Another prominent South African voice spoke up for Israel this past week, slamming the “propaganda” that tries to equate Palestinian conditions to those endured by blacks at the hands of white Afrikaners, Democracy Broadcasting reported.
“There is no apartheid in Israel. My parents have suffered through apartheid,” said Esther Meshoe, daughter of Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, a 19-year member of the South African Parliament, founder and president of the African Christian Democratic Party, and pastor of a South African Church, in a video uploaded to YouTube last week.
Being a black person in apartheid-era South Africa “you couldn’t be treated in the same hospital as the white people, but in Israel” it’s different Meshoe said. “A family friend of ours went to Israel two years ago and he was in an accident, unfortunately. But he was taken to a hospital, and on his right was a Jew, on his left was an Arab. So, here he is as a black man, a black South African. He said to himself: ‘This is not apartheid. What apartheid are they talking about?’”
“I am saddened by a lot of the politicians who are spreading this propaganda. I am saddened by a lot of South Africans who are participating in this propaganda, that Israel is an apartheid state,” she said.
In a separate interview also uploaded by Democracy Broadcasting last week, Lydia Meshoe, Esther’s mother and Kenneth’s wife said, the reality of Muslim relations with Israel nowhere approaches the false allegations of apartheid by South African politicians, who she sees as taking the position to to curry favor with Muslim interest groups.
South Africa, which was once the home to a large Jewish population, supported the United Nations resolution that backed the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and then enjoyed a good relationship with Israel. But as apartheid-era violence grew, many Jews emigrated to safer havens.
Watch the interview with Esther Meshoe, below.