Hamas in South Africa – Selling one’s soul to the devil

The ANC government of South Africa a long time ago sold its foreign policy and its soul to the Arabs and Islamists. The South African Muslims, hugely funded by Saudi Arabia and to a certain extent by Iran in competition, today have many radio stations throughout the country spewing Islamist propaganda and hate. They have a disproportional influence on government effortlessly acquired through an easily bribed government. They have taken over the major English newspaper group in the country, again financed by Saudi Arabia giving shares directly or indirectly to the ANC government, which obviously suits the ANC as they increasingly pursue a Soviet style control of the media.

There has been a surge of Mosques and madrasas, Islamic schools, that have been built throughout the country, especially in the main metropolitan areas, again mostly funded by Saudi Arabia who have changed the Muslim population, especially the 800,000 plus community in Cape Town, from Sufi to Wahhabi. The Muslim population in South Africa is 1.5% of the overall population according to the CIA Factbook 2012.

Turkey has built an enormous Turkish style Mosque in Midrand between Johannesburg and Pretoria with Saudi Arabia, not to be outdone, also building an enormous Mosque in Killarney/Houghton in Johannesburg in addition to other suburbs in that city. Saudi Arabia some years back financed a propaganda unit, the arrogantly named Media Review Network, to the tune of US$20 million in Johannesburg probably refilling their coffers as required.

Bringing Hamas to South Africa, the ANC government have their own agenda. Essentially they are desperately trying to woo the Muslims in Cape Town and the Cape Province, which is efficiently run by the opposition Democratic Alliance, to vote for them. It is clearly short sighted and dangerous, but it is solely about power and control. The less than cerebrally endowed Marius Fransman, leader of the ANC in the Cape and hardly a believer in democracy, thinks he is being astute in “cornering” the DA in the Cape by desperately trying to gain the Muslim vote abusing the Israel/Palestine situation.

Whatever their emotions may be about the Middle East, the Cape and Cape Town are the only properly and efficiently run province and city in South Africa. Nothing, no city or province run and controlled by the ANC come anywhere near. Having briefly had the unfortunate experience of an ANC city council and provincial government, the Cape Muslims will not easily be swayed to vote ANC as local politics and the benefit they derive trumps sentiment about Israel/Palestine issues, which is a very long way away from the Cape.

Furthermore, the Muslims are more than aware of the discrimination applied by the ANC against anyone who is not black citing national demographics as justification, which does not apply to the Cape as its population make-up is different from the rest of the country and merit should be the only criteria in an alleged non-racial country. In government service, abusing these demographics as an excuse and justification, the ANC are not promoting employees if they are not black. So much for the new rainbow “non-Apartheid” South Africa. If the Cape should be taken over by the ANC, it will fall into ruin as the rest of South Africa has done and is doing.

South Africa is rife with Islamic activity and has been ever since the ANC took over the country. Al Qaeda has operated here and has used South Africa as a “Rest and Recreation” area for years. There are “training” farms which are well known and documented. The South African Security Services who once monitored all the Islamic activity have ceased to do so and there is even an ISIS cell in Strandfontein in Cape Town and probably elsewhere in the country.

Samantha Lewthwaite, the “White Widow” whose husband was one of the 7/7 bombers in London, was hidden, protected and funded by the local Muslim community in Johannesburg and a genuine South African identity document and passport for her were apparently illegally and easily acquired from the Department of Home Affairs for an alleged R20,000. The 7/7 bombing plot in which 56 died and 700 were wounded, was apparently hatched and managed from Johannesburg by a man, alleged to be Haroon Rashid Aswat, apparently selling CD’s on the streets of Johannesburg as a cover.

During the investigation of the London attacks the British police and American intelligence sources were able to determine that Aswat had received on his cell phone a score of calls from the four suspects in the July 7th London attacks. The Times of London asserts that Aswat stated that he had been a bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. This would have made him the 2nd highest-ranking Al Qaeda member in Britain.

Haroon Rashid Aswat was an aide to the cleric, Abu Hamza Al-Masri. Abu Hamza was listed by USA intelligence sources as a suspected terrorist financier because of links to the Islamic Army of Aden, an Al Qaeda-associated group and the 2000 attack on the U.S. warship, the USS Cole, in Yemen.

