Howard Feldman

The ANC's endorsement of Hamas is unnerving

2017-12-19 17:26

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Whilst most of us were watching the ANC’s conference in order to see who would be chosen as the next leader of the party, a dangerous side show took place. 

The ANC were not only supposed to debate the downgrade of the South African embassy with regard to Israel, but also invited members of terror organisation Hamas to attend the conference. 

What could possibly go wrong?

So here are some queries:

Should the ANC be concerned as to whom they invite to attend their national conference? Should they be concerned as to whom they provide a platform to and what, if anything, does the nature of their guests say about them as an organisation?  

I am Jew and a Zionist. I support the Jewish right to self-determination and the goal of a two-state solution where Jew and Palestinian live side-by-side in peace. 

The simple question that the ANC could ask their ‘esteemed’ guests – members of terror organisation Hamas – is if they too, support the concept of a Two-State Solution?

We know the answer. Because the Hamas Charter is clear:

There will not be a Jew left in Israel if Hamas has its way.

Jews have experienced ethnic cleansing before – where Europe rid itself of most of its Jews in the Holocaust. Hamas’ intention is to do the same in Israel. One wonders, given that the ANC is happy to affiliate with and become close to Hamas, how the organisation feels about the intention to ethnically cleanse the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, of Jews. 

Why would the ANC choose to be complicit in such evil? Why, one wonders would they choose to send a message to the Jews of their country that they support an organisation that states very clearly in its charter that it seeks the death of Jews?

We know the ANC is open to capture. We know that they have become an organisation with no moral compass. We know that they are floundering as they seek an identity that is less ignoble and shameful. Could they have been sold (or bought) that which the BDS in South Africa has sold them? Without so much as determining for themselves if it is the path of the righteous?

And if there is doubt as to the intentions of Hamas, the 850 000 Jews that were expelled from Arab countries when Israel became a state in 1948 pretty much settle it.

Should the ANC be a concerned that Hamas

- has not allowed a free democratic election in Gaza? 
- routinely throws gay people off buildings? 
- uses women and children as human shields? 
- utilises aid money intended for schools and hospitals and infrastructure for the construction of terror tunnels? 
- educates their children to hate Jews, to sing songs about killing them and to dress them up in suicide vests to make it a reality? 

Should it be a concern that Hamas has been implicated in terror activity in the US during successive American administrations – Obama and Trump – with its members being banned from travelling to the US? 

Is it perhaps not worth mentioning that the wars that Israel launched against Gaza was a defensive response to the thousands upon thousands of rockets that Hamas fired into areas in Israel over months and months – at schools, and villages and civilians?

Or that it was triggered by the kidnapping of three Israeli school boys who they shot and murdered in cold blood for no reason other than their hatred for Jews?
  
It’s fairly simple for the ANC. All they need to do is to take a quick look at the Hamas Charter to get a sense of what the organisation truly stands for. For ease of reference, I have even provided the link. It took me just a few minutes to browse through it – and I would encourage ANC to do the same. 

Hamas does not desire peace. It will not recognise Israel’s right to exist and it will not disarm.

Worse, it would subscribe to another ‘Final Solution’ for the Jews of Israel. 

Hamas is a terror organisation like ISIS – but with one difference. Unlike ISIS, Hamas’s intended victims are mostly Jews. 

And with the ANC providing credibility and friendship to Hamas’s premier spokesman, the organisation needs to be aware that in doing so, it becomes complicit in promoting the terror the organisation stands for.

The downgrade of the Israeli embassy is folly. Israel might be imperfect. But so are many countries including our own. Nothing in its own behaviour gives the ANC the right to judge. Not when it has let its own people down. Not when it did nothing to assist the Zimbabweans for decades. Not when it harboured the Omar al-Bashirs of the world. Not when it remained silent on Syria; on Iraq with regard to the Yazidis and on China with regard to their treatment of the Tibetans. South Africa is silent with regard to Turkey and its treatment of the Kurds and Iran as it persecutes and hangs gay people from cranes. 

To downgrade the embassy is to send a message to Jews that they are being singled out and targeted. And no good comes out of that. 

As a South African Jew I am ashamed and appalled that the leading political party of my country can invite an organisation that desires my death and the death of my family and fellow Jews. 

It’s more than a little unnerving. 

- Feldman is the author of Carry on Baggage and Tightrope and the afternoon drive show presenter on Chai FM.

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