The Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) has come to the defence of SA Deputy Minister Fatima Hajaig, slamming the SA Jewish Board's decision to lodge a case with the SA Human Rights Commission.
|The group said the SAJBD’s efforts to have Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Fatima Hajaig appear before the SA Human Rights Commission “is no more than a sinister means of diverting public attention from the ever increasing reports war crimes, ethnic cleansing and a massive humanitarian crisis caused in Gaza by Israel”.|
The PSA says that many stalwarts of the struggle were in attendance. I have to assume that their silence amounts to support for what the Deputy Minister said.
|In particular, we are grateful that many stalwarts of the struggle against apartheid graced the occasion and also addressed the large crowd. COSATU’s Zwelenzima Vavi, SA Council of Churches’ Eddy Makue, the ANC’s David Makuru and many more, including Fatima Hagaij rallied the people to galvanise support for the victims of Zionist aggression in every possible way. Boycott, divestments and sanctions were amongst the main themes of the evening including demands on government to sever all ties with Israel,” Adam said.|
The PSA implores us to listen to the words of the Deputy Minister:
|The PSA reconfirmed its support for Hajaig and said they were confident that she will not be deterred by “spurious fabricated allegations of anti-Semitism. Together we will mobilize South Africa against Israeli apartheid and its agents like Tony Leon whose silence during the 22 days of terror equated to consent. We ask that they take the time to listen to words of our Deputy Minister, other speakers at the rally and the world in general rather than allow the SAJBD and SAZF to lead them by the nose,” the statement concluded.|
So far to my knowledge, the DA are the only political party who have been brave enough to place principles before votes and condemn the the Deputy Minister's statements. Tony Leon has now been labelled an agent of apartheid Israel, from a group who claims to be defending freedom of expression in South Africa. The mind boggles.
Incidentally, the Deputy Minister was "Mampara of the week" in this week's Sunday Times. You gotta love this.
This midgety mampara has no place in foreign affairs. She is a foreign object, which must be expelled from the body politic. Laxatives, anyone?