30 May 2007 - Letting Hamas in the back door?
I’m not sure whether this is true or not, but the Mail & Guardian recently reported that the South African Jewish community would agree to drop its objections to a visit from Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh if he came as the head of the Palestinian government and not as the head of the organization. If the facts line up—and I can’t confirm them yet—they would represent an astonishingly supine and indefensible position.
UPDATE: I am now informed that the Board has, in fact, taken no such position and that the M&G has the story wrong.
Meanwhile, the proposed South African boycott of Israel rolls along, getting coverage in Ha’aretz. Apparently the week of Palestinian solidarity events will kick off with Friday sermons in mosques around the country. These are bound to be radical—I have heard some broadcast on local radio, and they can be absolutely awful when it comes to the subject of Israel, or America. So much for moderation…