Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Boycott of South African Jewry Begins

Last month, I noted statements by a prominent South African official calling for a boycott of the South African Jewish community (through its umbrella organization, the South African Board of Jewish Deputies). Today, we see that boycott begin in earnest, as an African National Congress official pulled out of a SABJD conference "Celebrating 20 years of South Africa’s Freedom." The move was praised by various BDS leaders in the South African community (a movement which of course absolutely positively does not target Jews qua Jews) and comes on the heels of a joint statement by the ANC, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the South African Communist Party, and the South African National Civics Organization which described Israel as "a state founded on the basis of apartheid, which ... is a crime against humanity."

I suppose we can be thankful that they have not (yet) followed up on the other half of their official's "boycott" call, which suggested that members of the South African Jewish community be massacred in "eye for an eye" justice for Gaza civilians. But I suppose we'll have to see what develops.

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