Nelson Mandela and Zionism

December 5, 2013 5:00 pm 113 comments

Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 1992. Photo: World Economic Forum.

JNS.org – In the coming days, there will be much reflection on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, following the former South African president’s passing on Dec. 5. And in the coming weeks, we can anticipate a febrile exchange over his true views on Israel and the Middle East.

We shouldn’t underestimate the significance of such a debate. Mandela has entered the pantheon of 20th-century figures that exercised the most extraordinary influence over global events, touching the lives of ordinary mortals in the process.

In the 1940s, many Britons could tell you exactly where they were when Churchill delivered his famous “Blood, Sweat and Tears” speech to the House of Commons; in the 1960s, it was hard to find an American who couldn’t remember his or her precise location when the news of Kennedy’s assassination came through; and in the 1990s, it seemed, at least to me, that absolutely everyone could recall what they were doing at the moment the world learned that Mandela had been released after serving 27 years in a South African jail.

I certainly remember where I was on February 11, 1990, when Mandela finally exited prison. Along with thousands of others, I stood at the gates of the South African Embassy in London, an imposing edifice on the eastern side of Trafalgar Square. During my late teens, I’d become a regular attendee at rallies and protests outside the embassy demanding Mandela’s release. I can still hear the joyous roar of the crowd gathered around me, as we celebrated the fact that Mandela was no longer a prisoner of the apartheid regime.

Before this account gets overly saccharine, I should add that not every opponent of apartheid was a consistent advocate of democracy elsewhere in the world. Many of the protestors around me were, frankly, diehard Stalinists. And while they accurately perceived the monstrosity that was apartheid, they were only too happy to excuse the brutal crimes of the Soviet Union and its satellite states. They had copious words of condemnation for the white minority regime in Pretoria, but they rolled their eyes in irritation at the suggestion that the Soviet KGB, the East German Stasi and the Romanian Securitate were just as bad, if not worse. Indeed, I couldn’t help thinking that they regarded Mandela’s release as welcome relief from the gloom that set in when communism unraveled around the same time.

Which brings me to the question of Mandela’s political legacy. There will be no shortage of platitudes on the left about Mandela’s nonetheless heartfelt commitment to racial tolerance, painstaking negotiation and civil disobedience in the face of injustice. Equally, many on the right will accurately recall that Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) was closely aligned with the Soviet Union and with a host of thoroughly unpleasant terrorist organizations, like the PLO, who dressed themselves up as “liberation movements.” As a recipient of both the Soviet Order of Lenin and the American Presidential Medal of Freedom, it might be said that Mandela embodied this contradiction.

Nelson Mandela in 2008. Photo: South Africa The Good News.

Still, Mandela was no orthodox leftist. In his autobiography, he discusses how he was strongly influenced by the Atlantic Charter of 1941, a mission statement shaped by the visions of Churchill and FDR for a post-war order in which freedom would reign, fear and want would be banished, and self-government would emerge as a core principle. Elsewhere in the book, he takes care to distinguish the African nationalism he subscribed to from the communist beliefs that prevailed among those he worked with—and his understanding of nationalism bears a close resemblance to the national movements that surfaced in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, including Zionism.

This latter point is important because there is a widespread misapprehension that Mandela was an opponent of Zionism and Israel. In part, that’s because a mischievous letter linking Israel with apartheid, purportedly written by Mandela, went viral on the Internet (in fact, the real author was a Palestinian activist named Arjan el Fassed, who later claimed that his fabrication nevertheless reflected Mandela’s true feelings.) Yet it’s also true that, in the Cold War conditions of the time, the ANC’s main allies alongside the Soviets were Arab and third-world dictators like Ahmed Ben Bella in Algeria and Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt. The confusion is further stirred by the enthusiasm of some of Mandela’s comrades, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to share the South African franchise on the word “apartheid” with the Palestinians.

But those activists who want to make the Palestinian cause the 21st-century equivalent of the movement that opposed South African apartheid in the 20th century will—assuming they conform to basic standards of honesty—find it very difficult to invoke Mandela as support. Mandela’s memoirs are full of positive references to Jews and even Israel. He recalls that he learned about guerilla warfare not from Fidel Castro, but from Arthur Goldreich, a South African Jew who fought with the Palmach during Israel’s War of Independence. He relates the anecdote that the only airline willing to fly his friend, Walter Sisulu, to Europe without a passport was Israel’s own El Al. And the ultimate smoking gun—the equation of Israel’s democracy with apartheid—doesn’t exist.

Mandela once wrote that Jews, in his experience, were far more sensitive about race because of their own history. Now, it is absolutely true that there are parallels between the oppression suffered by South African blacks under racist white rulers, and Jews living under hostile non-Jewish rulers. The notorious Group Areas Act, which restricted black residency rights, brings to mind the enforced separation of Jews into the “Pale of Settlement” by the Russian Empress Catherine in 1791. Many of the other apartheid regulations, like the ban on sexual relationships between whites and blacks, carried echoes of the Nazi Nuremburg Laws of 1935.

Mandela’s diagnosis was that Africans should be the sovereigns of their own destiny. Similarly, the founders of Zionism wanted nothing less for the Jews.

Sadly, none of that will stop today’s advocates of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement from falsely claiming Nelson Mandela as one of their own. But the truth is subtler than that. Mandela’s complicated legacy doesn’t really belong to any political stream—and that is one more reason to admire him.

Ben Cohen is the Shillman Analyst for JNS.org. His writings on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Ha’aretz, Jewish Ideas Daily and many other publications.

We shouldn’t underestimate the significance of such a debate. Mandela has entered the pantheon of 20th-century figures that exercised the most extraordinary influence over global events, touching the lives of ordinary mortals in the process.

In the 1940s, many Britons could tell you exactly where they were when Churchill delivered his famous “Blood, Sweat and Tears” speech to the House of Commons; in the 1960s, it was hard to find an American who couldn’t remember his or her precise location when the news of Kennedy’s assassination came through; and in the 1990s, it seemed, at least to me, that absolutely everyone could recall what they were doing at the moment the world learned that Mandela had been released after serving 27 years in a South African jail.

I certainly remember where I was on February 11, 1990, when Mandela finally exited prison. Along with thousands of others, I stood at the gates of the South African Embassy in London, an imposing edifice on the eastern side of Trafalgar Square. During my late teens, I’d become a regular attendee at rallies and protests outside the embassy demanding Mandela’s release. I can still hear the joyous roar of the crowd gathered around me, as we celebrated the fact that Mandela was no longer a prisoner of the apartheid regime.

113 Comments

  • Alin Sebastian

    Unfortunately, Mr Cohen made a point (yet I should say that I am not entirely sure about his position, if any*). Unfortunately, the article is long, somewhat confusing and leaves one wondering: why not three paragraphs? Time is money…

    ___________
    * which is exactly Mandela’s position when it was about Jews, so why bother?

  • Mandela laid a wreath on the grave of Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian revolution, warmly greeting his successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “We are indebted to the Islamic Revolution”, Mandela proclaimed. It is the same Mandela who claimed that Communist Cuba had achieved the “systematic eradication of racism”.

