On Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:55 AM, South Africa Israel Public Affairs Committee <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Sleepless in Gonwandaland (Gone Wonderland)
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane can't sleep because of what is happening in Israel? What utter nonsense and dramatic infantile over-expression of utter pretentious emotive bullshit! Who does she think she is impressing? Certainly not intelligent people, but then, maybe they are not her target market.
The ANC government is not only an old ally of the PLO from the time they shared offices as clients of the USSR, they are also hugely and disproportionately influenced by the Muslims in the government and generous largesse from the Arab/Islamic countries. Hence the "romantic" garbage of "the Palestinian struggle is our struggle". Sleepless and clueless in Gonwandaland.
The ANC government of South Africa is a cesspool of corruption and stupidity to the detriment of their own people and the country. Sadly all its citizens will reap the wind because of it, particularly the impoverished masses that currently vote for them. The South African government should concentrate on building up its own people and country and stay out of things that not only don't concern them, but that they have no understanding of whatsoever. We all know the saying about fools rushing in.
Just as an aside, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is almost invisible in South Africa and is hardly ever seen or heard from. Rather, the two clowns she has as deputy ministers are vastly more visible and run the ministry. A clear case of the inmates running the asylum.
This silly woman is hugely influenced and overshadowed by her two deputy ministers, Ebrahim Ebrahim, a Muslim with an virulent anti-Israel agenda, not to mention the large chip on his shoulder, and Marius Fransman, an anti-Semite who doesn't have two neurons that spark simultaneously and is using anti-Jewish slurs to try and garner votes in next years national elections in South Africa.
Obviously Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is not losing sleep about the over 120,000 killed and hundreds being killed daily in the Syrian civil war nor the chemical attacks there either. The ANC government were great friends with Gaddafi and that country's implosion doesn't bother her. The Sudanese tragedy in Darfur didn't even make it to their radar screen. Iran is one of South Africa's great allies and have contributed hugely to the ANC's coffers and probably some of their prominent members as well. No criticism there about Iran's sponsorship of international terror or nuclear ambitions.... and the list goes on.
The poverty, crime, starvation, huge unemployment, the highest rape statistics in the world, corruption, nepotism and South Africa's rapid reversal into Darkest Africa and backwardness leaves her with a most restful night. Oops, sorry, I forgot she is already not sleeping thanks to Israel and the "poor" Palestinians. South Africa's infrastructure is falling apart and this can be seen in most large cities such as Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban and in hundreds of dorps (villages) throughout the country. I have just been on an extended trip through South Africa and it is there for all to see. The exception is the Western Cape and Cape Town which are successfully and properly governed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) opposition. The ANC of course is trying to make this province and city ungovernable and with elections due next year in May, have in their paranoia and desire for control and power started the dirtiest of tactics and of course the Jews are such convenient scapegoats as is always the case.
The minister's endeavour to co-opt the South African Jewish Board of Deputies is a weak and childish ploy and attempt at justification. I can't wait to see if the Board of Deputies has the courage to reply to this vacuous woman in the strongest terms. I have my doubts. It is time for the Jews of South Africa to confront the ANC government vigorously and in the strongest terms starting at the top with President Jacob Zuma and getting public clarification from him, as if it isn't clear what the ANC are up to and what their intentions are.
What is abundantly clear is ANC policy which is getting incrementally more and more anti-Israel and more anti-Semitic. Recent events in the Western Cape with the idiotic Marius Fransman's anti-Semitic statements and the lack of stopping him publicly or at all by Zuma or the ANC leadership, sends a very clear message.
As far as its policy on Israel is concerned, the ANC is not being driven by logic nor evidence, but rather by their buying into the Arab/Islamic agenda and evil. The benefits of bribery and corruption are immediate and short term. Its effects on South Africans will be long term. The ANC will not be in power forever, even Mugabe, who they now seem to be emulating and have always supported, is not forever. Eventually their own people will get rid of them.
The writing is clearly on the wall for South African Jews in a bright flashing neon sign.
