and the cold Atlantic Ocean.
During the month of August 2008, my wife and I travelled to
- Security problems – Some Palestinians were involved in terrorist attacks against Israelis during the first and second Intifada years. This resulted in
taking retaliatory actions which unfortunately had also caused untold suffering amongst the innocent Palestinian population. Israel
- Racial problems – there has been an increased emphasis on
being referred to as a Jewish State. The innuendo by this statement is that those who are not Jewish may not have the same status and if one were to read some statements by establishment rabbis this feeling is further reinforced. Maybe it is here that some parallels may be found similar to the apartheid system in Israel . South Africa
I had written in a previous post about the differences between apartheid South Africa and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict and I shall not delve into this again.
However, the racial aspect does remain and this can be found in the way
Had the security fence been built along the green line and not crossed into the Palestinian lands the case for its necessity to protect Israeli citizens from terror would be stronger and justified.
Here in Israel/Palestine, a leader of the calibre of Nelson Mandela is lacking.
However, this does not mean that
Another serious problem is the AIDS problem which was not addressed by President Thabo Mbeki in the past.
Many South Africans won their freedom from apartheid but lost it to AIDS.
Despite all these serious problems, there is a feeling of a common patriotism shared by all South Africans, irrespective of their race, colour or creed. We, who live in volatile Israel/Palestine, could learn from the way South Africa had solved its racial issues and instilled a common feeling of “we are in this together and we owe it to ourselves and our children to move forward together for a better South Africa”. This feeling unfortunately is lacking in this part of the world and from this we can learn from
On previous visits to
On my recent visit, there were fewer homeless and beggars. There used to be parking meters for those parking at the side of the pavements. These meters have been replaced by parking attendants who give out parking tickets for a nominal fee. This is one of the many ingenious ways to create jobs.
The shopping malls are very upbeat and are a real treat – very inviting to spend money! Wherever one goes one becomes more and more aware of how apartheid has collapsed being replaced by a multiracial society with an eye towards a better future.
The beauty of the