Is­rael’s in­con­ve­nient truth

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE - Al­lan Wol­man

WRIT­ING about ANC big­otry in the opin­ion page of The Star (“ANC big­otry laid bare”, Jan­uary 18), Azad Essa uses the ti­tle of his col­umn as a ruse to at­tract at­ten­tion to the real meat of his piece, Maimame’s trav­els and the devil that Is­rael is.

He is re­ally ask­ing the ANC govern­ment to cut ties and close their em­bassy in Is­rael where he quotes some prime de­fend­ers of hu­man rights in the likes of Cuba, Venezuela, Bo­livia and Nicaragua who have done just that and Essa wants South Africa to cosy up a bit closer to these fine ex­am­ples of lib­erty and equal­ity.

While claim­ing that our au­thor­i­ties pro­cured water can­nons from Is­rael used against protest­ing stu­dents, it must be hard to swal­low given that those same au­thor­i­ties en­forced a ban on the pro­cure­ment of an Is­raeli de­vice called PrePex that al­lows for pain­less and safe cir­cum­ci­sion that could have saved the lives of count­less ini­ti­ates re­sult­ing from botched bush pro­ce­dures.

Another con­ve­nient whip­ping horse is our am­bas­sador to Is­rael whose pro­nounce­ments of some truths re­ally put some noses out of joint – that’s called an in­con­ve­nient truth.

Another thing that goes up Essa’s nose is some un­sub­stan­ti­ated story of an in­di­vid­ual rais­ing funds to send to Is­rael in times of war, some­thing that other or­gan­i­sa­tions have re­cently done for the vic­tims in Syria.

Now here’s some­thing that this Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist should know about is that a sim­i­lar amount of money was raised in Is­rael for the very same cause and some­thing else he should be well aware of is the thou­sands of wounded Syr­ian civil­ians be­ing treated in Is­raeli hos­pi­tals daily.

Why should an Al Jazeera jour­nal­ist work­ing for the most anti-Is­rael TV net­work on earth know these things?

Al Jazeera jour­nal­ists are based in Is­rael and have un­fet­tered free­dom to ply their trade in that coun­try – some­thing that they do with such un­sub­tle bias.

Un­for­tu­nately, the same can’t be said about those Al Jazeera jour­nal­ists de­tained in Egypt be­tween 2013 and 2015 and barred from other Arab coun­tries.

Why should a jour­nal­ist at the most anti-Is­rael net­work know?


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