A Walk Of Shame

2016-07-27 08:58

The children of Palestine woke up from their slumber feeling a little easier this past Sunday morning. How could they not? Simply knowing that Deputy Minister of the Presidency Buti Manamela was to walk Johannesburg’s Walk The Talk for them, and for the boycott of Israel, must have been a massive comfort to them. Had they actually heard of him of course - which I (am embarrassed to say) I had not.

Sadly, the dead children of Syria and the ones being beheaded across the Middle East for listening to Western Music, or those wanting to worship a religion of their choice (like Christianity) or the street children in South Africa (where he is apparently a Deputy Minister to the President) or those that are starving to death in Zimbabwe or other places in Africa, were on their own this past Sunday.

Which is not surprising, but is rather a pity for them.

The children murdered in Kabul over the weekend and those that woke up as orphans also got no mention. Nor those gunned down in Munich Friday night. But that is unsurprising coming from a Deputy Minister of a Government as corrupt and as easily traded as the South African Government is.

When I first heard he was walking for the children of Palestine, I assumed it must be a tunnel tour. Because that is where Hamas is taking their children this summer. Not to the beaches across Israel (where everyone is welcome) and Gaza (where no Jew is allowed), but on tours of terror tunnels. Tunnels designed to infiltrate another country and to carry our murderous attacks on its citizens. But maybe the (Deputy) Minister (whose name I forget) didn’t know that. Perhaps he didn’t know that Hamas had used these children as human shields, that they had launched rockets from their schools and hospitals.

Perhaps he hasn’t seen Palestinian TV where children’s programs are designed to encourage the youth to carry out suicide attacks and where those that die while attempting to kill someone Jewish are hailed as heroes. Perhaps he doesn’t know that the families of the attacker receive financial reward for their death – in order to encourage the violence that plagues the region. Perhaps he missed that.

He must also have missed the fact that Israel is one of the only countries in the Middle East that values freedom of speech (I guess given the SABC approach that is no longer an aspiration) or freedom of religion for that matter. It is also one of the only countries in the region where gay men and women are not persecuted. And yet, this is the cause that he chose to highlight.

And then, to add insult to stupidity, this week sees the South African Government inviting a “Broad spectrum” of Palestinian politicians to the shores of this country. South Africa, it would seem, and by the admission of the visitors, is the only country in the world who is prepared to do this. And it is little wonder, as many of the visitors are known for their links to terror.

The list of afflictions suffered by the youth of South Africa, let alone in other parts of the world is endless. The prospect of a terror attack within the boarders of the country is documented and real.

And yet, with all this, the South African Government and their Deputy Ministers have identified a cause that will undoubtedly cost her citizens way more than they will be prepared to pay.

One has to wonder when the South African Government will realise that it needs to represent it’s own people.

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