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understand this comparison between us and South Africa. What is
similar here and there is that both they and we must prevent others from
taking us over. Anyone who says that the blacks are oppressed in South
Africa is a liar. The blacks there want to gain control of the white
minority just like the Arabs here want to gain control over us. And we,
too, like the White minority in South Africa, must act to prevent them
from taking us over. I was in a gold mine there and I saw what excellent
conditions the black workers have. So there is separate elevators for
Whites and Blacks, so what? That’s the way they like it.” 17
The term Apartheid was introduced in 1948, the same year of the Palestinian
Nakbe, not by coincidence, as that decade was supposed to be the end
of colonization for peoples’ liberation struggles, but found expression of
greater colonization in Palestine and South Africa. Israel and Apartheid
South Africa expressed their affinity for each other from the start, but it
was in the 1980's that they pursued extensive economic and military
The South African air force and navy, used primarily to attack the
African National Congress (ANC), and to “intervene” in neighboring
states, were largely armed and trained by Israel. Israeli military advisers
helped South Africa to develop military strategies to use in Namibia and
Angola. That Israel and South Africa had ties in relation to nuclear
weapons capability underscores the special nature of Tel Aviv's
relations with the white government.
The South Africans began teaching the lessons of Israel's 1967
war/occupation at their maneuver school, and Israeli advisers began
teaching the Boers the arts of suppressing a captive population and
keeping “hostile neighbors off balance”.
In January 1986, the white government's radio delivered a commentary on
"the malignant presence" of "terrorism" in neighboring states and said
"there's only one answer now, and that's the Israeli answer." Israel was
said to have managed to survive "by striking at terrorists wherever they
exist." The then Israeli “Defense” Minister Ariel Sharon was personally
involved in the organization, training and equipping of "commando" units
in African countries where the Apartheid regime was involved. 18
The partnership between the two Apartheid regimes was extensive and
based on the determination of both to continue their criminal policies
and actions without having to face any consequences. This, in addition
to affectionately seeing the other as a “laboratory” for the
implementation of racist colonial policies, those of which were
“successful” would be implemented and nurtured.
17- From Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. Original quote from Yediot Aharonot, December 1987.
18- Jane Hunter, Israeli Foreign Policy, South End Press, 1987.