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March 9, 2015 9:42 pm

At Israel Trade Event in South Africa BDS Supporters Threaten to ‘Kill Jews’

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BDS supporters threatened to kill Jews as they protested outside of an Israeli expo in South Africa. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

Supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement threatened to slaughter Jews as they protested outside an Israeli expo in South Africa on Sunday, The Jewish Daily Forward reported.

“You think this is Israel, we are going to kill you,” protesters from the BDS movement screamed outside the Zionist Federation SA-Israel Expo in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg. They also yelled, “You Jews do not belong in South Africa” and “no Zionist conference be held on our soil.”

The expo showcases Israeli products such as wine, food and medicine.

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Among the picketers was Government Deputy Minister Obed Bapela who serves as head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC)’s International Relations and who accused Israel of oppressing Palestinians.

“How can Israel say they are not aggressors, when they are building homes and annexing Palestinian lands,” he said amid a wave of cheers from the crowd, which carried Palestinian flags and signs calling on South Africa to end trade with the Jewish state. “The apartheid wall should go down.”

Bapela urged South African Jews to join in and condemn the Israeli government and its treatment of Palestinians. He claimed, “We don’t hate Jews, but the ideology of Zionism.”

“The ANC remains steadfast in supporting the Palestinian cause,” he added. “Our relations with Palestine did not start today. If we abandon the Palestinian cause Mandela will be upset with us.”

In response to the event, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies said in a statement that it is “every South African citizen’s constitutional right to attend events of our choosing without fear of intimidation.”

The incident comes after Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid was forced to end his speech early last week at the University of Johannesburg because of BDS protesters, according to the board of deputies. Eid’s address was organized by SA Union of Jewish Students.

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  • ken brownsher

    SA is a country in decline. Corruption and murder make the SA a perfect place for Muslim hate!The SA leaders like TUTU need a scapegoat to be relevant and the Jews are an easy target.

    Corruption + Murder + high rape statistics + labor unrest= Loser!

    If you spin the wheel of SA fortune it comes up a Crapper every time!

  • Jessica Jordan

    “Palestinian lands”? There is no such thing. There is no country called Palestine. There is not Palestinian government, constitution…all there are are people who want to take land away from Israel.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    iF THIS IS THE RESULT OF MANDELS’S GREAT STRUGGLE TO FREE THE BLACK AFRICANS FROM A HATEFUL HISTORY,THEN MANDELA IS BEING DISRESPECTED AND I WISH THE SOUTH AFRICANS TO LIVE UNDER ISLAM AND GO BACK TO A SOCIETY AS BACKWARD AS THE ONE FROM WHICH THE BROKE AWAY. THEY DESERVE NOTHING BETTER.
    CAN YOU HEAR ME, TUTU?

  • Mervyn

    Threatening hatred and death will bring a very bad destiny to South Africa.

  • victoria brandeis

    A COUNTRY BASED ON KILLING REMAINS KILLING…..NO DIFFERENT THEN THE SON OF NOAH WHO WAS THE CHARTER ARM OF AFRICA…….THIS IS A LAND NOT BASED ON G-D…….WHAT DO YOU EXPECT.

    A LAND WITHOUT A LEADER IS NOT A LAND, NOT A LIFE AND NOT A WORLD….

  • Lisa

    BDS isn’t about boycotts; they are an anti-Semitic, anti-ISRAEL, and anti-Jewish hate organization. They are no better than the Muslims or others that scream for the death of JEWS worldwide. To me, they are disgusting and hateful minded people who will one day be sorry for joining this movement. They support a terrorist regime and lie constantly about the history of the region and deny Israel’s right to exist and the territories that belong to the state of isra cagey support death and destruction and are have no feasible reason to live outside of creating hate and death. Should people like this promote and win against the Jews (and Christians) our world will no longer be an advanced civilization but will be a throw-back to the 7th century and the barbaric behavior of its time.

    • David McCance McCance

      I disagree, I like most Israelis but not what they have done to Palestinian children?

      • David McCance McCance

        what do you mean by moderation?

        David in Scotland

  • Mark

    Why doesn’t South Africa and other African states denounce racist genocide in Darfur and South Sudan? Why is the President of Sudan, a racist war criminal allowed to travel freely to many African countries? The anti-Semites in South Africa love a man who is a war criminal and subject to arrest if travels to most countries and at the same time is given the blessing of the South African government and so many African states to travel freely, to say nothing of the hypocritical Arab states? You betray your African sisters and brothers in Darfur and South Sudan while you threaten Jews in South Africa with murder. You are cowards and butchers and hypocrites.

  • Eve

    No matter how often it happens, I continue to be stunned. Jews are always at the forefront in the fights for justice, and then those who they fought for stab them in the back. In South Africa Jews were instrumental in overthrowing the apartheid regime and freeing Mandela, and now look. This actually started with Mandela. I guess this should be expected. It’s time that Jews learn that the most important battle is the one that they fight for THEMSELVES!

  • Dale

    “…we are going to kill you,” “You Jews do not belong in South Africa” “We don’t hate Jews, but the ideology of Zionism.” Nuff said.

    • James marvin

      Zionism is a form of nationalism of Jews that supports a Jewish state ,If you are against nationalism ,you are against all nationalism including “Palestinian”,those against nationalism of Jews only , are an Anti-Semite, racists and hypocrites

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    That’s pretty much the normal in South Africa now. SA Jews have historically been very low key and prefer to avoid all public statements about everything for just this sort of reason.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    It was the Jews in S. Africa who supported Nelson Mandela and his organization. If it wasn’t for Jewish support there would never have been a black S. African government.

