Shortly after his release from 27 years in prison, Mandela described Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat as “our friend and comrade . . . like us, fighting against a unique form of colonialism.” These comments, made on February 27, 1990 as Arafat joined Mandela at a pan-African summit, provoked a storm of push-back among Israel’s apologists. The next day, Mandela told a reporter: “If the truth alienates the Jewish community in South Africa, too bad.” Questioned about Mandela’s remarks, Arafat said: “We are in the same trench, struggling against the same enemies, against apartheid, racism, colonialism and neo-colonialism. (Read more.)
(Mondoweiss.net)(The Jerusalem Post) An article carried by The Jerusalem Post and written by Tova Lazaroff states that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be traveling to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela because the trip would be too expensive. His office also cited “logical concerns” as a reason for his not attending. (Read more.) Is that completely accurate?
Might it also be in part that some Israeli leadership is leery of supporting Mandela in any way because of the relationship he had with Palestinians? An article by Matthew Taylor from Mondoweiss.net claims that Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with [a] false Israel apartheid quote. Published today, the article states,
Some say there are two sides to every story. Truer might be to say that there are at least two sides to every story and even those sides are never two-dimensional.