Minister in South African Government is anti-Jewish racist

Fatima Hajaig, Deputy Foreign Minster

Fatima Hajaig, Deputy Foreign Minster

Fatima Hajaig, Deputy Foreign Minsiter of the Rainbow Nation said the following at a COSATU trade union event:

“The control of America, just like the control of most Western countries, is in the hands of Jewish money and if Jewish money controls their country then you cannot expect anything else.”

Ben Cohen of Z Word reports:

Jewish leaders in South Africa have now lodged a complaint of hate speech against her. Wendy Kahn of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies correctly declared: “Deputy Minister Fatima Hajaig had crossed all limits.”

Observes David Saks:

Comrade Fatima’s brazen invocation of the spectre of Jewish money exercising its malign behind-the-scenes influence in shaping world events was greeted with a particularly enthusiastic roar of appreciation by the audience. She even used the words “Jew” and “Jewish” rather than the code-word “Zionist”.

In addition to such revolting conspiracy theorising, various other speakers at the Lenasia rally made threatening statements against the local Jewish community.This included calls that anyone with Zionist sympathies be expelled from the country, that “Israeli” businesses be boycotted (a list of Jewish-owned businesses is in fact now doing the rounds within the Muslim community and further afield) and that action be taken against South African Jews who served in the Israeli military.

As the consistently excellent It’s Almost Supernatural blog points out, it was a shameful day in South Africa.

7 Responses to “Minister in South African Government is anti-Jewish racist”

  1. Gil Says:

    ‘Comrade Fatima’s brazen invocation of the spectre of Jewish money exercising its malign behind-the-scenes influence in shaping world events was greeted with a particularly enthusiastic roar of appreciation by the audience. She even used the words “Jew” and “Jewish” rather than the code-word “Zionist”.’

    And that is the problem in a nutshell. She is echoing what so many on the anti-Zionist Left believe in. Unless they unequivocably condemn her and others like her then they are guilty of the same sentiments. As such it is THEY

  2. Gil Says:

    …who should be boycotted.

  3. Another Observer Says:

    And where are those good natured people, wringing their hands, beating their breat saying………….how could a people who have suffered so much, say such things? How could they not learn from the experience of their terrible history. Or, as in the case of Israel, is such a view of SA just essentializing, patronising rubbish.

  4. Bill Says:

    What a stupid thing to say, and to let the mask slip between “Jewish” and “Zionist”. No doubt we will be told that it was not “as such” antisemetic.

    What’s worse is how it ties my rabid opposition to “hate speech” and similar speech codes (unless it’s an explicit call to violence and other real incitement) into knots.

    I oppose bringing hate speech laws against her to gag her. She should allow her words to hang herself otherwise she could easily turn this around as an I-told-you-so about the great global conspiracy of… ahem… “Zionists”. But I’ll enjoy seeing SA’s due process system chase its tail around trying to navigate a law that was likely NOT intended for use against her suddenly being applied to her, trying then to get the charge dismissed (higher truths and all that jazz) and then expect such asymmetrically-enforced laws to be taken seriously in the future in the country that rightfully prides itself over its beating apartheid in all forms. (At least that’s what happens when such speech codes are applied over here.) Cue Avenue Q’s Schadenfreude song.

  5. David Says:

    Excellent interview with the head of the SA Board of Deputies.

  6. Larry Jacobson Says:

    Sounded to me like she was getting a lot of applause. Also have you seen the blogs on the story in the South Africa Times? Most are not only supportive of Hajaig but go much further in openly advocating antisemitic hate. It’s a sad day but symptomatic of the new situation where few now even pretend to disguise antisemitism as antizionism. There is simply no longer stigma attached to antisemitism on the so-called ‘left’.

  7. Harry Goldstein Says:

    It might be worth pointing out – if only for the sake of saying something positive – that the coverage on the SABC news bulletin was extremely good, and this suggests that there are strong positives as well as negatives in South Africa.

    It appeared to be their top story. There was no attempt to trivialise what had happened. It was treated as a scandal. And, quite rightly – given that it was an issue of racism, not about views of Israel-Gaza – they apparently didn’t feel the need for a ‘balancing’ view to counter the Jewish representative.

    I wonder, if it had been a British minister, whether the BBC’s coverage would have been as good.


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