National 'Apartheid Israel' worse than apartheid in South Africa
Dominique: Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Jul 2006 14:42 GMT
The "apartheid Israel state" is worse than the apartheid that was conducted in South Africa, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Willie Madisha said on Monday. 10 July 2006
He said Palestinians were being attacked with heavy machinery and tanks used in war, which had never happened in South Africa.
Cosatu and other organisations supporting Palestine have called on government to end diplomatic relations with Israel and establish boycotts and sanctions such as those against apartheid South Africa.
Israel has launched several attacks on Gaza, bombing its main university and firing missiles that have killed Palestinian bystanders.
This follows the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinians.
"We see no justification for this attack," said Palestinian ambassador to South Africa Ali Hamileh.
He said while the whole world was talking about one Israeli soldier, more than 10 000 Palestinians were being kept in Israeli jails.
"My leadership made it clear ... the soldier can be released immediately if Israel responds to mediation. The demand for exchange of prisoners is justified by international law. We are not demanding something unacceptable," he said.
Professor of political science Virginia Tilley said South Africa was one of the only places where a vision had been brought forward to address collective punishment of perceived inferiority.
"I can't imagine a better beacon in that struggle than this country and it has stood back. If there is any moral authority in South Africa, it must come into play now," she said.
Madisha said Israel should be seen as an apartheid state and the same sanctions must be applied that were established against South Africa. -- Sapa
How is it in this Country? Is it still a moral autority capable to figth for the succes of this boycott, and to support the palestinian people and its legitim gouvernment, or are they just collaborating with Israël and issuing steril speeches that only give more time for the aparteid to developp in Palestine?