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Why Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu Oppose Israeli Apartheid and
Support BDS

Nelson Mandela – a long-time opponent of Israeli Apartheid

Christian fundamentalist supporters of Sodastream – 20 years ago the same people supported South African Apartheid

Black Zionist who tells anti-Zionist Jews they should have been annihilated by Hitler – and then claims that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu would have agreed with them!

PSC stall in background as we hand leaflets out

One of many PSC leafletters

Zionists looking demoralised as they are shunned by the public

one of the Zionists tries putting on imaginary handcuffs (for Palestinians of course)

Simon – the Zionist jester looking non-too pleased

Christian Zionist (potty mouth) holds up poster proclaiming Jews have lived  in Palestine for 3,000 years (actually dear they were Canaanites then!)

handing out leaflets

At the regular Saturday picket today, local Zionists hit on a new ploy.  They go into the shop, buy
something and then claim it as some kind of victory.  Meanwhile over 90%
of members of the public who we talk to, don’t want anything to do with an
apartheid shop.  Of course there are few reactionaries who enter the citadels of Israel’s apartheid shop.  But there were also people who gleefully broke the anti-Nazi boycott of Germany between 1933 and 1939.

Every week we are in danger of running out of leaflets as
the Zionists stand around gossiping at their stall or hurling a few insults at
us, which results in normal people finding that if the supporters of a cause
are obnoxious, then the cause itself must be obnoxious.

The picketers are mainly Christian fundamentalists and Jewish
Zionists.   The former even have a Black woman who tries to pretend
that South African Apartheid and Zionist Apartheid are not the same and that
she supports Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu!  Today this particular creature told me, and
it was recorded, that I should have been annihilated by Hitler.  Such lovely people the Zionists mix with!

She gets particularly angry when told that the heroes of the Anti-Apartheid
struggle saw Israel as an apartheid state and hence support BDS.  However the evidence is quite clearOn the occasion of his visit to Israel in 1999 Mandela stated that ‘To the many people who have questioned why I came, I say: Israel worked
very closely with the apartheid regime. I say: I’ve made peace with
many men who slaughtered our people like animals. Israel cooperated with
the apartheid regime, but it did not participate in any atrocities‘.  Indeed he was being very diplomatic.  Dr Verwoerd, South Africa’s former Prime Minister described Israel as a fellow partner in crime:

‘The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. In this I agree with them. Israel like South Africa is an apartheid state. Rand Daily Mail 23. 11. 1961.’   Indeed from the very beginning of Zionism, there was an affinity with the white settlers of Southern Africa.  To Cecil Rhodes, the British imperialist after whom Rhodesia is named, Theodor Herzl wrote:  ‘Please give me a statement saying you have examined my programme and found it appropriate. And why do I come to you, Mr Rhodes, you will ask. Because- my programme is. a colonial programme.’ T Herzl; Diaries, , Vol III p.l05

Anti-Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela demands end to Israeli Apartheid

Mandela (born 18 July 1918)  is a former President of South Africa (the
first to be elected in fully democratic election) 1994 to 1999. Before his
presidency, Mandela was an anti-Apartheid activist and the leader of the
African National Congress (ANC). Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending
many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11
February 1990, Mandela supported reconciliation and negotiation, and helped
lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. He was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (see) In this letter, Arjan El Fassed, mimicks a similar letter Friedman wrote, purporting to be from George Bush to Yasser Arafat.  Instead it is from Nelson Mandela to Friedman!

Mandela, Letter to Thomas L. Friedman (columnist
New York Times) (March 2001):

“March 30, 2001

To: Thomas L. Friedman (columnist New York Times)
From: Nelson Mandela (former President South Africa)

Dear Thomas,

I know that you and I long for peace in the Middle East, but before you
continue to talk about necessary conditions from an Israeli perspective, you
need to know what’s on my mind. Where to begin? How about 1964. Let me quote
my own words during my trial. They are true today as they were then:

“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black
domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in
which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It
is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is
an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Today the world, black and white, recognise that apartheid has no future. In
South Africa it has been ended by our own decisive mass action in order to
build peace and security. That mass campaign of defiance and other actions
could only culminate in the establishment of democracy.

Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more
specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between
Palestinians and Israelis, as an apartheid system. This is because you
incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was
demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New
York Times on March 27, 2001.

You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be
solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of
Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation
and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and
happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling
for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like
we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party,
Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in
1967; that settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli
sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would
be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land,
air, water and sea.

Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”.
The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep
the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could
have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this
takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or
bi-national state, or to turn into a state of apartheid not only de facto,
but also de jure.

Thomas, if you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years, you
clearly find a vulgar racism that includes a third of the population who
openly declare themselves to be racist. This racism is of the nature of
“I hate Arabs” and “I wish Arabs would be dead”. If you
also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is
discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 occupied territories you
will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent
two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the
other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to
property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognised as private
property because it can be confiscated.

As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an
additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are
bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the
Israeli apartheid system.

The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in
order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel. Israel’s racial discrimination is
daily life of most Palestinians. Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews
are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do. Palestinian Arabs
have no place in a “Jewish” state.

Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of
Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of
gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically
incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of
international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian
population, in particular children.

The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from
the removal policies and apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what
Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just
and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its apartheid policies.

Thomas, I’m not abandoning Mideast diplomacy. But I’m not going to indulge
you the way your supporters do. If you want peace and democracy, I will
support you. If you want formal apartheid, we will not support you. If you
want to support racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing, we will oppose
you. When you figure out what you’re about, give me a call.” [1].

Nelson Mandela speech on International Day of Solidarity with the
Palestinians (excerpt)
“The temptation in our situation is to speak
in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine
to a state of their own. We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and
fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. Having achieved our
own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties
that others faces. Yet we would be less than human if we did so.
behooves all South Africans, themselves erstwhile beneficiaries of generous
international support, to stand up and be counted among those contributing
actively to the cause of freedom and justice.
during the days of negotiations, our own experience taught us that the
pursuit of human fraternity and equality — irrespective of race or religion
— should stand at the centre of our peaceful endeavours. The choice is not
between freedom and justice, on the one hand, and their opposite, on the
other. Peace and prosperity; tranquility and security are only possible if
these are enjoyed by all without discrimination.
It is
in this spirit that I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the
universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood.” [2].
Arjan El-Fassed, “Letter from Nelson Mandel to Thomas Friedman”, Bint Jbeil,
March 2001:
Edward. C. Corrigan, “Israel and apartheid: a fair comparison?”,, 2
March 2010:
In case there is still any doubt left about where Mandela and Tutu stand
then the article on the Christian Fundamentalist site ‘Why Israel’
should dispel all illusions:

South Africa’s Boycott of Israel Is Mandela’s Legacy

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By Giulio Meotti.. The South African government instructed that products made
in Judea and Samaria not be labeled as “products of Israel.” Israel’s deputy
foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, vehemently declared that South Africa “remains
an apartheid state,” which is now turning its discrimination against
Israel. A post-apartheid Pretoria boycotting Jerusalem is one of the more
powerful victories for the boycott and divestment campaign. And it’s Nelson
Mandela’s legacy.
On March 30, 2001, the anti-apartheid icon Mandela sent a letter to the
American journalist Thomas Friedman. Israel, said Mandela, is “not a country
that was established normally.”

Rather, it had “occupied another country.” He accused Israelis of indulging
in “a vulgar racism.” And then came the peak of his anti-Jewish hatred: “Israel
has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has
perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality.” This is
“an apartheid system.”

Since then, the definition of the Jewish State as an “apartheid state” has
become the code word for evil. The labeling of Israel as an “apartheid state”
is the embodiment of the new anti-Semitism.
Historically, black leaders in South Africa such as Desmond Tutu viewed the
Jews as a part of the “capitalist camp,” and therefore exploitative of the
blacks. Neo Mnumzama, chief representative of the ANC (Mandela’s party) at the
United Nations, called Zionism an “ally of apartheid” and “an accomplice in the
perpetuation of the crimes of Pretoria against the South African people.”