For 10 years Aswat had associated with militant Muslim groups and had been to Khalden, the Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. Haroon Rashid Aswat is also known to have ties to South Africa and Johannesburg and suspected of involvement in planning the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.

“Aswat had long been the object of US and British intelligence surveillance. Haroon Aswat had entered to Zambia on July 6, 2005. He was arrested on July 20, 2005 in Lusaka for “terrorist activities” and “infringements with the rules of immigration”.

Inviting Hamas to South Africa and encouraging them to open an office here makes Cleopatra clutching a viper to her bosom look like child’s play. When they wake up, whilst the ANC members at the party’s top might be financially better off individually, it will nevertheless be too late for the country. The ANC and their South African Communist Party advisors, scheming as they may be, are clueless and lost in Gone-Wonderland.

In the South African English newspapers belonging to the Independent Group, from the reports on Mashaal’s visit, one might get the impression that he is a devout peacenik, a “holy man”, and butter would not melt in his mouth. My fear is that with the establishment of a Hamas office, attacks on South African Jews will now start as the local Muslim population is radicalised considerably more than it already is, especially the younger members of the Muslim community who do not have the reservations nor maturity of their parents. It won’t just be outspoken high profile Jews targeted, but random attacks aimed at anyone who is Jewish. And the South African Police and Security Service in all of this? Let us not hold our breath.

How is the ANC brought into the Hamas fold and how will the radicalisation of the South African Muslim community take place? Quite easily. Dr Musa Abu Marzook, the number 2 man in Hamas, and its main fundraiser: estimated net worth at $2-3 billion.

Khaled Mashaal, Hamas Leader: Estimated worth $2.6 billion, but Arab commentators discus much higher, even more than double amounts between 2 and 5 billion, “invested in Egyptian banks and Gulf countries, some in real estate projects.”

On the ground in Gaza, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and Hamas chief official Iman Taha are estimated at a few million dollars each, with family members residing each in homes worth over $1 million each. Haniyeh’s fortune is estimated at 4 million dollars, and most of his assets in the Gaza Strip are registered in the name of his son in law Nabil, and a dozen children of his and other less known Hamas officials.

Most of their money comes from misused donations to the Gaza Strip, since every dollar passes through Hamas’s pipeline. Let us not forget the lucrative tunnels that were cash cows until recently. Pan-Arab London based paper, Asharq al Awsat, which is considered a reliable media outlet, recently ran a story saying there are 600 millionaires in Gaza.

Hamas is not just a terrorist organisation. It is a business. It is also a mafia, a thugocracy, a ruthless dictatorship and obviously a kleptocracy. It therefore has great appeal to the ANC who long ago lost the romantic image and air it had in 1994.

It is well known that the ANC and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) shared offices over many years as clients of the former USSR. Whilst the ANC was a genuine liberation movement, this cannot be said of the PLO, in spite of its name. No one but the Palestinians have denied themselves independence on numerous occasions since 1948.

After twenty one years it is also time that the South African Government took a mature approach to world affairs and reconsidered where its best interests lie, but that is a forlorn wish. It is a fact that in international relations there are no friends, only interests. It is in the South African Government’s best interests to look to the best wellbeing and welfare of its own citizens. This will increasingly not be the case.

In the words of the Greek playwright Euripides, though many have said something similar, “Those whom God wishes to destroy, He first deprives of their senses.” Those who wilfully and carelessly misinterpret events in the Middle East are setting up their own destruction.

The ANC justifies and romanticises itself and its followers quoting Mandela ad nauseum with “our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”, but forget the quote goes on “without the resolution of conflicts in East Timor, the Sudan and other parts of the world”, for what it is worth.

None of this is ultimately good for South Africa, but will common sense ultimately prevail? Forget it!

About the Author
David Hersch is Chairman of SAIPAC, the South African Israel Public Affairs Committee. Former chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (Cape Council) as well as a former national vice-chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF). Also a former member of the South Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council). Retired businessman and broadcaster.
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