    In 1990, Mandela likened Israel to a “terrorist state” and declared that “we do not regard the PLO as a terrorist organization. If one has to refer to any parties as a terrorist state, one might refer to the Israeli government because they are the people who are slaughtering defenseless and innocent Arabs in the occupied territories”.

  • Jewel Horowitz

    read the letter to T Friedman and then tell me that our Mandela was a friend to Israel and the Jewish people:
    Dear Thomas,

    I know that you and I long for peace in the Middle East, but before you continue to talk about necessary conditions from an Israeli perspective, you need to know what’s on my mind. Where to begin? How about 1964.Let me quote my own words during my trial. They are true today as they were then: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

    Today the world, black and white, recognize that Apartheid has no future. In South Africa it has been ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. That mass campaign of defiance and other actions could only culminate in the establishment of Democracy.

    Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

    You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

    In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party, Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that Settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.

    Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.

    Thomas, if you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years, you clearly find a vulgar racism that includes a third of the population who openly declare themselves to be racist. This racism is of the nature of “I hate Arabs” and “I wish Arabs would be dead”.

    If you also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 Occupied Territories you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognized as private property because it can be confiscated.

    As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

    The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel. Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians. Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do. Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

    Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

    The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and Apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its Apartheid policies.

    Thomas, I’m not abandoning Mideast diplomacy. But I’m not going to indulge you the way your supporters do. If you want peace and democracy, I will support you. If you want formal Apartheid, we will not support you. If you want to support racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing, we will oppose you.

    When you figure out what you’re about, give me a call.

  • Jewel Horowitz

    NO doubt that Neslo Mandela was a Jew hater. He was also involved in terror activity when he was younger. Anyway read this and then decide for yourself:

    Here is one example: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×8466520

  • Solly Berger

    Tell me Mandela’s South Africa were not Jew haters! “In April, South Africa imposed new rules requiring that goods imported from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem display special labels.

    The new rules stipulate that goods will no longer carry “Made in Israel” labels but instead will have to be specific about the exact origin of the goods.

    Last year, South African Minister Rob Davies issued an announcement warning merchants “not to incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as products of Israel.” from Arutz Sheva 12/09/13

  • Nelson Mandela was an old anti Semite who coveted the state of Israel because they were successful in every endeavor, and have given great gifts to the world. When the Black people of S Africa get up off their tails and go to work, they too will accomplish good things. But to be jealous and to hate Israel because they finally achieved political power is a sad commentary on the character to mandela. He was good for his people, but not a good friend for Israel. I hope he rests in peace.

    • harry sidwell

      IT happens to be the truth- sort of a tribal jealousy, just different tribes. The Jews shared the same pas as the Africans- slavery. Both endured miserable unthinkable hardships and both were held back by sheer cruelty. But it was the Jew’s unrelenting spirit, his faith, and his dogged determination to succeed no matter what that differentiate the black experience from the Jews. The blacks in Africa are now finally coming into their own, but in America the hostility they have towards Jews is worsening. Again, it appears to be a lack of will, and perhaps the fact that in the states black family unit is weak, no father present most of the time.

      • harry sidwell

        read this and tell me Mandela was not a Jew hater.

        • harry sidwell

          “Here is an excerpt from a speech Mandela gave on International day of Solidarity with the Palestinians:

          “The temptation in our situation is to speak in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine to a state of their own. We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. Having achieved our own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties that others faces. Yet we would be less than human if we did so.”

          • Our “friend” the Jew lover, Mandela- read this and weep – written in 2001 to Thomas Friedman:

            Dear Thomas,

            I know that you and I long for peace in the Middle East, but before you continue to talk about necessary conditions from an Israeli perspective, you need to know what’s on my mind. Where to begin? How about 1964.Let me quote my own words during my trial. They are true today as they were then: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

            Today the world, black and white, recognize that Apartheid has no future. In South Africa it has been ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. That mass campaign of defiance and other actions could only culminate in the establishment of Democracy.

            Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

            You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

            In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party, Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that Settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.

            Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.

            Thomas, if you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years, you clearly find a vulgar racism that includes a third of the population who openly declare themselves to be racist. This racism is of the nature of “I hate Arabs” and “I wish Arabs would be dead”.

            If you also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 Occupied Territories you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognized as private property because it can be confiscated.

            As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

            The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel. Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians. Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do. Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

            Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

            The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and Apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its Apartheid policies.

            Thomas, I’m not abandoning Mideast diplomacy. But I’m not going to indulge you the way your supporters do. If you want peace and democracy, I will support you. If you want formal Apartheid, we will not support you. If you want to support racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing, we will oppose you.

            When you figure out what you’re about, give me a call.

    • http://www.amren.com/news/2013/03/life-in-south-africa-today/

      SA is a hell hole still but today the racism is alive, black against whites. thanks to unemployed black young men, (just like in America). Jew hatred is masked as hatred for “apartheid” Israel. Mandela was their leader aftrall.

    • Mandela was indeed a very complex man,but aside from being a freedom fighter for the black people of South Africa, the man had no deep love of the Jewish people– it was politics. His actions spoke louder than his flowery worlds to the elite Jews of South Africa. Read this article http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/14199#.UzpHPdxH1SX

  • ♪♫․☆¨´`’*°☆.Public Opinions Matter!.☆°*´`’☆.♪♫
    *Hailed as the most influential statesman of our time, projected from South America right across Asia and Africa as The role model Peace-Maker, a man to be emulated, urgently wishing all Arab and African nations would duplicate his example, the hero Invictus in a calibre all his own…that is what Nelson Mandela is being remembered for today in his homeland South Africa. Yet, the demise of no other world leader has unleashed as much inner Jewish debate in my view, quite like the passing of Nelson Mandela has; for there looms large his famous statement that Israel’s enemies are certainly not his, leaving us with the question of just how instrumental he was in his role for or against the Jewish State as well as the evil accusation of Apartheid being hurled at Israel by the United Nations of the New World Order? Was he one of the pioneers of the BDS movement against Israel? Did he join forces along with the ANC and Desmond Tutu in spearheading the fallacy that Israel is an Apartheid Nation? His legacy is a lot more complicated than meets the eye…and reflects just how torn the man really was, the pressure and obligation of sainthood that South Africa and the World at large awaited from him, a giant-like image that he had to live upto; his inner spiritual conflict between his Yoruba religious culture and christianity, his social commitments and political leadership; & having to contend between his early socio-communist ties and modern capitalist South African values. But above all the regret that he could not spend enough time with his family and his people easing the tribal conflicts which are still prevalent today.
    However, for Africa to accuse Israel of Apartheid is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle Black!

