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Esther Meshoe, Daughter of Prominent South African MP, ‘Saddened’ by ‘Propaganda’ Accusing Israel of Apartheid (VIDEO)

August 19, 2013 1:30 pm 16 comments
Esther Meshoe, daughter of South African MP Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, says

Another prominent South African voice spoke up for Israel this past week, slamming the “propaganda” that tries to equate Palestinian conditions to those endured by blacks at the hands of white Afrikaners, Democracy Broadcasting reported.

“There is no apartheid in Israel. My parents have suffered through apartheid,” said Esther Meshoe, daughter of Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, a 19-year member of the South African Parliament, founder and president of the African Christian Democratic Party, and pastor of a South African Church, in a video uploaded to YouTube last week.

Being a black person in apartheid-era South Africa “you couldn’t be treated in the same hospital as the white people, but in Israel” it’s different Meshoe said. “A family friend of ours went to Israel two years ago and he was in an accident, unfortunately. But he was taken to a hospital, and on his right was a Jew, on his left was an Arab. So, here he is as a black man, a black South African. He said to himself: ‘This is not apartheid. What apartheid are they talking about?'”

“I am saddened by a lot of the politicians who are spreading this propaganda. I am saddened by a lot of South Africans who are participating in this propaganda, that Israel is an apartheid state,” she said.

In a separate interview also uploaded by Democracy Broadcasting last week, Lydia Meshoe, Esther’s mother and Kenneth’s wife said, the reality of Muslim relations with Israel nowhere approaches the false allegations of apartheid by South African politicians, who she sees as taking the position to  to curry favor with Muslim interest groups.

South Africa, which was once the home to a large Jewish population, supported the United Nations resolution that backed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and then enjoyed a good relationship with Israel. But as apartheid-era violence grew, many Jews emigrated to safer havens.

Watch the interview with Esther Meshoe, below.

16 Comments

  • I’m a black South African and i must say Esther Meshoe you rock. It’s demons like arch bishop Tutu who spread propaganda against the Nation of Israel. Rev. Meshoe reads his Bible and Desmond Tutu doesn’t for if he did? He’d know that this land was given to Jewish people by G-d Himself and to this day H-Sh-m will defend them and destroy all of Her enemies, including Tutu. G-d bless you and your family Esther.

  • Nobody wants destruction of Israel. But Palestinians deserve what every nation on earth has been granted,a state of their own. Israel is known to have thrown away blood donated by blacks.

  • Lesego Mokoena

    I really give the GOD of Israel all the glory for young woman of your caliber. I also would like to bless the Lord for ur parents. You
    have taught me a new lesson. May the Lord enlarge your territories.

  • Those countries that seek the destruction of Israel are themselves being destroyed: Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen……..watch this space to see who is next.

  • More people like Esther should give their testimony.

  • Hashem has promised us Jews that
    ” I WILL BLESS THOSE THAT BLESS THEE
    AND CURSE THOSE THAT CURSE THEE.”
    (And he has a 100% record
    On keeping His Promises).

    And U, He shall bless
    For speaking the truth
    About Israel and Apartheid !

  • Finally, a voice of sanity,

    Bless you Esther, for your decency, your values and courage.
    and thank you.

  • Dear Esther …. thanx for standing up …for the truth , perhaps we can say this regarding propaganda …..

    The Gospel , in Spirit and Truth is a
    message that comforts the disturbed and disturbs the
    comfortable”

  • Thank you Esther Meshoe! You’re a lady of integrity, a class act; a real Mensch! It’s so nice, in the midst of so much false information and abandoned loyalties, to see people who are strong enough to speak up even in the large scope af adversity. G-d is smiling on you.

  • Your name Esther says it all.Well done you have spoken the truth.

  • Bless you Esther.

  • Such a breath of fresh air, that a person such as Esther Meshoe can stand against the tide of misinformation and political hatred bred by so many against the small democratic nation of Israel.
    The plight of Israel serves to prove that every word inspired in scripture by G-D is true and Truth, Israel has carried a huge weight upon its shoulders here so as to show believers of Truth that the G-D of Israel is a G-D above all gods and greatly to be feared and respected.
    The G-D of Israel is a G-D of goodness and love, his wisdom teaches tolerance and for forbearance the foundation stones of any Democracy which is abundantly visible in Israel, but not evident in the actions of many relgious interpretations of the people around them.
    Thank you Esthier for being a good example and leader of the Type of people that our Father intended us to become, being a conveyer of Truth and a living example in character of what is unashamably good a reflection of G-D’s character.
    Blessed are the peace makers.

  • Thank God for Esther Meshoe! I am so tired of all the people condemning Israel without ever being in Israel. The leaders of the Palestinian people and the press create and criticize what does not exist. Israel gives the same great medical care to people who come to kill as many Jews as possible. We value every life.

    • jonathan levitan

      You must be right.
      I was not in Cambodia during the Kymer Rouge and therefore I am not qualfied to comment
      I was not in the Congo during the Lord’s Resistance Army reign of terror-I am not qualified to comment
      I was not in Syria, so I am not qulified…
      Indeed, I am not qualified to comment at all about anything unless I have personally witnessed or experienced it.

  • Sadly, while her father may be well known he is neither “prominent” nor influential! His party is a minority party with no influence on the ruling African National Congress. Israel’s close relationship with the Apartheid regime has bedeviled relations with what has become a nasty and virulently anti-Israel position by the ANC which seems dispropotionate when considering the close bi-lateral ties that the US and many EU countries had with the vile racist regime.

  • Dear Esther
    As a Jewish South African female i would like to thank you so much for speaking out and telling the truth. I am so grateful to you for speaking out and educating people on our behalf.
    G-d bless you and your family

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