A Black South African, Israel & Apartheid

Is the charge that Israel is an apartheid state valid or a slander? Who better to answer this question than someone who lived in a real apartheid state.

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(13) Anonymous, May 19, 2021 6:44 PM

what apartheid means to me

My parents emigrated to South Africa in 1952. My father has been murdered in South Africa - by men he believed to be his friends - because he wanted to hire the best driver he had. This man was black.
My mother with 2 toddlers and 2 months pregnant with my brother went back to Holland in 1954.
My niece married a black husband. She was declared black, legally forbidden to sit at the same table with her husband, their children and her parents.
Because blacks didn't need good doctors, so they said, she died at age 62, same as her neighbours used to live up considering that a ripe age.
As my father was killed, my mother has been traumatised and psychotic until 1 year before she died, 87.
I am 70 now and still cry for my lost childhood and just only 5 years ago I have been able to go asleep without fear.
That is Apartheid
The only real quiet and peaceful years for me have been 1973 and 1974. living in Jerusalem. A safe place.

(12) Thom McCann, January 4, 2015 7:41 PM

Presdient Jimmy Carter's Apartheid Lies

Let's drive the last nail in this "apartheid Israel" coffin.

I guess you read "Peace Not Apartheid," an anti-Israeli screed written by the Jimmy the ex-president whose Carter Center has accepted millions in Arab funding.

Kenneth W. Stein, the founder of the Carter Center’s Middle East program, resigned to protest the book, describing it in a letter to Fox News as “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments.”

Some of the center’s prime financial backers, including the government of Saudi Arabia and the foundation of Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, whose offer of $10 million to New York City just after Sept. 11 was rejected by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani because it came wrapped in the suggestion that America rethink its support of Israel. Other big donors listed in the Carter Center’s annual reports include the Sultanate of Oman and the sultan himself; the government of the United Arab Emirates; and a brother of Osama bin Laden, Bakr BinLadin, “for the Saudi BinLadin Group.”

Investor’s Business Daily, headlined “Jimmy Carter’s Li’l Ol’ Stink Tank,” listed a number of “founders” of the Carter Center. The names were drawn from the annual reports, and included “the king of Saudi Arabia, BCCI scandal banker Agha Hasan Abedi, and Arafat pal Hasib Sabbagh.”

BTW King Fahd of Saudi Arabia donated $7.6 million in 1993 to help Carter fight the guinea worm.

I wonder which worm really got those millions of dollars.

After losing the 1966 governor’s race, he courted the white supremacist vote the next time around. Dirty means to serve “noble” ends…he believed J.C. was the greatest liberator of women in a society where they had been considered throughout biblical history to be inferior.”

I guess Jews did not warrant his grace as those treated as inferior.

(11) Sheila Novitz, July 16, 2014 5:58 PM

An ANC Member of South African Parliament Tells the Truth

This video came as the most wonderful surprise in the midst of all the horrible lies spread by Europe - especially Norway and Sweden - and the world's Arabs and Muslims, about Israel. It simply states the truth: That there is no "apartheid" in Israel, that the Arabs are spreading a huge untruth, that the narrator has visited Israel on a number of occasions and NEVER has he seen, read or heard anything remotely resembling South Africa's Apartheid. On the contrary, he found that every single Israeli citizen is treated equally, regardless of race or religion, and equal opportunities are available to all. The untruth being spread by those with an evil agenda does two things: One, it tries to negate any possibility of peace in the Middle East by attempting to destroy Israel. Two, it minimises, reduces to nothing, the terrible suffering of those South Africans who lived and struggled under South African Apartheid. The untruths being spread are not only damaging to Israel, but are also very hurtful to black South Africans. The Arabs and Muslims, however, do not care who gets hurt in their vicious quest to destroy the Jewish democracy, the only truly free country in the Middle East.

(10) Marlene Wiltshire, October 7, 2013 9:44 PM

TRUTH spoken eloquently.

(9) Leiby, October 7, 2013 7:24 AM

I wish this video would go viral and get 100 Million hits!

It is so eloquent and honest! It tears a hole right through the canard most often slung at Israel and does so in such a compelling manner. It clearly shows that those who call Israel apartheid are not only being dishonest, they are also being extremely insensitive to the millions who suffered under the real apartheid. Thank you Kenneth Meshoe, thank you Prager University, and thank you Aish.com!

(8) wolfe rakusin, October 7, 2013 1:22 AM

Bravo !!!!
This is one of the best assessments of the true situation regarding the claims of "Apartheid" in Israel. Bishop Tutu, you should be ashamed of yourself.

