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The Day Mandela Went to Shul and Preached against Aliyah

With all due respect to the man and his memory, Mandela promoted strong independent states for minorities – except Israel. He publicly praised Arab terrorism against Israel in the name of "freedom."
Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd at the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation in Cape Town  in 1994. SA Rochlin Archives, SAJBD

Nelson Mandela salutes the crowd at the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation in Cape Town in 1994. SA Rochlin Archives, SAJBD
Photo Credit: SA Rochlin Archives, SAJBD

One of the first things that Nelson Mandela did after being elected president of South Africa in 1994 was visit a synagogue and preach against aliyah at Cape Town’s Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation on the Shabbat after his election.

Here is an excerpt from JTA’s report:

“The congregants heard Mandela make an appeal from the pulpit for Jewish expatriates to return to South Africa.

“Pointedly excluding aliyah by saying he understands the Jewish community’s commitment to Israel, Mandela said, ‘We want those who left (for other countries) because of insecurity to come back and to help us to build our country.’

“He added that those who do not return should contribute their money and skills to South Africa.

“Mandela thanked the Jewish community for its contribution toward the development of South Africa and assured Jews they have nothing to fear from a government of national unity.

“He said he felt an affinity with the Jewish community, since it was a Jewish firm that gave him an apprenticeship in the early days of his law career, when discrimination was rife.

“He also said that he had befriended his Jewish defense counsel during the treason trial which led to his imprisonment in the 1950s and that he was still in contact with the lawyer.

“He stated that he recognizes the right to existence of the State of Israel, along with the right of Palestinians to live in their own homeland.

“He noted that he considered it significant that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat last week signed an agreement in Cairo implementing Palestinian self-rule — the same week that South Africa elected its new leadership.

“At the reception following the service, some of the younger members of the congregation raised clenched fists in solidarity with the ANC, while the shul choir led in the singing of the country’s new national anthem, “Nkosi Sikelel’ IAfrika.”

Mandela often said Israel should be a “secure“ state, but on the other hand, his citing the Palestinian-Israel conflict as dating back to 1948 clearing showed his definition of “secure” as twisted.

He wrote Thomas Friedman of The New York Times in 1991, “You incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967…. You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established ‘normally’ and happened to occupy another country in 1967.

“Palestinians are not struggling for a ‘state’ but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.”

Arabs in Judea and Samaria, who did not refer themselves as “Palestinians,” never ”struggled” for freedom under the Ottoman Empire, under the British Mandate and under the Jordanian occupation.

It was only when Jews re-established the modern State of Israel that they “struggled,” not for freedom but rather for the annihilation of Israel.

That explains how Mandela, more blind than the blindest American Secretary of State, could proclaim that Iran had no aggressive aims towards Israel. “We are indebted to the Islamic Revolution,” he one said while laying a wreath at the grave of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose idea of freedom meant a world free of Israel.

Mandela not only called Israel an “apartheid state” but also asserted that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was not a terrorist group.

He publicly supported violence against Israel during a visit to Yasser Arafat in Gaza in 1999, when he declared. “All men and women with vision choose peace rather than confrontation, except in cases where we cannot proceed, where we cannot move forward. Then if the only alternative is violence, we will use violence.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “The Day Mandela Went to Shul and Preached against Aliyah”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is why it is good and proper that Bibi did not attend his funeral, the man was anti Semitic to the core. He was not a friend for Israel, not at all.

  2. Good riddance to this black anti-Semite communist. His only legacy will be the utter destruction of South Africa.

  3. Lloyd Bergner says:

    Jews have dealt with the likes of Mandela, Arafat and their ilk for more than 4 millennia and survived. Am Yisrael Chai. Masada will not fall again.

  4. Vladimir Weissman says:

    Right! While he did choose reconciliation in his own land, he was a good communist and supported any and all communist type revolutions, however bloody and senseless. Including the Arab and Iranian ones. And the dead Ayatollah was Khomeini. Khamenei is still there spewing venom.

  5. MANDELA WAS A TREACHEROUS LYING FRAUD SOUTH AFRICAN MONKEY! I DON'T MEAN TO INSULT THE SIMIAN SPECIES!

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    And for this, Jews are expected to praise mandela and upset that Israel did not attend the festive occasion of Mandela's death. It should be declared as a global yom tov!

  7. Your college education taught you to express yourself like this?

  8. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    I cannot help but be astounded that so many Jews cling to their identity as a "minority group" and ignore their status as `Am HaBechirah. This identification explains the so-called "official Jewish leadership" knows only secular "enlightenment" concepts as an antidote to anti-Semitism and never mention the true solution–the conversion of the entire human race to the knowledge of HaShem under the Noachide Laws.

    Ironically, while liberals lament the "divisions among peoples," what is their division of all mankind into oppressive majorities and oppressed minorities but a huge chasm and an excuse to treat some people as angels and others as "devils?"

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