  • Rachmiel ben Ariel

    In the late 1990s, the episode “Stream of Consciousness” aired on the television science fiction series, The Outer Limits. For those of you who have fallen into the lamentable state of basing the total sum of your accumulated knowledge on Wickipedia, it might be worthwhile to view this episode (it’s available on DVD.

    The story concerns a young man who–unlike others–cannot be mentally interfaced to a world-wide stream of computer generated consciousness which changes history and other data on a daily basis in order to protect its own existence. Consequently, our hero is forced from an early age to learn by old fashioned methods—specifically, by reading books and by actually doing research in old, dusty, forgotten libraries. He eventually discovers the truth and saves humanity.

    Frankly, I would never be anywhere so bold as to suggest that humanity needs saving—it’s been doing such a nifty, bang up job all by itself up until now. But just in case the matter of scholarship and integrity ever comes up, it might be worth remembering that data which changes from moment to moment—and which is based more on the hoarseness of contributors rather than by the truth of their inputs—is vacuous. Keep this in mind the next time you have a desire to “cut and paste” from “The Free Encylopedia.”

  • My reader’s letter in response to “Bob J” and the article he was referring to–”Mandela was an Enemy of Israel,” by Giullio Meotti, is printed at December 6, 2913 at 12:57 AM.

    • n doubt Mandella was a arch enemy of the Jews. I think someone on the threat mentioned it- he was envious of the advances the Jews made, and always felt inadequate to them.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I would like to address the accusation that Nelson Mandela referred to Israel as an apartheid state as being totally erroneous. Please watch democrat party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, an advocate of Nelson Mandela, speak on this very topic on YouTube in the video clip: Mandela legislator: Arabs misappropriate “apartheid” to slander Israel- MP Kenneth Meshoe . Rev. Meshoe was a member of the South African Parliament for nineteen years.

  • Although Manderla was a friend of Israel and Jews his fight ended up in the eviction of almost all of the RSA whites which is surely not over. However Jews have no Metropolis where to head to if they are evicted fromWestern Palestine whereas “palestinians” can be transferred to Eastern Palestine to come up with peace if they really want peace which is evidently not the case.It should be reminded again that the treaty of Sevres and the conference of san remo(1920) gave all of Palestine to Jews along with 21 States to arabs.After taking the 21 States arabs want the balance! If they had obtaned Judea/Samaria/Gaza they would still want the…balance because “palestinians” are prefators and imperialists irredentists. As totalitarians they are after the whole planet for islam.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    The hyper-romanticised profile of Mandela needs to be analysed at the coal face of realpolitik.
    Mandela’s most impressive virtues were tenacity, physical endurance, a well studied rhetorical gift, cut and dry, merciless party management. To that we must add the incerdible luck of being spared by his jailers, a most cruel mob themselves.
    Mandela’s actual relevance as a political hero is QUITE LIMITED. The expance of the Mandela Hero Literature, however, is gigantic.
    CONSIDER: in the post Free Mandela period, since his release, there have been NO OTHER similar events anywhere in the world. So, where is the concrete evidence of that famous “inspiration” !!??
    What has inspired the Mandela cult has been the association with the Palestinian “struggle”, the intentional “hero osmossis” Mandela-Arafat, the extensive use of the tandem “apartheid-Israel”.
    Meanwhile, South Africa has emerged as one of the most corrupt, most perilous places on earth. The epicentre of AIDS and urban crime. An increasing number of fellow African states have colapsed morally under autocratic rullers, racial fratricide has dominated entire African regions, states divided, economies and social balance destroyed.
    Sure enough and providentially, South Africa is no longer under the abhorrent rule of white racial persecution, but THAT’S ABOUT ALL .
    This is the only achievement under the banner of The Mandela Legacy.
    Est modus in rebus, there is a limit in the manner we should exhault reality !!!

  • The one certain thing is that if the Palestinians had a leader even remotely possessed of Mandela’s qualities, the chances of a two state solution being negotiated long ago would have been possible.

    While apartheid is long gone from South Africa, the corruption of Mandela’s succesors is probably on the same level as that of Arafat and his successors. And government corruption in SA was something that Mandela denounced.

  • As an English professor of composition in colleges and universities in the chicago area since 1996,I would fail the writer of this article on two grounds:First,the quotations are not verified and validated for accuracy, credibility, and reliability by scholarly sources. The author supposedly quoted Mr. Mandela’s autobiography. What page would one find the quotation? What was the context of the quotation? What were the page numbers or paragraph numbers, dates, publishers, places of publication for the quotations, paraphrases, and summaries cited by the author? As I told another reader who condemned those who would defend Mr. Mandela, sources must be verifiable, credible, and reliable. Secondly, The prime minister of Israel, the president of Israel, Maya Angelou, the ADL, President Obama, Stephen Harper,and the Wiesenthal Center have all defended Mandela’s morality as a champion of human dignity globally.

    • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

      OK, Prof. Yoel, where are the carefully selected and politically correct refferences of your quoted names !!!
      Howz about we verify da bona fidae of the names, dished out by your fussy-self here WITHOUT the mandatory details ( as per your above criticims of OTHERS ) and, when I says bona fidae, I want to say that one must distinguish between genuine beliefs and the known obligatory image protection dictum ” De mortuis nil nisi bene ” !!??
      Otherwise, Stephen Harper may NOT be in the same chollent with the Wiesenthal Centre, anyways.

  • The Jewish establishment refused to embrace Mandela in 1990. Israel was the last state to support apartheid South Africa. The historical facts speak for themselves. Not to mention Mandela himself said publicly that South Africans would not be free until the Palestinian people are free. Wake up!

    • Beverly Kurtin

      Spoken like a true hater of the truth. The “Palestinians” are being led by people who steal the people blind. Arafat stole over a billion dollars from the people.

      IF the Arab countries were so hot to trot to get an independent Palestinian state, why didn’t they give Judea and Samaria–the “West Bank”– to the so-called Palestinians when they, the Jordanians and Egyptians, had the West Bank and Gaza for 19 years? THAT was the ideal time for the Arabs to give over the land to the people who wanted it?

      In 1990, what did Arafat do when he was offered 94% of what he wanted? HE FREAKING WALKED OUT OF THE TALKS. Former President Clinton blamed the entire fiasco squarely where it belonged, on Arafat.

      ALL ARAB COUNTRIES ARE TOTALLY APARTHEID. No religion other than Islam is permitted. Do you wonder why so many Christian churches are being destroyed in Arab countries, most notably Egypt, one of the countries who could have given the Arabs in the land the Romans called Palestine? It’s something called religious bigotry.

      When Israel declared its independence following a vote by the United Nations to give two nations their own land, Jews got Israel. The ARABS could have had their own INDEPENDENT state but no, NO…they would not permit Jews to take what they still consider their land. So they called the Jewish independence day the Nakba, the catastrophe…which the ARABS brought down on their own heads.

