Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Franchising Apartheid

By now you know that my particular bete-noire is the Jewish anti-Zionist -- I feel that it is my job to help expose him and her for the lies they help to perpetuate. Here's a case-in-point:

Ronnie Kasrils, Jewish South African anti-Apartheid activist and later intelligence minister in post-Apartheid governments, is well known for his equating of Zionism with Apartheid and Nazism. "We must call baby killers "baby killers" and declare that those using methods reminiscent of the Nazis be told that they are behaving like Nazis. May Israelis wake up and see reason, as happened in South Africa, and negotiate peace." 


Writing in the Guardian from South Africa today, he is pushing that equation in support of current anti-Israel boycotts. This un-reconstructed Stalinist still sees the world in Manichean terms and cannot let go of the good-old-bad-old days of the anti-Apartheid struggle. He has helped spread the analogy by using his Jewish ancestry to legitimize those claims. 


There are many places to find talking points that demolish the analogy, but here is one article that really lays it all out by presenting a history of how it became the lazy-guy's anti-Zionism for Dummies cliche:

Franchising "Apartheid": Why South Africans Push the Analogy:
http://www.z-word.com/z-word-essays/franchising-%25E2%2580%259Capartheid%25E2%2580%259D%253A-why-south-africans-push-the-analogy.html?print

Other readings:
From today's JPost, "Hijacking Apartheid":
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=189563

Excellent round-up (dis)equating Zionism and Apartheid:
http://www.engageonline.org.uk/archives/index.php?id=37

If you feel you must read Kasril's drivel:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/29/south-africa-boycott-israel

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