It wasn't easy for Helen Suzman either - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Avshalom Beni
    • 13.02.10 | 18:27 (IST)

    When Helen Suzman was ridiculed and abused by Botha and his copatriots in SA and told to leave and and go the hell "back to Israel", she thought back then in the Seventies that that we were indeed a better place to be -- a bastion of Jewish democracy, ethics, morality and social values. It was her Judaism which gave her the soul and the memory to understand the racist policies of her government. She fought alone as the only white woman, let alone Parliamentary representative to visit Mamdella and other black prisoners of conscience in their prison cells, One day, Amira Hass, we will thank you for being the thorn in our side, for not letting us conveniently avoid the sight, sound and smell of this destructive occupation. And when Israel is whole again as a Jewish sovereign nation living along side an independent Palestinian nation in mutual respect, dinity and equality, we will thank you for giving us no peace until there was peace.

    from the article: Giving in to the settlers in Beit Sahur
    First published 22:39 11.02.10 | Last updated 11:16 13.02.10
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