As the First World War raged, the imperial powers raced to recognize Jewish self-determination. France put out its pro-Zionist statement five months before Balfour, while Britain worried that enemy Germany would also pre-empt it
Benjamin Pogrund was deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg, and later chief foreign sub-editor of the U.K.'s Independent newspaper. After moving to Israel in 1997 he founded Yakar's Center for Social Concern in Jerusalem. He is the author of "Drawing Fire: Investigating the accusations of apartheid in Israel."
Saying it is apartheid may alleviate the frustrations of those who hate occupation, but it's completely inaccurate, insults South Africans, and feeds Israel's most hate-filled enemies.
The Jewish community has confronted its complicity in apartheid, and now finds itself increasingly held to account for Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
The new Jewish state used the legal techniques of a new Muslim state to deprive its own mainly-Muslim refugees of their properties. How ironic.
Mandela's death triggered a media avalanche which has debased the South African leader's memory while inaccurately singling out Israel for its support of apartheid.
Nelson Mandela's personal generosity was at the heart of his incredible political accomplishments but also reached beyond them to those who knew and loved him.
Israelis are so estranged from their region that the wider Middle East is another world to us. Now is the chance to test our neighbors' commitment to dialogue - through the Arab Peace Initiative - if we genuinely want peace.
As the controversy over the deaths of Palestinians in Israeli jails continues to stoke unrest, the prison service invited journalists to visit the only Israeli prison in the West Bank. This is what I saw.
Despite their limited knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, South Africans have many prejudices that are being fueled by anti-Israel groups
In post-apartheid South Africa, what is happening to the Afrikaners - the white supremacists who used to run the country?
Israeli academics are being watched. Vigilantes check what they say or write - and, if they are judged 'anti-Israel,' incite donors to the universities and colleges where they teach to act against them. Students are encouraged to spy on their teachers and to report what they say.
Israel needs to appoint its own committee to investigate the IDF's actions in Gaza, so it can be certain when it tells its critics that their accusations are skewed and unjustified.
Whatever doubts his countrymen had about him, Jacob Zuma's triumph at South Africa's polls yesterday is proof of the popularity of the charismatic autodidact. Rampant crime, poverty, failing schools and a health crisis await him.
Calling Israel's occupation 'apartheid' is not only wrong but thoughtless - because it ignores what is happening in the world, and especially the imminence of the Durban Review Conference.
Robert Sobukwe, in a letter about the 1967 war: 'Nobody is going to be 'taught a lesson' by anybody.'
South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki says he wants to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He has turned away from his declared intention of speaking to Hamas and says he will deal only with Mahmoud Abbas.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and one of the founders of the Geneva peace initiative can't get a permit to enter Israel.
South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has accepted a Palestinian invitation to visit Ramallah, and wants to use it to take up an 'open invitation' to visit Israel.
Because detention without trial was common in apartheid South Africa and is widely used in Israel today does not mean that Israel is an apartheid state.
Although the two cases are very different, important lessons can be drawn from South Africa for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
Giliomee shows a continuum of prejudice and action which led remorselessly to apartheid.
"Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa" by Gideon Shimoni, published by Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England and David Philip, $32.79.
Unconscionable or excusable? A look at the actions of the Jewish community in South Africa through the darkest period of apartheid rule
For nearly 50 years, the African National Congress adhered to nonviolence, begging the ruling white minority in South Africa for equality for the black majority. The government's response was brutality.
The so-called truth commissions that have convened to confront the dark past of various nations are problematic - but vital
Crime is rife, health care is a disaster, housing and education are in crisis - but the black government is slowly managing to extricate South Africa from an entrenched legacy of apartheid.