Mo­go­eng’s con­text of Is­rael, Pales­tine equa­tion in­ap­pro­pri­ate

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CHIEF Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng says his state­ments were quoted out of con­text and that is why he has been vil­i­fied. In his at­tempt to pro­vide the miss­ing con­text he de­scends into silli­ness. He says he loves ev­ery­one – Jews, Chris­tians and Pales­tini­ans. Won­der­ful.

Nowhere in his de­fence does he state clearly that the Pales­tini­ans are the op­pressed and the Is­raelis the op­pres­sors. It’s akin to an ob­server of apartheid South Africa say­ing I love the Afrikan­ers and the black peo­ple. So what?

He ven­tures into the as­pect of for­give­ness. As in the case of South Africa, only when the apartheid gov­ern­ment de­cided to end its pol­icy of dis­crim­i­na­tion did the ques­tion of for­give­ness arise and so we had the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion.

So the CJ again presents a con­text that is plainly in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Per­haps his most ridicu­lous con­tention is that South Africa can play a use­ful role as a me­di­a­tor be­tween the Is­raelis and the Pales­tini­ans if, first, we do not crit­i­cise ei­ther side and will there­fore be re­garded as an hon­est, un­bi­ased bro­ker, and sec­ond, given our suc­cess in reach­ing a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment that ended apartheid, we thus have some spe­cial skills to end this long­stand­ing prob­lem.

The CJ is ei­ther bliss­fully ig­no­rant or wil­fully blind to the de­vel­op­ments over the past 27 years when the

Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans signed the Oslo Ac­cords, the so-called Peace Process, which gave a vague un­der­tak­ing that the Pales­tini­ans will have an in­de­pen­dent state on the land oc­cu­pied by Is­rael dur­ing the Six Days War of 1967, if they aban­doned their armed strug­gle.

Not only does Is­rael ig­nore in­ter­na­tional law (UN res­o­lu­tions, the Geneva Con­ven­tions, etc) with im­punity but also ve­he­mently con­demns any crit­i­cism of its con­tin­u­ous bru­tal ac­tion against the Pales­tini­ans and from the mo­ment that the agree­ment was signed, ag­gres­sively pur­sued its coloni­sa­tion of the land osten­si­bly ear­marked for a Pales­tinian state.

When the 1993 so-called peace deal was signed there were around 150 000 Jews in the land cap­tured in 1967 (the West Bank and East Jerusalem).

To­day there are 700 000 liv­ing there in vast hous­ing es­tates. The two-state so­lu­tion was in re­al­ity a two-state delu­sion.

To­day any sug­ges­tion that Is­rael should with­draw to the 1967 bor­der is dis­missed with con­tempt. Even the sug­ges­tion of a vi­able, in­de­pen­dent state of Pales­tine (which was the idea im­plied in the so-called peace deal) is re­jected out­right. Is­rael has de­clared that it will an­nex all of the set­tle­ments whose mu­nic­i­pal bound­aries gob­ble up 40% of the West Bank.

Hence the idea of the Pales­tini­ans hav­ing a state is dead in the wa­ter.

One ques­tion for the CJ: which Is­rael do you recog­nise? Is­rael as it de­clared it­self in 1948 on 72% of his­toric Pales­tine. Or Is­rael post-1967 Six Day War when it an­nexed East Jerusalem and Syria’s Golan Heights and the 40% of the West Bank which it wants to an­nex? Or the Is­rael that God is said to have de­clared “from the River to the Sea” as the holy land of the Jews (the River Jor­dan to the Mediter­ranean Sea)? Which Is­rael are you re­fer­ring to?

Fi­nally, the CJ says that if we con­demn Is­rael then God will bring damna­tion on to our na­tion. So this man of jus­tice says that we should not crit­i­cise the in­jus­tice that the Pales­tini­ans suf­fer at the hands of Is­rael be­cause God will be an­gry.

The God of peace and mercy will cer­tainly not be happy with such a dis­torted car­i­ca­ture of His teach­ings.

CHIEF Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng

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