Check out the highlighted signature from 1975. It’s from Shimon Peres, then Israeli minister of defense. He, along with South African Defense Minister P.W. Botha, signed the document that sealed the nuclear weapons agreement between the countries. The Guardian has a timeline of events leading up to the agreement as well as historic documents.
In this letter, dated 11 November 1974, Peres says Israel and the South African apartheid government share a “common hatred of injustice” and urges a “close identity of aspirations and interests.”
Really? Can Israel’s Zionist leadership be so deluded they believe the meaning of injustice doesn’t apply to them and their oppressive policies? That both countries shared a ‘common hatred’ is clear. However, I believe that hatred extended to the indigenous peoples and the idea that the only way the minority rulers could continue their ‘cozy’ and lucrative colonial enterprises was to dehumanize, oppress and isolate the majority populations in segregated Bantustans.
Thankfully, liberty has come to South Africa, thanks in large part to the boycott, sanctions and divestments movements.
But Israel’s Zionists can’t rest easy. Liberty and self-determination for the Palestinian people are knocking at the gate. The global BDS movement, which began in Palestine, has taken root and is flourishing around the world. Palestinian civil resistance is also growing stronger.
Now, worldwide pressure on Israel to reveal the extent of its nuclear weapons arsenal and to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty is another gust of wind already battering Israel’s flimsy grasp on the occupation. A gale force is coming. Israel’s house of cards is tottering.
Kristin Szremski 5/26/2010