(7) Joanne, October 7, 2013 12:33 AM

Terrific! Should be shown when and where "Israel Apartheid Week'

I know from some of the comments you will get, that this video will reach some of the intended audience. Better yet, this should be screened on those campuses that try to promote the lie that Israel is an apartheid state

(6) Morton Friedman, October 6, 2013 8:41 PM


Much the same abuse of a word as we see used of Holocaust. But the most abusive use of a word is the word Liberal.

(5) Arley Steinhour, October 6, 2013 7:43 PM

This Video Truth is Undeniable Truth

This Truth, that many don't want to hear,
Should not watched if your thinking is queer,
Should Truth disturb your sensitive mind,
This Truth, is not for your sensitive kind.

If you feel you must, suffer in your insanity,
So, someday the world can be free to see,
Seeing truth, today, removes this forgivable pain,
Or, wait unto Judgment, for Eternal Loss, not Gain.

(4) Anonymous, October 6, 2013 5:14 PM

Please forward this video to Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter needs to see this video !!

(3) Dvirah, October 6, 2013 4:38 PM


The conditions described for Apartheid South Africa also prevailed in the USA until the mid-1960's and was called "Segregation." I am sure that there still live Americans - from both sides of the "fence" - who remember this and can also compare their experiences with life in Israel.

(2) Kenan Moss, October 6, 2013 3:07 PM

Thanks to the Rt. Hon. Mr. Moshoe M.P.

I was born in South Africa too. So I am in a position to coroborate what you have said in your video. I was one of the Jewish kids who were opposed to apartheid, because as a Jew I could empathize with what your people were suffering. I was forced to flee South Africa in 1966 to escape arrest under the 180 day detention law. As a Jew and as a human being I thank you for the humanity that we share.

Deborah, October 19, 2016 8:52 AM

Thank you

Many Jewish heroes deserve credit for their solidarity with the black struggle in South Africa and in America. We salute you.

(1) LIsa, October 6, 2013 3:02 PM

Missing the point

Respectfully, AISH.com repeatedly misses the point when she tries to debunk the falsehood that "Israel is an apartheid state". When people of goodwill level this accusation, they are not referring to the internal structure & dynamics of "legitimate Israel" (the one whose borders are internationally accepted), but are accusing Israel of maintaining an apartheid-like control over the disputed areas (such as by military means, controlling movements of goods and people, dominating natural resources, building roads exclusively for settlers, etc). While the latter assertions may or may not be correct, THAT is really the issue for much of the world. This view asserts that Israel took over "Palestinian territories" in 1967, & that she treats Arabs in Israel vs in the territories in a completely different way(with the latter being apartheid-like and objectionable). It behooves AISH.com to explain to the readership what life for Palestinians in the territories is really like: what kind of control the Palestinian Authority exerts over the Arabs in the disputed territories vs. what kind of control Israel does & then compare that to S. African apartheid.

Anonymous, July 16, 2014 6:57 PM

Compare all you like, there IS no likeness

As an ex-South African, I can say: Compare all you like, and you will find no similarities between any part of Israel and South Africa as it was in the 19th and 20th centuries. Furthermore, the "people of goodwill" who level this accusation are not actually people of goodwill. They dislike Jews and Israel, and deliberately skew the truth. "White" South Africans did not suffer war-like actions against them by black people. They did not have wars repeatedly started against them, and lies, libels and canards disseminated about them. They arbitrarily decided that people of different colour were "inferior" - much as the Nazis did to Jews - and then relegated them to lives that so-called "Palestinians" would not even dream could exist. Black and "coloured" South Africans had no choices. Their lives were delineated for them in every possible way. Arabs of the West Bank and East Jerusalem have a choice: The choice to NOT treat the Jews in ways that they themselves would not like to be treated. To not threaten to wipe Jews off the face of the earth (which they were doing long before the so-called "occupation"). To not teach their children that Jews are descended from apes and pigs, and to not teach their children to hate, throw rocks and be suicide bombers. They ALSO had the choice to accept the UN Partition in 1947/48, whereby they could have lived peacefully within their own State. They chose instead to have nothing, to be nothing, and to expend all their lives trying to destroy other people. They had the choice to build instead of destroy, and are living with the consequences. Israel treats them in a way that is perfectly fitting for people who threaten us on a daily basis and have always done so, since long prior to the establishment of the State of Israel.


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