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Lieberman: A Pogrom against South Africa’s Jews only a Matter of Time

Lieberman accused the government of South Africa of "fomenting an anti-Israel and antisemitic atmosphere."
South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says Israeli policies are just like the old Apartheid. It's a good time for Jews to fly out of there.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says Israeli policies are just like the old Apartheid. It's a good time for Jews to fly out of there.

Two days after South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has instructed her staff in the ministerial council not to visit Israel, comparing the Israeli occupation of Judea and Samaria to the apartheid in her country years ago, former Israeli Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Knesset Foreign and Security Committee MK Avigdor Lieberman has warned that “a pogrom against the Jews of South Africa is only a matter of time,” calling on all the Jews there to make aliyah.

Writing in his Facebook page, Lieberman, whose case of fraud and breach of trust as Foreign Minister will be decided in court this week, wrote that “the things said by the South African foreign minister this weekend, that South African government officials will no longer visit Israel in a show of solidarity wit the Palestinians, were a mix of hypocrisy and classic antisemitism.”

Lieberman accused the government of South Africa of “fomenting an anti-Israel and antisemitic atmosphere.” He called on South African Jews to make aliyah “before it’s too late.”

Some 70 thousand Jews live in South Africa today, most of them in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Every year about 1,000 Jews leave the country, mostly because of the economic situation. The government’s blatant anti-Israeli attitude contributes a s well to Jewish migration.

An anonymous source in the Israeli foreign ministry speaking to Walla criticized Lieberman, not so much for his assessment of the situation, but for his unabashed style, which the source fears might endanger South African Jews.

Former Israeli ambassador to South Africa Ilan Baruch told Walla that Lieberman’s statement was “irresponsible and showed” the former foreign minister’s “complete ignorance regarding the complexity of the status of South Africa’s Jews, which combines a warm, Zionist loyalty to Israel with a deep commitment to the new South Africa.”

Baruch added that “Lieberman and his camp are the main reason for the South African criticism against Israel.”

So now you know where his excellency the ambassador is coming from.

The main problem South African Jews are facing is the total devaluation of their holdings. They possess real estate and businesses that cannot be sold for a reasonable proximity of their value. They are, in essence, trapped in their depleting wealth.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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19 Responses to “Lieberman: A Pogrom against South Africa’s Jews only a Matter of Time”

  1. Ken Kelso says:

    The lie of South Africa under the white led government which people always say is one of the worst governments in history is laughable.
    Around 7000 blacks were killed by the White led government of South Africa from 1948-1989. This was established by the Truth and Reconciliation committee headed up by Desmond Tutu post 1994.

    I'm betting he was very disappointed that not more killings could be uncovered as he was under the impression that the white government were willy-nilly black killers – untrue of course.

    Today there are around 50 murders PER DAY in South Africa under the communist ANC. That's a figure the ANC admits to, but it's probably higher as there is a muzzling of crime stats these days….

    It should be noted 70,000 Whites have been killed by Blacks in South Africa in the last 19 years.

  2. This is one of the most irresponsible and stupid statements I have ever read. If this man was qualified to be a Foreign minister of a country it could only be Loonie land.

  3. This is one of the most irresponsible and stupid statements I have ever read. If this man was qualified to be a Foreign minister of a country it could only be Loonie land.

  4. So, the Muslims in SouthAfrican government are bigots. That's to be expected, but her antiSemitic remarks show her for what she is. A bigot!

  5. Brothers & Sisters TIME TO GO HOME!!!!

  6. Murray Levine says:

    This "man" is a woman!

  7. When years ago soutrh Florida received the man that later became president of south Africa was clear on his anti -Jewish attitude,It was a sign of what to come.

  8. But the Rebbe said that it would be good for the Jews in South Africa UNTIL Moshiach. Believe that!

  9. forget the money. just get out. the place is now no more than another african hellhole. Israel. stop sharing information Today and scientific advances with these enemies, these anti=semite jew haters.

  10. AC Stubbs says:

    So this bitch says the only country in the ME that has Muslims, Jews, AND Christians in government office is apartheid What a POS

  11. Ronald Serra says:

    Os judeus de todo mundo devem fazer migração para Israel. As portas estão abertas em Israel e se fechando em todo o mundo para os Judeus.
    Que Mashiah venha.

  12. Ron Kall says:

    …and of course, the liberal Jews of South Africa supported the overthrow of the white run government of South Africa and this is exactly what they get for supporting the blacks. In the US Jews started the NAACP and were leaders in the civil rights movement and now the US is full of black leaders and movements that preach hatred for Jews! Ask Desmond Tutu! Liberal Jews are the enemy of world Jewry!

  13. It is just a matter of time before SA goes the way of Rhodesia…with their very own 'Mugabi' styled dictator…and all the productive lands left to go fallow and be grazed by wildlife…nothing that we do will please our implacable enemy…so why do anything for them?

  14. Anonymous says:

    ICAM!

  15. We Jews often help those who some time later became our enemies, persecutors or, at least, laughing bystanders. — Noi ebrei spesso aiutiamo coloro che dopo un pò di tempo si rivelano di essere nostri nemici, persecutori o ridenti spettatori.

  16. UC Irvine Admissions? One would think someone with a college education would know the difference between being a critic of Israel and an antisemite.

    Israel's behavior and the apologists for that behavior are responsible for what the mindless call antisemitism these days but that the latter will admit that is unlikely.

  17. Ross Yerkes says:

    Throughout history the Jews have been hated and persecuted. This hatred is even so wide spread and common that there is a special name for it – Anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, and in spite of it, they manipulate the greatest power the world has ever known: the USA and its allies. Everywhere you look, they wield grossly disproportionate power and influence; from Hollywood, to Wall St., from local and state governments, to Washington D.C., the World Bank, the states of Europe and the U.N. They were the first Anti-Christ, having Jesus murdered and persecuting his followers, and have become the most prominent Anti-Christ in these “Last Days” with their God hating, and Creation worshiping, Communism and Marxist, Secularism. (Romans 1:25&30) And thus, history has come full circle in the last 2000 years, with the same people who were the first and most prominent Anti-Christ, showing up again, as also being the most prominent Anti-Christ in the “Last Days”.

  18. Floris Brand says:

    when you look at those numbers can one still say the membersof the red october movement is crying wolf

  19. Here is the problem this country has always had an undercurrent of anti Jew ans Israel. The Nats never repented or repealed the quote act of 1930 nor the Aliens act of 1937. The Nats were never pro Jewish and never encouraged Jewish immigration. God gave them 40 years to repent, they refused, so they lost there power to the black majority. The Black majority were supported in their struggle with apartheid with the assistance of the Jewish community. Many Jews became members of the ANC. Now these same blacks are turning their backs on Jewry and Israel. I predict with this attitude, the power of the ANC will now diminish in South Africa until it becomes the voice of a mouse. The curse has begun on the ANC. The rot will soon be apparent. If you curse Israel your fate is sealed and doomed. For the God of Abraham himself will fight against you. My advice is; If the ANC does not change its attitude the Jewish community must begin to look away from South Africa and look to moving to Israel or elsewhere where they are safe. South Africa will become a living hell for all of us, particularly the whites, Jews and Protestants who respect the God of Israel.

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