Israel’s violence against Palestinians ‘remind us of apartheid’: South African Jew

2023-12-13 20:23:51
Israel’s violence against Palestinians ‘remind us of apartheid’: South African Jew

The violence and conditions that Israel has imposed against Palestinians are very similar to what South Africans experienced under apartheid, according to a Jewish South African politician.

Many South African freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and even ordinary South Africans who have visited the occupied Palestinian territories were disturbed by what they saw, Ronnie Kasrils, who fought apartheid and served as a former intelligence minister, told Anadolu.

“It just reminded us of what we experienced during apartheid; the repressiveness, cruelty, police brutality, restrictions on movement, arrests, detentions and illegal settlers who have taken Palestinian land,” he said.

He said Israel’s “invasion and appropriation of water and land, as well as the destruction of Palestinian homes and olive farms is a racist measure.”

Israel is using a tactic similar to what the former South African apartheid regime employed when it pushed Black South Africans off their land to create Bantustan territories that were only for Black people, he said.

Israel waged the brutal war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance groups carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 18,412 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 50,100 others.

The illegal entity has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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