      What Israelis have hijacked planes and blown them up? What Israelis do not grant 100% religious freedom to all of its citizens?

      The answer is ZERO. Palestinians murder innocent men, women, and children simply because the are Jews. That is what the Nazis did.

      Well, while we’re spilling some truth, try this: The man who told all of the Arabs to leave their homes was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He spent the majority of WWII in BERLIN. His buddy, Adolph Hitler introduced him to the architect of the “Final Solution” and the chief executioner of that solution, one Adolph Eichmann.

      Who was that man? Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini; he was learning how to exterminate Jews; he recruited an all Arab SS that fought on the side of the Nazis. Although it is true that some Arabs were removed by the Israelis for security purposes, they did NOT kick out all of the Arabs, that was the Grand Mufti and THAT IS HISTORY.

      The Israelis BEGGED the Arabs to stay and those who did stay are today full citizens of Israel, have voting rights, have the right to be anything they want. An Arab-Israeli judge sentenced the former president of Israel to prison for rape. Is there a single Jewish judge in any Arab country? Nope.

      Nearly ONE MILLION Jews were kicked out of Arab countries where they had lived for thousands of years; when they arrived in Israel, they were made citizens. How many Palestinians have been given citizenship in ANY ARAB COUNTRY? ZERO.

      Arab-Israelis have full rights, rights they do not have in their own territories. Women vote, women drive, women can and do attend Israeli schools and universities. Most Arab-Israelis do NOT want to go back to their backward areas. Palestinians still perform “honor killings,” even if a woman was raped!

      You THINK you have the “truth?” All you have is misleading propaganda.

      There is not a single reason that Palestinians should NOT be treated separately from the Israelis: They are NOT Israelis. Does the United States treat, say, Mexico the same as the United States? Does Canada treat the United States as Canadians? NO, they are a different country.

      Why is it okay for the United States to have a “security fence” to keep Mexicans and other Hispanics from getting into our country? They do not want to strap bombs on themselves a kill our citizens, but we don’t want them here without waiting to get citizenship.

      Israel built a security fence to prevent Arabs from blowing up their citizens. Isn’t it more important to prevent people from murdering their citizens?

      As they used to say in newspaper reporting -30-

    • You have to read this article in conjunction with:

      http://www.naturaselection.com/v1/blog/en/2013/12/mandela/

      In public life, Mandela was a certainly hero and there’s no denying it.
      In private life, peter Gabriel wil reflect about him.

      Some will now, not let him rest in peace.

    • No, Israel did not support apartheid. They did forge strategic alliances with the political leaders of South Africa during the apartheid era. Those are not the same. Or should we automatically assume that every western country signing up to trade with Iran now that sanctions are lifed fully support the regime’s desire to wipe Israel off the map?

      • Rachmiel ben Ariel

        “[S]hould we automatically assume that every western country signing up to trade with Iran now that sanctions are lifed fully support the regime’s desire to wipe Israel off the map?”

        Ah! The unanswered question–and from those same fun-loving folks in DC who gave us the Nancy Pelosi, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” Affordable Care Act.

        Well, now that we all have a clear idea concerning “what’s in it,” along with confirmation that Obama’s statements–for example, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor,” and “If you like your plan you can keep your plan,” and “For most folks, your premiums will go down”–are lies, all one can do is listen to our glorious leader’s words concerning another matter–specifically, “Israel is a true friend, it is our greatest ally in the region and if Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel. I’ve made that clear throughout my presidency.”

        Schalf du nicht!

  • I have to take issue with the analysis of the role of Stalin in the article.While I am no apologist for Stalin’s grotesque policies of ruthless, bloody rule of the Soviet Union Zionist should be cautious of dismissing him as an uncomplicated enemy of Jews. Certainly he was an anti semite, but under his leadership the Soviet Union voted for the U.N. Partition Plan (1947. Would the Allies really have won the second world war without the victory on the Eastern Front? And this article conveniently overlooks the role that Stalinists played in the establishment of the Israel in the the Mapam party. Strange bed fellows is nothing new in politics.

    • It was a miracle. It was the one and only time the Soviet Union ever voted for something positive in connection with Zionism. Up until then, the Soviet Union believed that they could bring a future socialist Jewish state under their influence.
      When it became clear that Israel was going to be a Western-style democracy, the Soviets never sided with anything remotely connected with Zionism. They always voted with the Arabs, supplied and trained their military and sometimes fought with them.
      Stalin did not win the war, the Russian army and people did. Stalin dithered around and contemplated leaving Moscow because he was too scared, as all tyrants are.

    • Beverly Kurtin

      Oh yes, Stalin was a wonderful man, a man who loved his people when they were DEAD.

      Stalin had a statement, “If you have a problem with a man, get rid of the man and you get rid of the problem.” He had a problem with millions upon millions of his people, so…yeah, he he got rid of them.

      Stalin, what a wonderful man, HE WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MASS MURDERERS THE WORLD HAD EVER KNOWN.

      Bet you’d have loved being there.

  • I would appreciate refutations of the following article or are the points true?

    Op-Ed: Mandela Was an Enemy of Israel
    Published: Friday, December 06, 2013 12:08 PM
    By Arutz Sheva By Giulio Meotti
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/14199#.UqHxZ9JDuuK

  • Greg Thrasher

    Fact was during the apartheid era Israel sold weapons to SA government and like the rest of the world did not invade SA to liberate or defend the Black Africans from the racist SA regime . America of course did not invade SA like it has in Iraq. Europe or even Grenada. Saudi Arabia sold oil to SA during the apartheid era

    SA was a haven for Nazi’s after WW2 in SA white Jews were benefactors of apartheid just like they were here in America during our Jim Crow era .

    Mandela was about truth not revisionist nonsense which is flooding the media outlets now that he is dead.

    • True, most Jews are white and we didn’t adopt blackface to show sympathy for black people, but we weren’t as accepted in the South (or North) or SA as white Christians were, and we’re not as accepted in the Mideast as Muslims and blacks are, and we certainly weren’t accepted in Nazi Germany, all of which made Jews more sypathetic to the anti-Apartheid and American civil rights movements than most other whites were.

      • Thank you Beatrix for your response. How easy it is for some to forget American anti-Semitism. In 1960, I became a stewardess. A lovely young woman in our graduating class was Jewish. I remember that no one wanted to have her as a roommate (and none of us could afford to live alone in San Francisco) because she was Jewish! I was 20 and went along with the others. I have always wished I could find her and say, “As for me, I am sorry.”

      • Greg Thrasher

        The white Jews of America during the Jim Crow era were probably not different than white Jews in SA they leveraged their ‘whiteness’.. During the civil rights era they like many white liberals were obligatory opportunists at best with regard to equality and parity ..

