Ayalah Braude

Crying for the Beloved Country

Photo credit: SAUJs facebook, 2018, Israel Apartheid Week at UCT

“That is the plight of the black man, in this country and in the United States.” The pompous lecturer shook her braided head in terrible condemnation of police brutality and continued, “To be persecuted like the German Jews were in the 1930s.”

My hand shot up.

“Yes, You in the third row.” My heart was pounding.

“Ma’am, are you sure that the statistics reflect that? The Jews pre-holocaust were excluded from public life in many ways. If a police officer unjustly kills a black person, there is legal recourse. What laws are in place here and in the US that oppress black people?”

The Lecturer smiled at me and shook her head again,

“There is supposed to be recourse, but this goes on with impunity. You would know what this threat felt like if you were black, because you are speaking from a place of White privilege; you live in a bubble. This is your whiteness talking”

We streamed out of the lecture hall, I was walking extra quickly. My mind was racing back and forth. This woman had made some wildly untrue claims in the past, but this one hit a nerve. Her entire class had been about police brutality, and I was afraid to say anything up until now. Today, she went too far.

I took out my phone and started looking up the statistics. Most police officers in the United States are people of color. More White people are shot in the US than black people per year. Laws against Jews in Germany, 1930s. A simple Google search had produced enough evidence to prove her wrong. So why was she saying this? Why is she pushing this victimhood on her black students? Why is she bastardizing History?

The answer became clear to me in the coming weeks. I had decided to leave South Africa, but not before I squeezed in the experience of the notorious “Israel Apartheid Week.” Imagine huge Israeli flags hung up on the University’s biggest hall, spray-painted “Apartheid State,” “Blood on Your Hands,” “Genocide.” Posters upon posters clad with blood libels against the Jewish State.

The truth is that the words “Apartheid,” “Oppression,” and “White Privilege” allow black South Africans to inoculate themselves from the responsibility of having ruined their own Country, raped their own people, and stolen their own chances of a Rainbow Nation.

The truth is that most South Africans who lived through the injustices of Apartheid will tell you that their lives were better then than they are now. White Oppression doesn’t hold a candle to Black Betrayal. Then they had jobs, then they had order, then they had recourse. Today, you have to be more afraid of the black police than the criminals themselves.

The Truth is that Pseudo-Intellectuals who preach about black victimhood have the same goal as the government suing Israel in The Hague today: Diversion. Distraction. Absolving Themselves of Responsibility. The fraudulent virtue signaling coming from the leaders of the Rape Capital of the world is Dostoevskian in its ridiculousness. More people die from murder, corruption and neglect under Cyril Ramaphosa’s rule than can be properly recorded.

The ANC has betrayed everyone who fought for them, but most profoundly, the Jews.

Lazer Sidelsky, the Jewish lawyer who took Nelson Mandela as an apprentice legal clerk when such a thing was unheard of, was one of countless Jews who allied Black resistance against Apartheid. Among them are names like Helen Suzman, Joel Joffe, Joe Slovo, Johnny Clegg and countless more. Jews were arrested alongside blacks as they organized dissent. No sector of the white population produced so a high proportion of supporters for equality. Instead of recognition and thanks from black South Africa, today, this has earned the Jews the oh-so-familiar role of scapegoat.

So today, as an Israeli ex-South African, I look back on a beautiful country, broken by corruption and wounded by lies. Many Jewish South Africans look back in sadness as the perjury continues against the Jewish State. As anti-Semitism continues to shape-shift, the Jewish story continues to repeat itself in the same way. Israel itself was born out of the Holocaust, with no remnant of victimhood in its culture or ideals. I think back to the lecturer who compared the plight of blacks to that of Jews. There are many obvious differences, but today I’d have a bit more to say to her.

I’d point her to the Jewish response to persecution. Instead of despair, we rise again, we rebuild, we look to the future, and we move on. The Jews that were brutally hunted in the 1930’s have left a legacy of greatness. Many of them came to Israel after being liberated from the camps to fight in Israel’s existential War of Independence. The children of these heroes speak through them, for them and continue to fight for Jewish Survival. In the words of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, my message to the South African Hypocrites and perjurers bears the same mark of resilience on behalf of the Jewish People:

“Most Sincerely Yours,

Esther Jungreis

-A daughter of the Jewish People

A graduate of Bergen-Belsen

And heir to Israel reborn.”

About the Author
South African born, IDF veteran writer and artist living in Israel.