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What Nelson Mandela Wrote About Palestine

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I know that you and I long for peace in the Middle East, but before you continue to talk about necessary conditions from an Israeli perspective, you need to know what’s on my mind. Where to begin? How about 1964.Let me quote my own words during my trial. They are true today as they were then: “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Today the world, black and white, recognize that Apartheid has no future. In South Africa it has been ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. That mass campaign of defiance and other actions could only culminate in the establishment of Democracy.

Perhaps it is strange for you to observe the situation in Palestine or more specifically, the structure of political and cultural relationships between Palestinians and Israelis, as an Apartheid system. This is because you incorrectly think that the problem of Palestine began in 1967. This was demonstrated in your recent column “Bush’s First Memo” in the New York Times on March 27, 2001.

You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.

In the last few years, and especially during the reign of the Labour Party, Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that Settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.

Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.

If you follow the polls in Israel for the last 30 or 40 years, you clearly find a vulgar racism that includes a third of the population who openly declare themselves to be racist. This racism is of the nature of “I hate Arabs” and “I wish Arabs would be dead”.

If you also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 Occupied Territories you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognized as private property because it can be confiscated.

As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.

The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel. Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians. Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do. Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and Apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and an end to its Apartheid policies.

I’m not abandoning Mideast diplomacy. But I’m not going to indulge you the way your supporters do. If you want peace and democracy, I will support you. If you want formal Apartheid, we will not support you. If you want to support racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing, we will oppose you.

Nelson Mandela

 

What Nelson Mandela Said About Israel

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Mandela to Arafat: If peace with Israel impossible, the only alternative is violence

 

What Nelson Mandela Said About Israel

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Mandela to Arafat: If peace with Israel impossible, the only alternative is violence

HUMANITY FOR PALESTINE

What Nelson Mandela Said About Israel

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God. You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Mandela to Arafat: If peace with Israel impossible, the only alternative is violence

[RARE] Mandela speaks on Palestine support during 1990 US visit

 

Published on Dec 22, 2013

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REFERENCES MADE BY NELSON MANDELA

PLO: The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was created in 1964 with the purpose of advancing the struggle for Palestinian self determination. The PLO is recognised as the “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people” by over 100 countries with which it holds diplomatic relations. Like South Africa’s (now ruling ANC) the PLO was considered by the United States and Israel to be a terrorist organisation until 1991. In 1993 Israel officially recognised the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.

YASSER ARAFAT: Late leader of the Palestinian people as well as chairman of the PLO.

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ABOUT THE VIDEO
– 1990 Town Hall Meeting with Nelson Mandela on Palestine, Cuba and other issues

The above video is from a 1990 town hall meeting, held in New York City and chaired by Ted Koppel of ABC Networks (click here to watch the video on YouTube). The meeting formed part Nelson Mandela’s first visit to the USA immediately following his release from prison.

A significant part of the town hall meeting focused on Nelson Mandela’s advocating (on behalf of the African National Congress and the larger South African liberation struggle) for sanctions to be applied against Apartheid South Africa, his and the ANC’s support for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as well as his close friendship with Yasser Arafat (of Palestine) and Fidel Castro (of Cuba).

The town hall meeting took place in 1990, long before the world had embraced Nelson Mandela as a “giant of justice”. However, even then, when it may have been unfashionable and unpopular to support the Palestinians against, what Mandela termed, Israeli “colonialism”, Mandela stood firm and resolute on his principles and the policies of the ANC – Mandela was, after all, conveying the long-standing positions held by the ANC and the larger South African liberation movement.

Nelson Mandela supported the Palestinian struggle when it was unfashionable and unpopular, he was a true leader. Hamba Kahle Tata…

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FULL VERSION: http://youtu.be/q6eE9BIUfBg

Mandela to Arafat: If peace with Israel is impossible, the only alternative is violence

Published on Dec 12, 2013

As the mainstream media publishes countless sanitised obituaries in honour of one of the world’s last true peace-makers, it’s important to remember that Mandela wasn’t preaching ‘peace at any price’. He made this quite clear on numerous occasions. While on a visit to Ireland in the mid-1990s he told reporters that the IRA should not have surrendered it weapons until the British military had withdrawn from the north of the country. In the above snippet of a speech he gave in Palestine around the same time, we hear him intimate that violence towards oppressors isn’t just right, it’s necessary.

Israel shares a large portion of blame for institutionalising Apartheid in South Africa, without whose financial contributions and covert military and nuclear support the South African enclave of white supremacists would never have been able to establish and sustain the bantustan model that has since been applied to the West Bank and Gaza. Arafat, who we see seated left of Mandela, and who really tried to believe the Israelis actually wanted peace, was later discretely assassinated by Israel.

 

Yasser Arafat’s Speech at the UN General Assembly Olive Branch Speech

Published on Nov 24, 2012

Yasser Arafat, the leader of PLO, addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in 13 November 1974. His speech known as “The Olive Brach Speech of Arafat” in the pages of history. Arafat became the first representative of a non-governmental organization to address a plenary session of the UN General Assembly. Arafat was also the first leader to address the UN while wearing a holster, although it did not contain a gun.
This video is a part of a documentary which is “PLO History of a Revolution” That is the beginning part of the episode 3, “Winds of Heaven” with the scenes from Arafat’s speech.

**Translations of the final of Arafat’s Olive Branch Speech**

:العربية
جئتكم يا سيادة الرئيس .. ببندقية الثائر في يدي, وبغصن الزيتون في يدي الأخرى , فلا تسقطوا الغصن الأخضر من يدي , لا تسقطوا الغصن الأخضر من يدي , لا تسقطوا الغصن الأخضر من يدي

Deutsch:
Heute komme ich tragen einen Olivenzweig in der Hand, und die Freiheitskämpfer Waffe in der anderen. Lassen Sie nicht den Ölzweig aus meiner Hand fallen. Ich wiederhole, lassen Sie nicht den Ölzweig aus meiner Hand fallen.

English
Today I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat, do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.

Español:
Hoy, vengo con el fusil de combatiente de la libertad en una mano y la rama de olivo en la otra. No dejen que la rama de olivo caiga de mi mano. Repito, no dejen que la rama de olivo caiga de mi mano.

Français:
Aujourd’hui, je viens avec le rameau d’olivier dans une main et le combattant de la liberté fusil dans l’autre. Ne laissez pas le rameau d’olivier tomber de ma main. Je le répète, ne laissez pas le rameau d’olivier tomber de ma main.

:עברית
היום אני בא עם העלה של זית ביד אחת ואת אקדח לוחם החופש בצד השני. אל תתנו לנפילת ענף זית מהיד שלי. אני חוזר ואומר, אל תתנה לנפילת ענף זית מהיד שלי.

Русский:
Сегодня я пришёл держа оливковую ветвь в одной руке и автомат борца за свободу в другой. Не дайте оливковой ветви выпасть из моей руки. Я повторяю, не дайте оливковой ветви выпасть из моей руки

Türkçe:
Bugün buraya bir elimde zeytin dalını, diğerinde ise bir özgürlük savaşçısının silahını tutarak geldim. Zeytin dalının elimden düşmesine izin vermeyin! Tekrar söylüyorum, zeytin dalının elimden düşmesine izin vermeyin!

中文:
我带着橄榄枝和自由战士的枪来到這裡,请不要让橄榄枝从我手中滑落

***Contact with me for the right one if any errors occurred in translation.***

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