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The top five most hypocritical Mandela eulogies by Israeli politicians

Israeli politicians have begun updating their Facebook pages with eulogies for the late Nelson Mandela. What do statesmen of the Jewish state – one of the last western countries to support the South African apartheid state and which today practices apartheid-like policies between the river and the sea – have to say about the man who brought racism to its knees? Here’s your definitive list (which may expand – I’ll update as the day goes on)

1) Naftali Bennett – Leader of the Jewish Home settler party

“Nelson Mandela
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With his willpower he changed the world.
May his memory be a blessing.”

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2) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Ruler of the land between the river and the sea

“Nelson Mandela was one of the most exemplary figures of our time. He was the father of his people, a visionary, a freedom fighter who opposed violence. He set a personal example to his people through the years he sat in jail. He never became haughty.

He worked to mend the tears in South African society and succeeded with his personality to prevent outbursts of hatred based on racism. He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa and as a leading moral leader.”

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3) President Shimon Peres – Symbolic leader of the land between the river and the sea

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4) Justice Minister Tzipi Livni – Represents and works for “justice” between the river and the sea.

“Nelson Mandela is gone. The death of a great leader and true warrior for human rights against the racism and hatred is difficult not only for the citizens of South Africa, but for anyone who believes deeply in humanity, in the values of freedom and equality opposite violence, ignorance and racism. He sat in jail for 27 years, but when he walked through the iron gates outside the jail it was without a need for vengeance or hatred in his heart. ‘If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner,’ he wrote in his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’ On racism he wrote: ‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ A leader who beat evil and gave millions of people hope, honor and freedom.”

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5) Shelly Yacimovich – Former leader of the Labor Party who during the last election said nothing about the occupation.

“It’s a long road to freedom. Nelson Mandela, the warrior who won the war against apartheid, has passed away. Mandela was one of the greatest freedom fighters the world has known. He went down the longest and most wonderful road possible: from determined military resistance to the regime, who sat in jail nearly 30 years, to the elected president of the state that incarcerated him. The first black president in the state that was the definition of brutal racism. With his own hands, through reconciliation and democracy, together with whites, he ended racial segregation. To be free, said Mandela, is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Mandela is considered the father of his nation, but his great spirit of freedom, crosses borders of time and space, and it is a source of inspiration to anyone who fights for justice and equality for all humans.”

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    1. berl

      chuzpa.

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      • lilly

        SHAME.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        Chutzpah would be all the praise for Mandela and his anti-apartheid campaign coming from those who routinely frame the Mideast conflict in racialist and racist terms, where the Jews’ national right to their ancestral land is brushed off for the Big Lie that it’s about “white settlers” wanting to drive out the “indigenous brown people.” Even without taking into account the fact that most Israeli Jews today are brown people, as well as the racial diversity of Palestinian Arabs, one cannot fail to notice the idea advocated here, that the Middle East should be off limits to people based on their skin color, as if it were marked with signs saying “No Whites Allowed.”

        Racist discrimination and apartheid, thy name is Anti-Zionism.

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    2. Danny

      I would have been surprised had this lineup of cretins not eulogized Mandela.

      BTW, in 1986, President Reagan vetoed a motion by congress to place sanctions on South Africa. I wonder if AIPAC had anything to do with that. Perhaps that great Mandela admirer Shimon Peres could shed some light.

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    3. Danny

      The cognitive dissonance of these people is breath-taking. Has any of stopped to ponder even for a second (excluding perhaps Bennett, who rarely ponders anything) the parallels between Mandela and the Palestinians?

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      • Kolumn9

        They have and didn’t find any. For one thing Mandela, unlike the Palestinians, was always against violence aimed at civilians. The Palestinians treat those that massacre Jewish women and children as heroes. This was part of Mandela’s embrace of white South Africans as fellow human beings, something the Palestinians have yet to come around to in regards to the Jews who are still seen as ‘symbols’ to be attacked and massacred wherever possible with wide support among Palestinian society.

