Brian Mulroney, a former Prime Minister who was a Conservative finally saw the light and threw in his lot with Nelson Mandela and the ANC in their fight against apartheid.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attending Mandela’s funeral in Johannesburg has yet to connect the dots and speak out against the new apartheid regime in Israel.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, now the moral voice of South Africa stated in 2012:
“The Jewish Holocaust, engineered and implemented primarily by Europeans, gave some ideologues within the Jewish and Christian community an excuse to implement plans that were in the making for at least 50 years, under the rubric of exceptional Jewish security. In this way began the immense oppression of the Palestinian people, who were not at all involved in the Holocaust. Not only is this group of people being oppressed more than the apartheid ideologues could ever dream about in South Africa, their very identity and history are being denied and obfuscated.”
“Israeli Apartheid”while dissimilar in some ways to South African brand means “separate development” much like South Africa—the segregation of populations similar to the bantustans, two legal systems, two infrastructures, horrible imbalances in education, water and “Israeli only roads”, travel restrictions.,no Law of Return for Palestinians.The horror show goes on and it is obvious to all who care to see.
What prevents Stephen Harper from seeing this? Pure, blinkered ideology unbecoming a head of state and an intelligent human being.
Two notable Israeli figures took a pass on Mandiba’s funeral: Bibi Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.
Israeli columnist Eitan Haber naiied it with his obvious explanation
Israel in the ‘70s and ‘80s was a full, enthusiastic partner of the apartheid regime. Until this day, millions of South African citizens have not forgotten nor forgiven Israel’s role. … Yesterday’s announcement of the cancellation of Netanyahu’s flight to the ceremony shouldn’t have surprised anyone. The leader has not yet been born who will knowingly step into a boiling pot of hatred and contempt. Netanyahu, if he were to go to the funeral, could attract headlines in the world media – negative ones. It’s a great honor to stand at a funeral alongside the presidents of the United States and other countries, next to kings, prime ministers, princes and the who’s who of the world. But it’s a very small honor indeed to have hundreds of TV cameras aimed at you when you are rejected, ostracized, disgraced.
Two heads of states: one goes to Mandela’s funeral while supporting Israeli apartheid; the other stays away because he does not want an international light shined on Israel’s former embrace of the South African apartheid regime.
Both small men devoid of a scintilla of justice.The wellsprings of compassion have dried up.