to Israel."

Responding to her statement, Avidgor Lieberman, Israel’s former foreign minister, accused her and South Africa of “anti-Semitism.”

He wrote on his Facebook page “The comments by the South African foreign minister at the weekend, that South African government ministers will no longer visit Israel as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians, are a combination of hypocrisy and classic anti-Semitism.”

Lieberman went further and even claimed with out any evidence, “The South African government is creating an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic atmosphere, which will result in pogroms against the country’s Jews. I call on all Jews still living there to make aliya as soon as possible, before it is toolate.”

In his The Electronic Intifada blog, Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian activist and author, explained “Aliya” as “the Hebrew word for government-subsidized Jewish immigration and colonization in present-day Israel and the occupied West Bank”. He noted that “Lieberman’s attempt to frighten and intimidate South African Jews into leaving their country recalls a similar, unsuccessful appeal by then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who demanded almost a decade ago that all of France’s Jews must flee their country to escape “anti-Semitism”.”

Wendy Kahn, national director of South Africa’s Jewish Board of Deputies, also criticized Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. He said the minister’s policy amounted to “discriminatory punitive measures” against Israel.

For the majority of South Africans, there is a big similarity between the Apartheid policies of the former White supremacist South African regime and Israel’s policy of colonization in Palestine. This can clearly be observed in the statement of the South African International Relations Minister who said “The last time I saw a map of Palestine, I couldn’t go to sleep. It is just dots, smaller than those of the homelands, and that broke my heart.”

“Homelands” is a reference to the bantustans; so-called independent states established by the former apartheid regime in the 1970s to convince the world public opinion that black South Africans had independence.

The bantustan solution intended to hide the white supremacist nature of the South African regime behind a mask of black “sovereignty”.

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CHRISTOPHER LEE
CHRISTOPHER LEE - 6 yıl Before

I AM 43, HAVE LIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA ALL MY LIFE AND CAN CONFIRM THAT THE CURRENT DISPENSATION IS INDEED ANTI-SEMITES. ITS NO SURPRISE THOUGH AS THERE HAS LONG BEEN PENETRATION INTO UPPER GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES BY ISRAEL’S ADVERSARIES.

Shaul Lavan
Shaul Lavan - 6 yıl Before

Aydin claims that the majority of South Africans think Israel is an apartheid state. 95% of South Africans don't even think about this issue. It may be true of Sotuh Africa's foreign policy elite, which is heavily dominated by its Muslim minority.

Shaul Lavan
Shaul Lavan - 6 yıl Before

The core issue in the Arab-Israeli conflict is not "settlements" "colonialism", ... but Arab refusal to accept a permanent Israel, no matter how small, no matter what its boundaries. And israel has every right to exist. More than half of its citizens are descendants of JEWISH REFUGEES FROM ARAB COUNTRIES.