The World Unites Behind Mandela: An Unreported United Message From The United Nations
New York, New York: Millions of South Africans mourned the death of Nelson Mandela as you would expect, but the rest of world also joined in an unprecedented display of the same international solidarity that for years helped South Africa isolate its enemies and overthrow apartheid.
Mandela was not the first Third World revolutionary to become so popular in the West---just think of all the images of Cuba's Che Guevara that remain proudly displayed on T-shirts the world over. Yet, Mandela built an international community of supporters that transcended ideological/political differences, races and cultures.
Nations not known for being supportive of the liberation movement he headed want to be thought of as Mandela backers.
Even Israel, whose Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu begged off an invitation to attend a memorial service in Johannesburg because he ostensibly "could not afford' to come--other Israelis did attend---is now floating claims that their intelligence service assisted Mandela through support from a Intelligence operative in the Mossad back in 1962 who gave him a pistol.
Israel later became an ally of the apartheid government, helping them develop a nuclear weapon,
The claim of Israel's largesse got a big spread in the Ha'aretz newspaper, and was clearly targeted at Israeli critics who are now boycotting the self-styed "Jewish State," denouncing it for apartheid practices, just as South Africa was boycotted with international sanctions.