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October 19, 2015 11:04 pm

South African Chief Rabbi: ANC Welcome to Hamas’ Mashal is Disgrace to Memory of Mandela

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South African President Jacob Zuma accepts a gift from Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.

South African President Jacob Zuma accepts a gift from Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.

South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein deplored on Monday a meeting between the country’s ruling ANC party and Hamas leader Khaled Mashal, warning that inviting members of the internationally designated terror group “endangers Africa and the world.”

“For the ANC to welcome Hamas leader Khaled Mashal to South Africa is a moral outrage, and disgraces the memory of Nelson Mandela,” said Goldstein, chief rabbi to South Africa’s sizable Jewish community since 2005.

“Hamas openly promotes the most brutal violence as a religious ideal and is an ideological ally of Boko Haram, which wreaks unspeakable horror and suffering on the African continent. Welcoming such an ideology endangers Africa and the world,” Goldstein told The Algemeiner.

The bilateral meeting between ANC leaders — including South African President Jacob Zuma and party Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe — and Hamas’ peripatetic politburo chief also drew a harsh response from Israel, whose Foreign Ministry summoned the South African deputy ambassador in response to the event.

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“This invitation buoys up and encourages terrorism while blatantly and unashamedly ignoring the position of the international community, which designates Hamas as a terrorist organization,” the ministry said in a statement.

The meeting was reported on Monday by an account linked to the ANC party and followed by at least 214,000 users on Twitter. During the talks, Mashal presented Zuma, Mantashe and ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbate with gifts. The Hamas leader announced that the two parties had signed a letter of intent and discussed “mutual relations.”

Mantashe said the statement of intent sought to build a “long-lasting relationship” between the ANC and Hamas, in South Africa.

Earlier this year, the ANC announced that the government would review dual-citizenship laws in South Africa, especially to keep South Africans from serving in the Israel Defense forces. The issue raised eyebrows in South Africa’s Jewish community, with Goldstein producing a YouTube video protesting the move. During the clip, Goldstein accused ANC leaders of playing into Hamas’ hands.

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  • Sally

    Good. Now we know who the Muslim Brotherhood-linked elements are in South Africa. They were all at the event in Cape Town waving their terrorist flags plain as day. Imams denouncing extreme Islam can now be called out as liars. And the ANC’s pathetic, unparalleled immaturity and inability to govern gets wider notice so maybe more money for the DA. I’m afraid there’s not much to be done about the insane anti-Israel scapegoating except to hope that maybe some local journalists get a proper fright and stop with their biased, nonsensical victimology and give the public an honest wake up.

  • JOE

    amazing how many jews worldwide are blind to Israel’s gross violation of Palestinian rights.

    • Sally

      Joe, do yourself a favour and read all about it somewhere neutral like Wikipedia, scratch your head and slowly notice how your marshmallow mind has been liquidated by liberal leftist relativist droning on about imperialism, racism and everything else terrible about western civilisation you can possibly think of. Yours from the upright

  • dennis rakgoadi

    This relationship between ANC and HAMAS(VIOLENC)is regrettable to say the least. Next it will be BOKOHARAM that kidnapped and maimed young girls in Nigeria ISIS (Islamic state)which behead Christians for worshiping the One true God and Al shabaab that reek havoc in their respective countries and neighbouring countries like Kenya. Genesis 12v3 God says I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. May these curses be bestowed upon the ANC leadership and their children to the tenth generation.

  • steven L

    Obviously South Africans did not “benefit” from Islamic slavery experience but it looks like they would have enjoyed it. In stead they got the Brits. What was “better”, the Brits or the Slave men? Some South Africans must be on the SA or and Qatar payroll.

  • Anthony Jackson

    ….You cannot expect anything more from stupid, immoral, corrupt and backward people.This country is slowly going down the drain.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Post WW2 some of us said the Africans and Asians might have been better under British governance. Today we’re not allowed to say such things, even if we know it is true!

  • A SWITZER

    Read history. Mandela was a great man, but upon release, with help from his Jewish lawyer, he went to meet with anti Israel terrorists, not Israel.

  • reevin stein

    Mr. Goldstein either knows little about Mandela, or is stating false PR, to make a point. First, the teenage, young adult & lawyer, who was jailed for revolution, was, like his pals Lumumba & Fanon, an ardent Nkrumah-Leninist, pan-Africanism commie. Second, the elderly Mandela, the PR we knew from media, was, like his pal Tutu, a passionate pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist. Hence, based on 1+2, we may conclude that, like 0bam0+Zuma, Mandela would feast the nazis-chamas-fatach-jihad.

    • D. Feinberg

      You are the ignorant disrespectful fool. Have the courtesy to acknowledge Chief Rabbi Dr Goldstein and show due regard for his wisdom and academic accomplishments. This isle man has degrees in law!!!

  • Eve

    I don’t understand why everone is so shocked and surprised. The ANC, even under Mandela, was never friendly to Israel.

  • HaDaR

    Why the surprise?
    The ANC is a COMMUNIST MOVEMENT THAT ALWAYS PRACTICED TERRORISM…

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    Mandela made ferocious declarations against Israel, so…

  • South Africa is loosing the ability of being a democracy,going towards boodthirsty organizisation who are happy to spill jewish blood today and the Suothafricans one in the future.

  • Bob Smith

    Is the good rabbi going to explain “The Curse Of Ham” to black Africans?

    Will the good rabbi explain Talmud and Shulkan Aruk to black Africans?

    Why don’t you just keep your mouths shut? Die with dignity for crying out loud.

    • Potato man

      You are an insensitive lout. You also speak of things you know nothing about

  • Dante

    The ANC should now be renamed to ANSC, African National Socialist Congress.

  • It’s an absolute disgrace that the ANC can invite this man but then they had Leila Khalid and th president of Sudan who is wanted by the ice. The ANC are becoming an terrorist organization

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    It must be acknowledged that Mandela met with Arafat, kissed him on both cheeks, and lauded his memory after his death. The precedent for nefarious contact between the ANC and terrorist groups in Israel’s neighbourhood is not new. What becomes of this new start between the ANC and Hamas should not be taken lightly not only by South Africans and Africans in general, but my us here in Israel as well. Nothing good in any stretch of the imagination can derive from such a connection between the ANC and Hamas.

  • Mickey Oberman

    South Africa is gradually drifting backward in time and becoming a violent racist country.
    Some people are incapable of learning from the past and must, therefore,
    relive it again and again.

  • NuritG

    What a pity for South Africa. They have changed apartheid system with corruption, crime and the love for terror. One can only wonder they the ANC is such a deplorable mark on apartheid “free” South Africa.

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