ANC mak­ing a mock­ery of SA’s past

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ro­lene Marks

THE ANC’s state­ment re­gard­ing DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s re­cent visit to Is­rael refers.

There is noth­ing more fright­en­ing in life than hav­ing to face your fears head-on.

The ANC and sup­port­ers within the ranks of the BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions) move­ment seem to have an al­most patho­log­i­cal fear of South Africans, es­pe­cially those in in­flu­en­tial or de­ci­sion­mak­ing roles who visit the Jewish state and dis­cover, much to the shock and hor­ror of the above-men­tioned or­gan­i­sa­tions, that Is­rael is in fact a plu­ral­is­tic and ro­bust democ­racy.

Flawed maybe, demo­cratic.

Is­rael is cer­tainly not an apartheid state as has been stated time and time again by those who have had the courage but and fore­sight to come and see for them­selves – some of those folks have even been former BDS sup­port­ers.

One should ap­plaud Maimane who has dis­played char­ac­ter­is­tics that hon­our true lead­ers who find out the facts for them­selves and look for pos­si­ble solutions for both coun­tries.

Sadly, the ANC’s hys­ter­i­cal hand-wring­ing cou­pled with some of the most of­fen­sive tones such as the age-old stereo­types that “the al­le­ga­tions that the DA is funded and con­trolled by apartheid Is­rael sym­pa­this­ers seems to be true” is dan­ger­ous and anti-Semitic.

I be­lieve that both Oliver Tambo and Nel­son Man­dela who en­cour­aged di­a­logue and bridge-build­ing would turn in their graves at the bla­tant in­tol­er­ance and ac­cu­sa­tion shown in this state­ment rather than at the DA leader meet­ing Is­rael, which they would ap­plaud.

Mon­day had been Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day in the US when this icon of civil and hu­man rights who was a fer­vent Zion­ist was re­mem­bered.

After read­ing the ap­palling state­ment by the ANC that makes a mock­ery of both South Africa’s his­tory of di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, I can­not help but think of the quote that ex­pressed the tenets of this great man who fa­mously said: “When peo­ple crit­i­cise Zion­ists they mean Jews, you are talk­ing anti-Semitism.”

I ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to all peace-lov­ing South Africans who seek to build bridges and find pos­i­tive solutions to please come and visit our beau­ti­ful, flawed, thriv­ing democ­racy and see the facts on the ground for your­self.

Don’t let those that are anti-nor­mal­i­sa­tion and peace dic­tate your move­ments – this just hear­kens back to South Africa’s tragic past.


Modi’in, Is­rael

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