        As a Black Jew here in America I am often on the end of the Yiddish N -word no doubt like Mandela encountered in SA.. Of course the raw truth is that RACE continues to trump everything certainly in America and SA

        • MARK L. BRECKER, ESQ.

          GREG, BABY,
          [I can call you "baby", as I am 70+ years old]. MOST OF MY ORTHODOX [I am a ba'al t'shuvah] SYNAGOGUES MORE OFTEN THAN NOT HAVE BLACK PEOPLE THERE DAVENING. THERE IS BUT ONE PERSON WHO NOTICES: ME! AS A [long ago] PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER IN ETHIOPIA, I AM CONSTANTLY AT THE LOOK-OUT FOR MY PEEPS.
          THAT SAID, I AM PROUD THAT MY MOM AND HER FRIENDS [age circa 16 in 1931] IN AN ACT OF DISOBEDIENCE DE-SEGRATED A SKATING RINK; I ENGAGED IN LESS HEROIC ACTIONS, LIKE PICKETING GRANTS IN THE LATE 1950′s.
          AT ANY RATE, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY PEOPLE [Jew, Christian, Moslem, whatever] IN AMERICA WITH ANYTHING BUT OPEN HEARTS AND CONCERN, YES, FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR THEIR FAMILIES, BUT FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING AS WELL.
          BE WELL [and if you want to spend Shabbat eating less than well-made Ethiopian cuisine, come to Uncle Markie's].
          ZA G’ZUNCT
          Moseh Arey ben Sh’muel HaKoen; Maricos Samiel K’han

    • Greg Thrasher

      It is anti Mandela propaganda and disinformation by a coward who vomits on the legacy on true hero !!!Sad but to be expected given the iconic legacy of a Black man we know as Mandela..

    • Fact is that the country that armed SA up to its teeth during the apartheid era was France. For some reason everybody picks on Israel. I suspect it’s a matter of convenience.

      Liberte, Egalite, Perfidite

      • Kris Kristian

        MAY I REMIND THE WORLD THAT ISRAELI AIRFORCE WAS 100% FRENCH MIRAGE JET FIGHTERS AS WAS THE SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID AIRFORCE, WHICH WAS SUPPLIED BY FRANCE.
        WHEN THE YOM KIPPUR WAR BROKE OUT,
        DEGAULL, REFUSED TO SEND ALL THE SPARES WHICH WERE PAID FOR IN ADVANCE, TO ISRAEL, THEREBY HOPING THAT ISRAEL WOULD BE DESTROYED.

        WHEN THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT LEARNED WAHT THE FRENCH DID, MR VORSTER,WHO, DURING WW2,WAS INTERNED AS A SUPPORTER OF NAZI GERMANY, BECAME THE BEST FRIEND TO ISRAEL IN THE WORLD.
        MR VORSTER IMMEDIATELY SENT ALL THE MIRAGE SPARES TO ISRAEL, THEREBY, SAVED ISRAEL FROM DEFAT.

        MY POINT IS, THAT FRANCE WAS A HUGE SUPPLYER OF MILITARY HARDWEAR TO SOUTH AFRICA, AND MUST THEREFOR HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF APARTHEID.
        TIME FOR THE WORLD TO WAKE UP AND STOP THIS RUBBISH BY CALLING ISRAEL A SUPPORTER OF SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID.\

        NOT ONLY DID FRNACE DO BUSINESS WITH SOUTH AFRICA, SAUDI ARABIA SUPPLIED SOUTH AFRICA WITH OI/PETROL.\THERE WERE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH, TODAY, CONDEMNS ISRAEL AS A SUPPORTER OF SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHHEID, BUT DID ENORMOUS BUSINESS WITH SOUTH AFRICA.

        WHAT DO THOSE SAME COUNTRIES HAVE SAY ABOUT THEIR DOING HUGE BUSINESS WITH APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA?

  • I was working for the BBC World Service in their newsroom when Mandela was released. We had a live feed up so we saw it all. And years on, I see that President Zuma of South Africa, spent £18 million of Aid money on building his new house. The money was for the people but he used it instead.

    • The world loves its secularized saints, Ghandi, King, Mandela, Bobby Kennedy, Mother Teresa, et al and doesn’t waste time in naming them as such well until after they die. Alas, in reality they have no lasting legacy, yet each new generation holds to the old ones, while naming new ones even before they accomplish anything e.g., Obama. He got a Nobel Peace Prize, but has made more war than anyone (via drones) in our time save Geo. Bush and Bush never got a Nobel.

      • King had no legacy? Please don’t let ideological resentment prompt you to make overly blanket statements. Not all ‘liberal’ figures are worthless and not all ‘conservative’ figures are great. And vice versa.

      • menace emanuel

        Actually dodgy King Mandela and mother Teresa accomplished quite a lot that is lasting add were recognized as great people in their lifetimes by most
        people of goodwill

    • Unfortunately post-apartheid SA has become one of the most violent and corrupt countries in the world. Rape and murder galore by blacks…One should ask the Swedes how dis they manage to sell Gripen combat aircraft to the SA Air Force…

      • menace emanuel

        SAA has many problems but its not at the bottom or even the bottom half of the list of countries with major social problems. Take a look at neighboring Zimbabwe the former Rhodesia still led Mugabe and you can have the beginning of a new appreciation of the greatness of Nelson.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Rachmiel ben Ariel, one more tidbit of advice: when you “quote” from a disingenuous source, such as Associated Press, be sure to accurately copy the URL so that the content can be checked. I teach documentation. I checked your URL and found that it led to a dead-end. In other words, your quotation is a vacuous matrix of lies. And please do not refer to me and other Jews who respect Mr. Mandela’s memory as “volkgemeinschraft.” A rational Jew does not refer to a fellow Jew in Nazi terminology. Such contemptible diction is beyond the pale.

  • David Olesker

    I think that there’s a sort of symmetry between our feelings towards Mandela and Mandela’s feelings towards us.

    We looked at him and saw a figure of moral stature who went (way) beyond the needs of political expediency to show his acceptance of the rights of the Jews in our homeland, yet we feel hurt that he didn’t do more. We understood that what limited him was his perception of the needs of his own people, but we still feel hurt that he couldn’t transcend those needs and give us an unequivocal embrace.

    I think Mandela looked at us, a moral people, who’s commitment to justice was so obvious that he felt hurt that it was limited by what we felt were the needs of our own people. Yes, I think he understood the reason for our restraint but was still hurt by it.

    It is in fact our mutual regard for each other that’s the source of the grit in the ointment.

