Sarah

South African Apartheid Returns?

Israel is accusing South Africa of implementing Apartheid style politics to discriminate against Israel. This follows statements by the Jewish communal leadership in South Africa saying that countries new policy of  requiring Israeli goods made in the West Bank to have labels saying they originate from “Israeli-occupied territory.”

The Jewish community described the policy as “discriminatory, divisive, inconsistent with South African trade policy and seriously flawed from both an administrative and procedural point of view” and said they were a form “political bias against the State of Israel”. The South African Jewish community says they have “shown a willingness to discuss compromises and explore solutions that might allay the concerns of all parties” but that the South African Government has “refused to meaningfully engage on the issue”.

While the Palestinian Authority is pushing for a ban on the importation of products from Israeli factories over the green line, some on the ground have pointed out that Palestinians who work in those factories have good relations with Jews in the area and earn decent salaries. On the ground, such a boycott may cause factories to close and thousands of ordinary Palestinians to lose their jobs.

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has noted the rise of discrimination in South Africa itself, and the tragic killing of striking mine workers. Ayalon wrote, “instead of taking a decision to mark Israeli products, it would have been better had the South African government taken a courageous decision in regards to the 34 innocent miners who only wanted to improve their work conditions.”

Well… what do people think?

  • CML

    Sarah, I wonder why so many people, including people in far away South Africa, have such an obsession with what’s happening in Israel. In any case perhaps the position of South Africa would be more credible if the South African government was not so chummy with serial abusers of human rights such as Iran, China, Zimbabwe and Syria.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-De-Angelis/551982984 Andre De Angelis

      In any case perhaps the position of South Africa would be more credible
      if the South African government was not so chummy with serial abusers
      of human rights such as Iran, China, Zimbabwe and Syria.

      LOL. During it;s apartheid years, South Africa’s closest chum was Israel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andre-De-Angelis/551982984 Andre De Angelis

    On the ground, such a boycott may cause factories to close and thousands of ordinary Palestinians to lose their jobs.

    BDS began as a Palestininian initiative. They are in suport fo BDS just as black South Africans were in favor of boycotting South Africa.

    As for Ayalon’s comments, he might want to refrain from thorwing stones given the glass house Israel resides in. Israel has murdered a lot more than 34 Palestinians this year, not to mention the 20 they killed who only wanted to return to their homes during Nakba day last year…or the 9 they killed who only wanted to imporve the plight of Palestinians in Gaza on board the Mavi Marmara.

    I believe Ayalon claimed at the time they were all Al Qaeda – which like everythign else he claims – tured otu to be false.

  • olesker