Mandela fabricated the comparison between Israel and South Africa. In his
twisted version: both are small bastions of Western values and interests
surrounded by a larger and non-Western people; both govern hostile majorities,
using force and denying rights to subjugate them; both are run by nationalistic,
racist governments unwilling to grant rights to these people but anxious to
exploit labor. However, Mandela concealed the truth: in South Africa’s
apartheid, there were 26 million blacks and 6 million whites, while in Israel
there is a Jewish majority and a minority of Arabs who attack the Jews.

The special relationship between Israel and South Africa, according to
Mandela, was an unholy alliance between pariah states (during the apartheid
era, most of the black African states broke relations with Israel). The truth
was another thing, however: like blacks in America before the civil rights
movement, or in South Africa under apartheid, Israeli Jews and their connection
to the holy land have been erased from the environment by the Arabs. It’s
Palestinian anti-Semitism, not Israel’s Jewish democracy, which must be
compared to apartheid’s Aryanism.

In 2000, the American Jewish Committee canceled a Washington luncheon
scheduled to honor Mandela after he said that 13 Jews tried for “espionage”
(read: Judaism and Zionism) in Iran were receiving a “fair trial.” While Jews —
including community leaders and a rabbi — were presented as agents of Israel
and the US, Mandela was laying a wreath on the grave of Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution, and warmly greeting his
successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In 1990, Mandela likened Israel to a “terrorist state” and declared that “we
do not regard the PLO as a terrorist organization. If one has to refer to any
parties as a terrorist state, one might refer to the Israeli government because
they are the people who are slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the
occupied territories.”

In 1999 Mandela supported the Palestinian use of violence. With Yasser
Arafat seated next to him at a Palestinian Legislative Council session in Gaza
City, Mandela said: “All men and women with vision choose peace rather than
confrontation, except in cases where we cannot proceed, where we cannot move
forward. Then if the only alternative is violence, we will use violence.”
“Arafat and Mandela – Freedom and Victory,” read one of the Palestinian
Authority banners hoisted in Gaza for the visit. A few weeks later, the
Palestinians began the Second Intifada. Fifteen hundred Jewish civilians have
since been killed in suicide attacks and shootings; 10,000 have been wounded.

We should also mention Mandela’s friendship with Colonel Gaddafi (“my
brother leader”) and his endorsement of Gaddafi’s long refusal to surrender for
trial those accused of the Lockerbie atrocity.
Under Mandela’s apartheid analogy, the World Conference against Racism, held
by the United Nations in Durban in 2001, was transformed into a racist
conference against Israel. In the same city where President Mbeki held his
festival of victory against real apartheid, another death sentence was passed
for the Jews. Many black leaders were involved in the Durban proto-Nazi saga.

Nelson Mandela might be a symbol of goodness for many, but as the recent
boycott has proven, for Israel’s Jews, Mandela has been an enabler of

‘In an article ‘Africans for Israel: A breath of fresh air’ the Jerusalem
Post carried an op ed
 which told readers that ‘it would not be
true to say that all Black Africans oppose Zionism and Israel.  A breath of fresh air was welcome on June 28
in the form of a peaceful and dignified protest, Africans for Israel, organized
by the African Christian Democratic Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party. They
were joined by the Shembe Church, estimated to have one million followers, many
of them ANC members. The ACDP in turn invited the South African Zionist
Federation to join among others.;
The only problem with this is that Inkatha and Buthelezi were African
quisling groups who collaborated with Apartheid.  The ANC only took Buthulezi into government to
avoid bloodshed in Natal but his record was one of collaboration with
apartheid.  Given the close ties Israel and
Apartheid South Africa, which included a visit by Buthulezi to Israel during
the Apartheid years, it is no surprise that Buthulezi is now opposed to BDS

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