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    • Nico de Lange
    • 15.02.12 | 20:23 (IST)

    That 'worldview' - that Israeli Arabs (& yes, Palestinian Arabs too) collectively & without exception are & always will be a threat to Israel's Jews - is possibly the most significant similarity between Israel today & Apartheid South Africa. The denial of the vote to black South Africans, the violation of their human dignity, the atrocities committed against them - those things were the symptoms of the fundamental origins of the Apartheid system & ideology. The Afrikaner people were subconsciously reacting to a dark, unspoken fear that we were interlopers, who despite our emotional commitment to this land (which in many ways is as deep as that of Jews to Palestine), had no justification to be here. That our black compatriots had reason to resent our presence. That they were justified in their opposition to us. And so we sought to suppress that fear with evil. We used all the resources of our country & the South African state to terrorize our black compatriots into submission. We did that to safeguard our hegemony. And in the end, we failed. And guess what, our failure did not result in mass-murder, or expropriation of our property & wealth, or denial of OUR humanity. No, because we stood up & admitted our guilt, & asked for forgiveness, we were forgiven & accepted by our victims. The 'age of miracles' is yet with us, in this day & age.

    from the article: The documenter of the Israeli Jewish DNA
    First published 04:22 15.02.12 | Last updated 04:22 15.02.12
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