A controversial campaign in the Western world links Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa, called the Israeli apartheid week. Inside Story asks: Is criticism of specific Israeli policies raising doubts about Israel’s right to exist? And is Israel now on the PR offensive to fight back?

Watch the following to get some of the answers…..


From a South African point of view…..

Here is an excerpt from a speech Nelson 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.

It behooves all South Africans, themselves erstwhile beneficiaries of generous international support, to stand up and be counted among those contributing actively to the cause of freedom and justice.

Even during the days of negotiations, our own experience taught us that the pursuit of human fraternity and equality — irrespective of race or religion – should stand at the centre of our peaceful endeavours. The choice is not between freedom and justice, on the one hand, and their opposite, on the other. Peace and prosperity; tranquility and security are only possible if these are enjoyed by all without discrimination.

It is in this spirit that I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood.

The complete speech can be read HERE


  1. Wibeford said,

    March 6, 2010 at 20:03

    “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel like South Africa, is an apartheid state” (Rand Daily Mail, 23 Novemeber 1961). Those were not the words of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu or Ruth First, but were uttered by none other than the architect of apartheid itself, racist Prime Minister, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd.

  2. John said,

    March 6, 2010 at 23:30

    Israel stole the land to get their nation and that wasn’t enough. They can have peace anytime they want, instead they crave for more land. But exactly why do Palestinians have to die for this? Could it be that dead men tell no tales, that Israel wishs to create a new history once the slate is wiped clean? A thief has no right to their stolen goods. None. Their guilty conscience, knowing that they are indeed theives, makes them demand an answer to the question of a right to exist. On he other hand since lying to Goyim is sport and very acceptable, the question could be shrewd tactics to get the land. Essentially encapsulated as “ho, ho, ho, those dumb Goy! They fell for it again.”. The right to exist is an irrelevant question. The question is, have the Israelis stolen Palestinian land? If you can answer this question for yourself, then you know why there has been no peace the last sixty years.

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  4. Paul Mills said,

    March 7, 2010 at 03:59

    As a South African, I am embarrassed by the lack of cohesion in the fight against israel’s racist and apartheid system.

    We were shown the way by the world and now we stand and twiddle our thumbs!!!

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