    That’s what happens to the Jews every time. They sacrifice in the name of democracy and then once in power their former allies screw them.

    They just don’t learn-ever

    • could not agree more.

    • Jerry G

      It happened here in this country also when Jews marched with Martin Luther King. Look at the thanks they get now.

    • l

      no good deed goes unpunished.

  • yuval Brandstetter MD

    What are the Jews still doing in SA?
    Whatever it is they could do it far better in Israel

    • David McCance McCance

      only if they are white
      David in Scotland

  • phillip

    Well, what can you expect from people who threaten to kill you
    if you dont agree with their point of view, they suffer from the lemming syndrome,Cant think for themselves. First of all they should worry about the state that their country is in before they start dictating what others must do.They dont hate Jews but they want to kill them?????

  • Petra Visser

    South Africa (OBED BAPELA) you are a disgrace to us South Africans!

  • Dante

    They “fight for the rights of the Palestinians” and force a Palestinian human rights activist to stop his speech?
    These might fool those who WANT to be fooled, but no one else.
    Their statement “You Jews don’t belong to S.A.”, together with the death threats, show their true face. It’s Hitler’s.

  • The South African Government is corrupt from the President down.
    Nelson Mandela comrades in the early struggle days were mostly Jewish .He would not have supported the so called palestinians where he alive today.The Muslim community in South Africa has always been friendly to the Jews,until radical muslim anti semites raised their heads.These radicals are looking for world domination,as is the Bokhara Haram in Nigeria.Any South African Muslim who critizes South African Jewry is a member of Bokhara Haram

  • This is partly down to Bishop Desmond Tutu making antisemitism respectable and the Jewish Jew-hater Ronny Kasriels.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    BDS is just plain EVIL!

  • Monty Lasovsky

    Most of the “protestors” were bussed in and had no idea what they were protesting about.
    These bigotted fools will pull the wool over all the poor fools eyes and in the process turn themselves into Nazi – like storm troopers who have never been to Israel and don’t even know where it is on the map. As far as these dangerously ignorant protesting leaders are really concerned, both them and their constituants think that Jews and Zionists are something to eat…….

  • VictorMc

    F****** terrorists. South Africa with it’s collapsing and corrupt government/economy will be in the same place as Zimbabwe in 5 years or so.

    • noellsq

      As well as the US in two years

  • David Polovin

    I hope that the Board of Deputies will take the action that the law in South Africa provides, which is to charge the criminals with hate speech and intimidation.
    More likely the SA Zionist Federation will do it because it was the convenor of the conference. Both groups have the support of South African Lawyers for Israel, which will ensure that the charges are vigorously pursued.

  • The saddest part of all this is that many Jews joined the struggle against apartheid. All th self hating Jews must know that anti Semites will turn on them first because they know where they are

  • The ZIONIST CHURCHES IN THE SOUTHERN AFRICA DOES HAVE THE HEAVENLY ZION AS THE IDEOLOGY. THE CEYLON PENTECOSTAL MISSION HAS THE ZIONIST IDEOLOGY.SO ONLY THE PALESTINIAN SYMPATHISERS HAVE TO BE THROWN OUT OF AFRICA

  • lejardin

    Time to start killing BDS’ers.

    • l

      amen

  • Leo Toystory

    Last time I saw the figures over 3000 white farmers had been slaughtered by various savages in South Africa. Their leadership is a relatively mindless crew, fully indoctrinated with Marxism and filled with the same bloodlust as the Mau-Mau. Bishop Desmond Tutu is one of the worst and is one of the greatest offenders. He’s been attacking Jews for decades. Theses leaders have neither the brains, erudition nor moral authority to criticize anyone, especially the Israelis who go out of their way to avoid civilian casualties and run a truly civil society. South African blacks also murder each other at a rate of about 17,000 per year, which is considerably more than all the arabs who’ve perished in the last several wars they started with Israel. I cautioned numerous South African Jews that the blacks would turn on them, regardless of their support, but as usual, they wouldn’t listen.

    • l

      amsn

  • “…We don’t hate Jews, but the ideology of Zionism.”

    And they hate Jews, too. South African Jews need to make Aliyah, as there is no future there.

  • Steve Loeb

    A perfect example of I’ve said many times before –
    Palestinianism is a mental disorder and left untreated can metastasize into a more serious mental disorder like Jihadism or severe anti Semitism which can become violent and even lead to murder

    Palestinianism is a “gateway” to complete radicalization

    This appears to be stage 2 … severe anti Semitism and advancing to threats of murder

    • LesbianLana

      Steve, I personally am neutral in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but to write that Palestinianism is a disorder is plain old racist !

      If you condemn Hamas, then I am with you. But among Palestinians, there are many who hate Hamas and Islamic extremism.

      So, drop the racism please !

      • Mireille Mechoullam

        Just if you didn’t know: Mr Abbas said and repeat many times that if and when their is a peace agreement his Palestinian State will Juden Free. Can you tell me who is the racist. Just if you didn’t know there are one and a half millions Muslims who live in Israel with the same benefits of the Jews living there.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Our ancestral Laws demand that we kill those that threaten to kill us, before they do it to us.
    It is part of the BOOK over all books.
    We must learn from our sources and history.

    • l

      the same for bds

  • All BDS supporters and fundraisers including the anti-Semites Doctoroff and Adler feel the same way.

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