I am a third generation South African, tracing my roots back some 125 years. My parents instilled in me a love for South Africa and for her people, for all of her people. In the early 1990s when, fearing the new dispensation, hordes of white South Africans left, my family made a conscious decision to remain. After all this is what we had prayed and hoped for during the dark Apartheid years.
As a Jew I have, until recently, felt very secure in our decision to remain in South Africa. But now this sense of security is waning for in addition to being a loyal South African I am a proud Jew, unashamedly in love with and proud of the one and only Jewish State in the world — Israel. And creeping insidiously into the discourse of the ANC is an anti- Israel sentiment that is nothing short of anti-Semitism.
The Middle East is imploding. Millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their country of birth. To date over 250,000 have been killed. Women and children are being beheaded by ISIS and their heads displayed on spikes. Traitors to the ISIS cause are savagely drowned in cages or burned alive. ISIS proudly flaunts their barbarity on videos for all to see, including members of the ANC. But Obed Bapela and his ANC comrades remain undeterred. It would seem too that they are undeterred by the fact that Eyewitness News reported in May 2015 that at least 23 South Africans had already been recruited by ISIS. Does ISIS truly pale into insignificance for them next to the Arab-Israel conflict?
On the 20 February 2015, on Times Live, it was reported that since 1997 Al Qaeda has had a presence in South Africa and that by 1995 there were already 5 Hezbollah training camps in South Africa. It was farther stated that the government was aware of these camps but has done nothing about them. Where is the call to remove these training camps, a very real threat to each and every South African, from within our borders?
In a survey conducted by Gunnar Heinsohn and published in The Muslim Issue on 24 September 2013, it was found that in all the conflicts of the world since 1950, there have been 85,000,000 deaths. Of these 51,000 have died in the Arab-Israel conflict; 35,000 Arabs and 16,000 Israelis. In this same period 11,000,000 Moslems in total have been killed, 90% of them at the hands of fellow Moslems, 0.3% as a result of the Arab-Israel conflict.
And yet the ANC is seeking a law to ban dual citizenship in order to prevent Jewish boys and girls from enlisting in the Israeli army. An army founded out of the necessity to protect Jewish lives from hate-filled, murderous neighbours who want nothing less than the annihilation of Israel and the death of all Jews.
And so Mr Bopela, your call to ban dual citizenship because of Israel and Israel alone, is not only steeped in anti-Semitism but it displays ignorance of the highest order.