    • Andrea Kuptinsky

      thank you I just shared it again. Stunning article, and every person on this thread should read.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    To one Rachmiel ben Ariel, if that is your real name and not your persona, your quotation does not complete mine. Your quotation is taken from some other context, probably your own! Nelson Mandela was not a bigot, not an anti-Semite, and not an anti-Zionist. Your personal assault on Mr. Mandela’s character is one despicable act of cowardice. To tear down a dead man is against all Jewish values: it is downright malicious accusation, slander, and defamation of character. Mandela was a fine lawyer: it is just too bad that you had to wait until he could no longer defend himself. As a professor who has studied Mandela’s behavior, speech, and actions, I take great offense at your contrived, ignoble, underhanded accusations. There is freedom of speech in the press; however, ugly lies and ad hominem attacks against people of character and decency should be banned and censored.

    • Rachmiel ben Ariel

      “A rational Jew does not refer to a fellow Jew in Nazi terminology. Such contemptible diction is beyond the pale.” O.K. I accept this criticism and apologize for using the term.

      The reference link for the AP (The Independent) piece was missing a “-” in the address. Interestingly enough, I did verify that the link was working before posting–I must have erased the character in error.

      So now we get to the meat course, “Ah! quel dîner.” In my opinion, Nelson Mandela is fair game. His life is to be critiqued using the same methodology that one would use to analyze any other controversial personality. As I commented elsewhere, Nelson Mandela’s behavior can tell us much about the way he felt concerning a variety of subjects. But until some very serious scholarly work is done which produces something definitive after examining without bias all aspects of his life, I am not willing to fall in line and elevate Mandela to man-god status. There are too many troublesome issues which have not been objectively addressed; and I remain unconvinced concerning his status.

      Alas, that annoying First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution always gets in the way, doesn’t it? What is offensive to one is noble to another–and vice versa. ברוך הבא, Welcome to America!

    • harry sidwell

      IT happens to be the truth- Mandela liked Jews as long as they were not powerful, and the state of Israel was seen to him as racist- end of story folks

  • There is nothing better than sunlight and disinfectant to clear through the muck. Here are some intrinsic truths re Mandela, and it was written last year -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/19/comrades-in-arms-always-have-each-others-backs-whether-black-white-or-islamic-supremacists-the-redgreen-alliances-common-denominator-seriousness-of-issue-necessitates-its-length-commenta/

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • WEll lets not get carried away, there are facts on both sides of the political divide, and those facts, can be philosophically interpreted, to suit whichever agenda the actors or players within the scenario want to or try too, achieve.
    It is difficult to understand an ever changing dynamic, the same dynamic that existed re Israel and Palestine 1948, has little relationship to the dynamic of Israel, Palestine 2013.
    This is the question, has Israel expanded her territory by one means or other over the last thirty – forty or so years?
    Israel has nothing to lose if Palestine is given statehood? How about the rest of Israel? So if you were Israeli, would you not consider every legal and illegal method to prevent that happening? Now another question, who are one of the most educated races on the face of the planet? The Arab mind although, very astute, lacks a certain sophistication, probably due in part by religion. To understand that, one has to look at the grip of the Holy Church of Rome, and the imprisonment of the social mind by that church. It was the English reformation that loosened the chains of rigidly held religious belief, allowing scientific development, and of course our present way of life and living.
    The two societies, have a lot in common one, being strongly held religious beliefs, which they both seem ready to die for. The second, both claim the same piece of land, the Americans, pushed the Indians, from their land, maybe the future dictates that the Jews will push the Palestinians from Palestine. Who knows but it is the concerted effort of the Israeli’s to try to achieve this end and I see nothing in the real world to stop them.

  • I’M NOT CONVINCED. EVERY SOUTH AFRICAN JEW THAT I KNOW REMEMBERS MANDELA AND AN ISRAEL BASHER AND A JEW-HATER.

    BUT, PERHAPS THERE WILL BE SOME ABILITY TO SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENT AS THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MANDELA REVEALS MORE ABOUT HIS REAL FEELINGS ABOUT JEWS AND ISRAEL.

  • Mandela had the full support of Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser. He had a different face for different audiences, and he knew how to play the media like a violin.

    • We can second guess the man or we can learn from his legacy. Peace in our time will only be achieved through reconciliation with our so-called enemies. Unless we recognise and actively move towards this as an outcome, then we are none of us worthy to judge such a truly great man.

    • Whoever won a war without unsavory allies? The US allied with the USSR in WWII and we knew even then what a monster Stalin was.

  • Stuart Kaufman

    No mention that Mandela supported, aided and abetted, one of the most evil men on Earth: Yasir Arafat.

  • I think this article sums up the challenge Israel battles, with lies and un-truths making up the backbone of the Palestinian camp.

    For Mandela, I think he has truly shown how engaging with the enemy (all be it a more honest enemy than some we see today) and forgiving can produce peace and results. Hopefully his lesson can be learned shared in the middle east. Hopefully the Palestinians won’t try and capitalize on his death, and spread more lies about his view of Israel….that would just be doing the opposite of what the man stood for.

    • No need for the Palestinians to make the case for Israel’s apartheid. It was all carefully documented by a South African born Jew, Sasha Polacov-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs. It is all in his book, “The Unspoken Alliance, Israel’s Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa.” In it he thanks the new South African government for allowing him access to all the previous secret South Africa – Israeli correspondence.

      • If linking a country to apartheid SA makes that country an apartheid regime then the whole of the West, as well as the former Soviet Union along with former Communist countries in Eastern Europe as well as Cuba are all then apartheid States. Israel was not the only country that had ties to apartheid SA yet is the only country that is labelled for it.

      • The reason for Mandela’s lukewarm attitude to Israel was the influence of many Jews who supported the ANC and above all, his great friend Desmond Tutu, who is a fierce opponent of Israel thanks to their mutual friend, Ronnie Kasriels. Unfortunately, so many of the Jews who were prominent in S. Africa’s anti-apartheid movement were themselves Communists, who followed the party line of being violently opposed to Israel and inventing all kinds of unjustices done to the Palestinians (the only people who harm the Palestinians are other Palestinians; a friend of mine who is himself a Middle Eastern Arab is always pointing out that other Arabs have killed more Palestinians than the Israelis ever have).

        • Rachmiel ben Ariel

          King Hussein of Jordan killed close to 5000 Black September members over the span of just one afternoon in 1970. I still have the Time Magazine interview where he discusses the event (he spoke a short while after it occurred). Everyone including Time gave him a complete pass concerning the incident. And to this day, no one even mentions it.

      • menace emanuel

        It never was much of a secret.

  • Rachmiel ben Ariel

    Mandela’s solidarity with radical Palestinian and Islamic factions is no secret. Nonetheless, there are those here who continue to glorify him, arguing that one has to read between the lines to know his “real” feelings concerning Israel and Zionism. Frankly, such an argument is a bubbameisa from bubbameisaland. Go to any research library and review what was written concerning the anti-Semitic statutes initiated in Germany during 1933 and after–this includes articles written in דער פֿאָרווערטס: “It’s a phase, . . . just political rhetoric, . . . a passing trend.” The same now as then–fortunately though without the same results.