        Then there is of course the persistent Palestinian insistence on an exclusive Palestinian Arab state where no Jews are welcome. At first this goal was tied with an attempt to destroy Israel and establish an exclusivist Palestinian Arab state over all the land. Since then circumstances have forced the Palestinians to temper that down to a demand to a smaller piece of land, but still with no Jews to be accepted as equal citizens. This in contrast with Mandela’s acceptance of whites as future fellow citizens with equal rights.

        In other words, there are no parallels between Mandela and the Palestinians. One strove for equality of rights and accepting the other. The others still hold an ideology which at the core strives for supremacy, destruction, expulsion and dehumanization.

        When the Palestinians accept Jews as human beings and stop supporting the murder of Israeli civilians as a political tactic, then perhaps there may be some parallels. At that point peace will also come.

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        • Lux

          You’re confusing an entire race of people, Palestinians, with Hamas.

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    4. Anne O'Nimmus

      Are these political leaders really unaware of the number of times that Mandela said the fight is not over until the Palestinians are also free?

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      • benjamine

        well said, very true

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      • Kolumn9

        Unlike the extreme left, most Israelis see no particular contradiction between the Palestinians being free and Israel continuing to exist as a secure sovereign state.

        In addition, one can respect Mandela for being an amazing leader without falling into the delusion that his ideas are applicable in this miserable region.

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    5. Not only in Israel… the hypocrisy of western media and politicians in the wake of Mandela’s passing has been something to behold. The real Mandela bears little resemblance to the image that has been hijacked by western media… a media that remains largely silent on abuses in Israel that are precisely the types of injustices Mandela fought to end.

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    6. but for the record, you should have mentioned that at least two of them are associated with the israeli left.

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      • Danny

        Israeli left? What’s that? Never heard of it.

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        • JohnW

          You and people like you are the Israeli left. Danny.

          Not recommended.

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          • Danny

            The real Israeli left is too microscopic to even be considered, maybe 6-7 knesset seats – not enough to even generate scorn from the right.

            The pretenders on this list (Livni, Peres and Yachimovich) are worse than the other two on the list. At least those don’t pretend to be that which they are not i.e. enlightened liberal progressives.

            Peres is the absolute worst hypocrite on that list because he was defense minister when the infamous rapprochement between Israel and apartheid South Africa began.

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          • JohnW

            I thought you said you are an Israeli Jew. Are you saying you are not a leftie? Are you saying you are alone?

            By the way, I’ll say it again. Even microscopic is too much. There you are. I said that so you don’t complain about not getting scorn from the right.

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          • Y-Man

            “By the way, I’ll say it again. Even microscopic is too much. There you are.” Well maybe you and your brownshirts can put a stop to that, the way things are going in Israel now.

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          • JohnW

            Brown shirts? No, I like blue and white shirts myself.

            What do you like? Establishing Gulags?

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          • Kolumn9

            As you can see, it doesn’t take 6 or 7 seats to generate scorn. Where you have such a group of delusional people, one that speaks is enough to generate scorn.

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    7. Comparing contemporary Israeli politics to apartheid regimes? Clearly, the author is not very well educated in the field of IR. RIP Nelson!

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      • Philos

        Scholar, as you know, being a scholar, the author does not have to be well educated on IR (international relations) but rather on comparative politics, which is a different field of study altogether drawing heavily on political sociology. I am sure you know that IR is the study of the structure of relations between states, and that the internal composition of states is considered a secondary variable in predicting outcomes in IR. Of course you do, otherwise you wouldn’t write something so patently wrong.

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        • JohnW

          There you are Danny, you have Philos too. Now there are two of you. Maybe a few more, unfortunately.

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    8. Siren

      Ami Kaufman – and all the other +972 editors- do the comments below this piece make you proud?!?

      - aside from Bennett and Bibi’s predictable bullshit, there’s nothing hypocritical about the other 3: At least 2 of them have been working for years to end the occupation. One of them has a not-unsuccesful Center in his name dedicated to doing so with some damn good empowement projects. But of course they’re not going to eulogize him with his quotes about Palestinian freedom. They’re politicians. They make a living out of words.

      Don’t understand why you felt the need to put such a nasty little piece together. Unless, of course, you’re all about the “רייטינג” and just wanted to encourage “John” et al to leave comments here which contribute so meaningfully to the discourse about the future of the region.

