Israel’s inconvenient truth
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?