    Cohen mentions Goldreich’s account that “the only airline willing to fly his friend, Walter Sisulu, to Europe without a passport was Israel’s own El Al.” However, Cohen conveniently chose not to include the date that this little tour of the picturesque occurred. It was 1953! Was there a Palestinian national homeland movement back then? Not when Egypt and Jordan controlled the territories! They very quickly snuffed out any activity such as this–and continued to do so for years (read the 1970 Time Magazine interview with
    King Hussein’s as he tells how he was “forced by circumstances beyond his control” to “eliminate” 5000 Black September members as they rallied in Amman)–that is, until the territories came under Israeli jurisdiction!

    There are some amongst us who would argue were they to see a boa constrictor preparing to devour a small child that the reptile should be left alone for it is entitled to its point of view. To you, I say “Zolst ligen in drerd!”

    • Unfortunately, nothing you say in your post gives any actual facts about Mandella’s thoughts.

      It’s just your opinion. You are trying to pretend that your words were spoken by Mandella, but it is clear they weren’t.

      This idea of viewing Israel as a snake by the way is similar rhetoric to what the Nazis said about Jews, but no matter how convincing you find this hate, Mandella did not say such things or give any indication he ever thought as you do about Israel.

      • Rachmiel ben Ariel

        One can apply the same criteria concerning Mandela’s thoughts to Cohen’s piece–apparently a few here, yourself included, enjoy having their ears tickled but are not willing to readily admit it. Nonetheless, where did you ever get the notion that the snake refers to Israel? Rather, it symbolizes those who want to deny Israel the same rights enjoyed by other nations. It represents the vipers–and their supporters–that make speeches pompously declaring their love of multiculturalism, diversity, freedom, and democracy while at the same time using every financial and political resource at their disposal to wipe the Jewish State off the map.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Nelson Mandela was a noble, august, humble, decent, human being. Having taught about this great man’s life for some twenty-five years in high schools, colleges, and universities in the Chicago area and judiciously studied his life through his words and acts, I do not have any doubt that Mr. Mandela respected the roles of Jews in his own personal life, in the struggle against apartheid, and in the re-establishment of the Jewish State of Israel. Humility sometimes quietly subdues the vociferous language expressed in the name of human rights for all human beings throughout the world. Nelson Mandela frequently quoted a loud advocate of Israel, Martin Luther King, Jr. Mandela, in his softer, frequently understated manner, lived the words of men of honor and spoke in the language of genuine human dignity:
    “The Jewish community has made a major contribution to the well-being of South Africa in every sphere: enriching our culture; helping build our economy; and giving impetus to our intellectual achievements. The community has given our nation many who participated in the struggle for democracy, some at great cost and sacrifice.” ~ Nelson Mandela during a message for Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), South Africa, 13 September 1996. Mandela once stated the following: “I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.”

    • Rachmiel ben Ariel

      How interesting that you only chose to use a portion of the Mandela quote. Nonetheless, here’s more of it for those of us who are not yet ready to enter the volksgemeinschaft dimension:

      “‘My view is that talk of peace remains hollow if Israel continues to occupy Arab lands,’ Mandela said after a lengthy meeting with Foreign Minister David Levy.

      “He went on to say he ‘understood’ why Israel would continue to occupy land as long as Arab states remained at war with Israel.

      “‘I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders,’ he said.Barak wants to renew the peace process with Syria. However, Syria demands that Barak commit to returning the entire Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, before resuming talks that ended in 1996 [“Mandela says Israel must give up Arab land – but only for peace” By Ron Kampeas, AP, Tuesday 19 October 1999
      (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mandela-says-israel-must-give-up-arab-land–but-only-for-peace-740133.html).

    • you are naive, but then you said you are from chicago, so that says it all. Thanks

  • Good commentary, from what I read. Thank you.

  • Prof Asher J Matathias

    The founder president of multiracial South Africa, as justifiably-celebrated also had a blind spot where Zionism and Israel were concerned. He moral stature could have been further enhanced were he to have been willing to spend some political capital encouraging Arabs and Moslems to whole-heatedly accept and embrace the Jewish State! That might have been a bridge too far to cross, but his legacy in securing a peaceful transition to a tolerant society is assured, even if the challenge of inequality persists. That continues to bedevil today’s government of South Africa, and not only.

  • Jonathan Hoffman

    In April 2000 Nelson Mandela came to London and spoke to the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He spoke of the need for Israel to leave the lands taken in 1967 but not unless there was first recognition of the Jewish State by the Arab States: “I added a second position, that Israel cannot be expected to withdraw from the Arab territories which she legitimately conquered when the Arab States wanted to whip her out of the map of the world.” No mention of ‘apartheid’ in Israel – from a man who spent 27 years as a prisoner of the loathsome apartheid regime in South Africa.

    • i have questions for you mr hoffman, you said something about legitimate counquering of arab territories. Ive been saying that for some while. But im not clear on it, I would love to hear more of what youre saying please email me elias.f@me.com

    • Israelis have no metropolis to leave to if they are evicted as whites are being evicted from SA. arabs ie fake “palestinians” are tobe evicted to Eastern Palestine which was taken by the british illegally from the Jews since the conference of san remo(1920) and the treaty of sevres(1923) gave Historical Palestine to Jews along with 21 States to arabs. The latter cannot grabon the 21 States and ask for more! These people are predators,imperialists and liars.

  • Whether Mandela was an anti-Semite is really no longer important. We will continue to have pros and cons. He was imprisoned but it was an easy imprisonment compared to what Jonathon Pollard has suffered. That Obama refuses to free him despite the cries of millions speaks to his Muslim ties. To call Israel apartheid when Arabs are citizens, members of the Knesset serve as ambassadors tell the true story while plans for a Palestinian state call for the expulsion of all Jews. Which one is apartheid?

    • I had the privilege of working closely with Mr Mandela and other senior members of the then recently unbanned ANC from 1990 to 1994. I can tell you from comments he made to me that he was deeply appreciative of the disproportionate Jewish contribution to the struggle against Apartheid. He had genuine admiration for Jews. To call him an anti-Semite is ridiculous and ignorant. He also said that “talking to the enemy, as much as it went against his and his comrade’s feelings, saved South Africa from rivers of blood”.

    • Excuse me, Hilda. Pollard was prosecuted and imprisoned not by Obama, but by the Reagan Administration. Did you forget or just prefer a cheap hit against Obama. Shame on you. Do you hate him so much that you need to skew the truth?

      Moreover, Pollard’s imprisonment has been confirmed by every administration since then, Republican and Democrat. Perhaps it is true that his penalty was worse than others who committed similar crimes. I don’t know. But it is nevertheless true that if you work for the government in a security position, then spy and pass secrets on, even for what you believe is a higher purpose, it is nevertheless a crime. And you must be prepared to pay the price.