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      • CigarButNoNice

        “At least 2 of them have been working for years to end the occupation.”

        Are you new to 972Mag, Siren? The party line here is that the Occupation(TM) started in 1948, not in 1967 as the now-decimated deluded Israeli Left peacenik camp has seen it.

        Self-determination for every nation except the Jews, that’s the ticket; keep that in mind and you’ll understand how the hatethink patterns of the anti-Zionists work.

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    9. sh

      I think it very possible that most of those eulogies are not hypocritical at all.

      One of the most puzzling things about Israeli society is that grooming it not to make national connections many outside think are elementary logic has been very successful. The only one encouraged is whatever can be attributed in any way to anti-semitism.

      Some of the other regulars of the type referred to by Siren will doubtless claim – if they think they still need to come in on this topic on the off-chance commenters haven’t done a good enough job – that the Jews = South African blacks and coloureds in their quest for freedom and independence, and that Palestinians = British and Afrikaner settlers. Those regulars are here to crush discussion and have largely succeeded because it’s tiresome to dispute the same tattered officially-sanctioned stories all the time. The consolation is that 972mag articles have a large readership; the real news does get out.

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      • Kolumn9

        More likely Israelis, having lived with the consequences of the delusions born of ‘such elementary logic’, are less likely to be influenced by the delusional extreme left that has seized the bully pulpit elsewhere.

        I still remember how Arafat was sanctified by the Israeli and international left as some kind of parallel Mandela. That was of course before the man proved himself to be an unreformed terrorist that was perfectly fine with the massacre of Jewish civilians carried out by groups associated with him. We don’t hear the Mandela/Arafat association much anymore. Somewhere around 2003 there must have been a suicide bombing that broke the camel’s back so to speak. It drove home to Israelis the message that the Palestinians have yet to come around to seeing them as being really human rather than objects to be blown up on buses for the greater glory of Palestinian “liberation”.

        That was Mandela’s greatest success. He was able to convince the whites of South Africa that they will be safe from retribution after apartheid fell. The relative paucity of terrorist attacks on civilians by the ANC certainly helped. I read somewhere that the entire ANC terrorist campaign over a period of roughly 20 years caused 35 civilians casualties. Compare that with the thousands of Israeli Jews that have been killed by Palestinian terrorists and it might become obvious not only that the burden of proof on the Palestinians is that much higher, but also that given their continued official heroification of the murderers of Israeli civilians, that their leadership is not even yet ready to accept the idea that attacking Jewish civilians is wrong, which makes any idea of peace or even accommodation with them laughable. At best we can build a wall and keep them out.

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    10. Alain Pinsonneault

      Unfortunaly all of your bickering and insults against each other only prove one thing you dint get what Mr. Mandela whas all about.
      Tolerance is the way to Peace

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      • Elisabeth

        What a whitewashed picture of Mandela. He was not a Ghandi or Dalai Lama. He founded the military wing of the ANC, and was for reconciliation only when the time was ripe for it.

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    11. Tomer

      Shmandela was no great hero. I never him or any of his Soviet-funded friends condemn the Soviet Union for preventing the Jews from leaving Russia.

      Okay, they did everything in their power to promote their cause. Our leaders did everything to support our cause. Time for leftists to grow up!!!

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      • Elisabeth

        Small difference: Their cause was just, yours isn’t.

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      • Tomer

        Elizabeth?
        Sounds you liked the idea of 1 million Jews being holed up in Soviet Russia & Sharansky & colleagues being gulaged in Siberia.

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    12. Bronxman

      For the gold medal in hypocracy in solemn remarks on Mr. Mandela’s passing, nothing comes close to the “tribute” paid by Bashar Hafez al-Assad. For me, his comments rated top ranking for hypocracy in the Guinness Book of World Records. Israel, in this case, didn’t field a winning team (Fortunately)

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    13. WOW! I am gobsmacked…Completely lost for words. Can this be true? Leaders of Israel, the apartheid state, actually eulagising Mandella, the man that would loath what Israel stands for… the stealing of Arab land and the marginalisation of the Palestinians. Such is hypocrisy!

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