If the ANC does not want us as Jews to live in South Africa, we will go. In all humility and gratitude to Hashem, the Jewish people have survived for thousand of years and we and Israel will certainly will survive the ANC and we will do so with them being a far distant feint memory if at all.. The ANC and the government it has spawned will eventually become like the Big Hole of Kimberley. Once filled with vast potential and riches, but now a sterile water-logged hole that one can only stare at for so long and then move on, if you can be bothered to go to Kimberley and witness that town's faded glory fading faster and faster. This is how the world ends, covered by the dusts of times, stupidity and neglect.
The ANC government needs to get a clear message. Will it heed the message? I don't think it will even register with them. Zero on their political Richter Scale. When it finally registers with the ANC that they are a failed party and government, expect the usual from Africa. Democracy goes out the window and we will have a coup d'état when they lose their first election.
South Africa belongs to us all, to every citizen, whatever colour or creed. History will record that once there was a country called South Africa that could have been a real shining light with potential that all its peoples could benefit from, but sadly it was not to be for all the same reasons Africa had already shown so many times before. The dark curse of Islam needs to be lifted from our age. Cry the beloved country!
The South African Israel Public Affairs Committee
By Times of Israel staff November 2, 2013, 7:59 am
South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. (Photo credit: US Department of State/Wikimedia Commons)
“The struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle” and South Africa has decided to “slow down” and “curtail senior leadership contact” with the Israeli “regime,” South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday.
“Our Palestinian friends have never asked us to disengage with Israel [through cutting diplomatic relations]. They had asked us in formal meetings to not engage with the regime,” Nkoana-Mashabane was quoted by South African website News24 as telling a Congress of South African Trade Unions international relations committee meeting on Friday. The Congress of South African Trade Unions supports a boycott of Israeli products and has in the past accused Israel of practicing apartheid.
“Ministers of South Africa do not visit Israel currently. Even the Jewish Board of Deputies that we engage with here, they know why our ministers are not going to Israel,” she added.
Nkoana-Mashabane further said that South Africa has ”agreed to slow down and curtail senior leadership contact with that regime until things begin to look better.”
“The struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle,” she asserted.
South Africa on Friday criticized Israel’s plans, announced on Tuesday, to build at least 5,000 new settlement units including some beyond the security barrier, according to reports.
“That arrangement there in Palestine keeps us awake,” Nkoana-Mashabane said.
“The last time I looked at the map of Palestine, I could not go to sleep. It is just dots, smaller than those of the homelands, and that broke my heart,”" she said, referring to the bantustans that existed in South Africa during the apartheid era.
The meeting was also addressed by a group campaigning for the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
According to AFP, the campaign began on “October 25 at Robben Island, the former prison where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in jail.”
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu threw his support behind the campaign, calling for the “release of imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi and other Palestinian political prisoners,” according to News24.
“I am proud to associate myself with the global campaign for the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and other Palestinian political prisoners,” Tutu said in a statement quoted by the website.
South Africa has been a harsh critic of Israel, with prominent figures often drawing parallels between between the country’s apartheid era and Israel today, slamming Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians, and voicing support for cultural, economic and educational boycotts of Israel.
In June, the former South African ambassador to Israel accused the Jewish state of practicing apartheid and indicated that it is built on “stolen” land.
An anti-Israel rally in Johannesburg last year. (photo credit: CC BY Meraj Chhaya, Flickr)
“I have supported the struggle against Apartheid South Africa and now I cannot be a proponent of what I have witnessed in Israel, and that is, a replication of Apartheid!” Ismail Coovadia proclaimed in a letter to a group of pro-Palestinian filmmakers.
The statement drew a harsh reaction from Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem, who said Coovadia was not acting like a diplomat and castigated his “uncouth” rhetoric. He served as ambassador until December 2012.
In 2010, during the Mavi Marmara incident when Israeli forces raided a Turkish boat seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, leading to the deaths of nine Turkish citizens, South Africa temporarily recalled its ambassador and summed the Israeli ambassador for talks.