      • Rachmiel ben Ariel

        In 2002, Caspar Weinberger stated: “As I say, the Pollard matter was comparatively minor. It was made far bigger than its actual importance” (Jewish Week [NY] – June 14, 2002).

        Considering the number of others who have spied for foreign entities against the USA—for example, Abdul Kader Helmy (Egypt), Michael Schwartz (Saudi Arabia), Peter Lee (China), Samuel Morison (Great Britain), Philip Selden (El Salvador), Steven Baba (South Africa), and Geneva Jones (Liberia), to name just some—why is there still such an impetus to demonize Pollard? This is a good question, one which demands a legitimate answer rather than simply a canned response. When one considers the plethora of others whose crimes against the U.S.A. are equal to or greater than Pollard’s offenses ever were–it is worth noting that none of them have received even a fraction of the negative press.

        It is also worth noting that that the Falcon and the Snowman (Christopher Boyce and Andrew Dalton Lee) were released from prison in 2008 and 1998 respectively!

    • Any Jew that supports or votes Democrat while Jonathan Pollard rots in a US hellhole is a disgrace.

    • obama will try to turn the US into a wasteland before he leaves. Hopefully Congress understands this and evicts him soon.

  • jacob mandelblum

    Through the ages, Jews have been specialists in sharpening the knives that will cut their throats and
    Jews were those who helped Mandela…

    If Mandela was not Judeophobic, as the article tries to
    state, then he made a damned good job at disguising it..
    How about the South African Jewry exodus…???

  • isn’t it a fact that Mandela was a huge fan of Arafat – a proud murderer of jews -
    isn’t there some famous photo of Mandela crying at the news of arafat’s death

    • steve kollander

      I remember the photo of Mandela hugging Arafat, which is why I always considered him an anti-Semite. But then again, it is quite possible that Arafat hugged Mandela for the photo op and not the other way around. Similar to the way that Rabin warned Arafat’s people in advance, that he would shake hands with him on the White House lawn but that Arafat should make no attempt to embrace him. This article has been quite informative and has opened my eyes, significantly.

    • This is the truth!

  • Mandela was imprisoned for driving the escape car that facilitated the terrorist destruction of a power substation and the killing of the night watchman. I am certain that the lonely widow of the murdered man is not an admirer of Mandela.

    • As the. widows of those killed by Menachem Begin at King David Hotel would not be of Mr Begin! If you condem terrorism, condem it all.

      • Pamela Levene

        You know full well that those people (including many Jews) died because of the British officer who refused to “take orders” from a Jew. It may have been called the King David but at that time it was British Headquarters, (the thinking was that the British had no right to be in charge of the Jewish homeland and should realise that they were the intruders!)
        The bomb was meant to damage the infrastructure only, and so at least TWO warnings were given to clear the building. Had the British officer done that, then only property damage would have ensued. (Had he bothered to look, they might even have found the bomb and been able to de-activate it. The first warning was after all 30 minutes before the explosion)

        After the bombing, the British slapped a secrecy notice on the real truth – thus helping to perpetuate the hatred that is felt to this day.

        It’s shameful that you would contribute to further spreading this libel. It simply leads to senseless hatred which lessens the chance of the opposing sides ever making peace. Especially as this event occurred OVER SIXTY FIVE YEARS AGO!

        • Check out the name, Shaheed or MARTYR. bought into every lie perpetuated by Arafat and the rest of the/genocide and taqqiya merchants

        • Well the Mandela event wasn’t exactly yesterday…

        • You are justifying terrorism by Jews, Remember others (IRA, PLO, AQ, etc) have done the same. All terrorism, by states, non states agents, or anyone else for whatever reason, legit or illegitimate that wounds a single person has to be condemned. Period.

    • Hm. .m. .m. .,Healer.Interesting. Maybe you are right. Maybe Mandela was a terrorist.

      BTW, did you know that Menachem Begin ordered the bombing of the King David Hotel? 91 people including Jews were killed that day. Begin said he gave warning that the hotel should be evacuated, but still, 91 people died. I suppose Begin thought the political position of Jews at the time justified the bombing and perhaps he never planned that victims should be killed. Still, imagine what we would say if Arab terrorists bombed the King David today and 107 Israelis were killed.

      Oh, and did you know that at Deir Yassin, Begin ordered that the villagers be expelled from their homes, but when the Arabs refused to go and resisted, hand grenades were thrown into homes where there were women and children? 107 villagers were killed including children. Imagine if Arab terrorists did that to an Israeli kfar today. What would you say to that?

      And did you know that in 1952, the Israeli-West German Reparations Agreement that provided for payment of reparations from Germany to Jewish Holocaust survivors and to the State of Israel, was negotiated by the Israeli government. In order to protest what he considered a betrayal, an angered Menachem Begin ordered the delivery of a parcel bomb addressed to Konrad Adenauer, the West German Chancellor. The bomb was intercepted by the German Post Office, but went off and a postal worker was killed.

      Oh well, maybe Mandela was a terrorist as you, Healer, allege. But just think about it a little.

      • And YOU imagine if Jews lost the war : where would they go to? can you give me the name of their metropolis? arabs have 21 States,how many do Jews have? lefters are liars,embezzlers alway ready to manipulate truth and people and mystify them.

  • Sure, I wish that Mr. Mandela’s last days are peaceful and without pain. He played a very important role in moving South Africa away from the Aparthaid State it was.

    HOWEVER, Mandela is also a member of THE ELDERS (with Carter, Tutu and a few other bums). All you have to do is to Google THE ELDERS – ISRAEL and you will find dozens of links to articles about how ant-Israel Mandela is (or has became…). Here is one example: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×8466520

    He is no friend.

    • Mandela was NOT a member. The Anti-Jew neonazis Carter and tutu are!

      the picture posted – and let’s be real that your link is to a blog that is notorious for its falsehoods. Read up before you accept the words of a blogger best known for Anti-Jew incitement that has had NO problem playing loose with reality and facts.

      http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/06/30/nelson-mandela-and-zionism/

    • thank you for the post- yes I read it, he was a Jew hater from the word go. The lefties are softies and they want to sing Kumbayeh, but unfortunately the Jews will not be invited into the peace circle.

  • Do you know that the US is at war with terrorism – believe it or not. Read Rita Katz’s book the Terrorist Hunter to see why. I think the US is committing suicide with the “D” word democracy and freedom. Jewish law calls for a fence around a balcony to allow the lookers to stand even closer. I mean let Ed Snowden realize his responsibilities as a US citizen and use EVERY tool at his disposal fighting that evil. Good luck in continuiing upward.
    ps as a forth generation South African and having read all Mandella’s books, there is NO evidence of his anti
    Semitism. On the contrary, he was trained by Lars Sidelsky – a Jewish liberal lawyer. Yes he did insist on white and blace separate cups – big deal.

  • Nelson Mandela ends his life as an anti Israel and anti Semite.

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