A Call from South Africa…

As posted on the website: http://www.endtheoccupation.org.za/index.html

A call from South Africa….

We, South Africans who faced the might of unjust and brutal apartheid machinery in South Africa and fought against it with all our strength, with the objective to live in a just, democratic society, refuse today to celebrate the existence of an Apartheid state in the Middle East. […]

There is much criticism of those that apply the apartheid comparison. He are some of the details of the comparison:

When we think of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, we also remember the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948.

When we think of South Africa’s Bantustan policy, we remember the bantustanisation of Palestine by the Israelis.

When we think of our heroes who languished on Robben Island and elsewhere, we remember the 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.

When we think of the massive land theft perpetrated against the people of South Africa, we remember that the theft of Palestinian land continues with the building of illegal Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

When we think of the Group Areas Act and other such apartheid legislation, we remember that 93% of the land in Israel is reserved for Jewish use only.

When we think of Black people being systematically dispossessed in South Africa, we remember that Israel uses ethnic and racial dispossession to strike at the heart of Palestinian life.

When we think of how the SADF troops persecuted our people in the townships, we remember that attacks from tanks, fighter jets and helicopter gunships are the daily experience of Palestinians in the Occupied Territory.

When we think of the SADF attacks against our neighbouring states, we remember that Israel deliberately destabilises the Middle East region and threatens international peace and security, including with its 100s of nuclear warheads.

We who have fought against Apartheid and vowed not to allow it to happen again can not allow Israel to continue perpetrating apartheid, colonialism and occupation against the indigenous people of Palestine.

We dare not allow Israel to continue violating international law with impunity.

We will not stand by while Israel continues to starve and bomb the people of Gaza.

We who fought all our lives for South Africa to be a state for all its people demand that millions of Palestinian refugees must be accorded the right to return to the homes from where they were expelled.

Apartheid was a gross violation of human rights. It was so in South Africa and it is so with regard to Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians!

 

4 responses to “A Call from South Africa…

  1. As evidenced by the brain drain that has hit South Africa over the last few
    years, and the number of South Africans living in Europe it’s a sad fact that many South Africans themselves felt threatened by a sort of “Xenophobia” when they lived in their own country and decided to leave.

  2. Comparing South African apartheid with the problems of the Palestinians is nuts! Did you go to school at all?

  3. Jim,
    where did you go to school? Clearly somewhere top of the line given your very clever and articulate argument. I’m not sure I agree with Sheri’s arguments or conclusion but I do know the heart they were made from is one that cares deeply about people. Your comments seem to come only from someone who wants to start problems.

  4. playfulspirit

    Jim and Callie (and everyone really),
    Thanks for reading.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    I like when my ramblings, musings, rantings and general mumblings bring about conversation and exchange of ideas. And I want to hear others’ thoughts, ramblings, musings etc. I want folks to feel “safe” to post their thinking here – if it agress with mine or not.

    What I don’t want is personal attacks, insults, and the like. Both of these comments seem to me to be more an a chance to “beat up” on the person than comment on the ideas. So in the spirit of “my sandbox, my rules” I want to say that there is no throwing sand please.

    I generally don’t delete comments, but I do if they seem to be just “throwing sand”.
    Thanks.
    Peace, Sher

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