Thursday, November 1, 2012

ANC Zionhass a Toxic "Gift" From the Commies?

Ever wonder why the South African government and dizzy Des Tutu are too-too obsessed with the fiction of "Israeli apartheid," an obsession which often sees 'em raving a la classically zany Jew-haters? Ben Cohen of Contentions has a go at explaining it:
It was, in fact, the Soviet Union that established the analogy, by linking the Palestinian and black South African struggles in its propaganda. Those readers who can bear to revisit UN General Assembly Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism, should note the awkwardly-worded observation that,
“…the racist regime in occupied Palestine and the racist regime in Zimbabwe and South Africa have a common imperialist origin, forming a whole and having the same racist structure and being organically linked in their policy aimed at repression of the dignity and integrity of the human being.”
The ANC, which always oriented itself to the Soviet bloc and still maintains a close relationship with the unapologetically Stalinist South African Communist Party, has not discarded this Soviet ideological baggage. That commitment, far more than any distinctive insights generated by the experience of living with apartheid in its South African homeland, explains why the country’s leaders are so willing to downplay the historic sufferings of their own people in order to batter Israel with the language of racism. 
Cohen adds this zinger re others who are fixated on the "Israeli apartheid" canard:
And it perhaps also explains why the BDS movement has failed in its bid to become a mass campaign with real impact. Instead, it has resigned itself to being a forum for assorted extreme leftists to pile moral opprobrium on Zionism and Israel. That is, when they are not paying tribute to Fidel Castro as a “revolutionary icon in the fight for freedom and equality.”
If you hate Israel and love Fidel, your moral compass and worldview are both seriously out of whack.

1 comment:

Carlos Perera said...

No doubt, the Soviets' conflation of Zionism with European colonialism in Africa is a factor in the ANC's view of Israel, but--and I realize I sound like a broken record--I am convinced that a lot of their animus is purely racial, as the Israelis are the designated honkies of the Middle East, and the Palestinian are the virtuous "people of color."

Unfortunately, the division of the world into evil, pale "ice people" and victimized-but-virtuous people of color, in the narrative of the Left (and--I say this reluctantly--in the minds of many, perhaps most blacks) seems to be the most lasting legacy of the latter stages of the American Civil Rights Movement. Many logical inconsistencies result from this paradigm, but there you have it anyway.