19 January 2009

19 January 2009 - South Africa's deputy foreign minister attacks Jews

South Africa's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fatima Hajaig, launched into an anti-Jewish tirade at a recent political rally organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions. As David Saks reports:

Deputy Foreign Minister Fatima Hajaig informed a deliriously cheering crowd that America, as well as other Western countries, was in the grip of Jewish money power.

What the honorable FJ actually said was: “They in fact control [America]. No matter which government comes in to power, whether Republican or Democratic, whether Barack Obama or George Bush. The control of America, just like the control of most Western countries, is in the hands of Jewish money and if Jewish money controls their country then you cannot expect anything else”.

Comrade Fatima’s brazen invocation of the spectre of Jewish money exercising its malign behind-the-scenes influence in shaping world events was greeted with a particularly enthusiastic roar of appreciation by the audience. She even used the words “Jew” and “Jewish” rather than the code-word “Zionist”.

Hajaig also verbally abused the Israeli ambassador to South African in December. The fact that she has not been rebuked for her behavior can be taken as a sign that her actions and views are tolerated--perhaps even encouraged--by the president and the ruling party.


At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'tripartate' alliance is actually quite anarchic. Although it is quite in order to protest vigorously, it is silly to believe that this outburst represents anything other than the tenacity of ideological rhetoric on the part of certain comrades. Current events makes for an opportunity at recycling the old ideological rhetoric, just as the Durban Racism Conference did. Only when authoritative leaders behave in this manner consistently will it become a time for real concern for the future of SA Jewry.

At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reviewing recent events in South Africa in the wake of the recent Gaza war, it appears that a more consistent criticism of Israel by South African authorities is on the cards, and more Jewish left zionists and non zionists are distancing themselves from Israel. The future of Zionism in South Africa faces a far more treacherous road in the future.


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