Israel’s critics hob-nob with despots
MMUSI Maimane’s trip to Israel has upset the ruling party, according to a report in this newspaper (January 13).
A DA spokesman said there was never an instruction by President Jacob Zuma that Maimane should not visit Israel.
If the democracy we live is to make sense, how can our government instruct anyone not to visit another country? Don’t we enjoy freedom of movement as enshrined in our constitution?
But while our president has said on countless occasions that he, together with his government, supports an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, how can this come about without constructive engagement and seeking of facts on the ground, something that Maimane seems to be doing?
Are our rulers and their supporters afraid to discover the myth that they have been fed by the likes of those “progressive” bodies whose only agenda is Israel’s destruction? Opposing official visits to Israel must fly in the face of our president and other government officials’ numerous visits to Russia. Russia is occupying parts of Ukraine, and has been and still is conducting its murderous campaign of vicious bombing of schools and hospitals in Aleppo, killing thousands of people including children. The country continues to bomb other parts of Syria where the death toll – ably assisted by Russians jets – has reached almost half a million people.
Opposing official visits to Israel must again fly in the face of the official visits to China, which has occupied Tibet for more than 50 years.
But these critics of Israel don’t seem to have any problem hobnobbing with the likes of Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, a wanted war criminal responsible for the death of almost a million of his countrymen.
Some of the world’s worst human rights violators are regular hosts to our ruling party officials in the likes of Cuba, Iran, China, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
But such visits don’t seem to bother those hypocritical critics of Israel.
Don’t we enjoy freedom of movement?
NONSENSICAL: The ANC has denied that President Jacob Zuma instructed DA leader Mmusi Maimane not to visit Israel. The writer said opposing official visits to Israel flies in the face of Zuma and officials visiting countries that violate human rights.