August 11, 2007
By Jane Stillwater
If you were an member of the South african Defense Force and told the truth about your crimes against humanity, you got absolved. Wouldn't you love to see the Israeli neo-cons finally tell the truth about thier Apartheid policies too?
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela was able to heal the terrible rift between the oppressors and the oppressed by allowing men who had done terrible things to their fellow men in the name of Apartheid to confess their crimes and be absolved. "Where in the world did you get the compassion and courage to forgive men who had placed y6ou in Bantustans and treated you like cattle?" I recently asked a black South African friend. "We did it because of Nelson Mandela," replied my friend. "He said that he had looked into the results of other countries' actions under similar circumstances where no one was forgiven and bloody civil wars resulted. He asked us to do it and we did." Ehud Olmert and the Israeli neo-cons are currently doing terrible things to Palestinians in the name of Apartheid. Maybe they should be allowed to confess and be forgiven too! "I turned Gaza into a Bantustan," Olmert would confess. "I herded a million people into townships and I stripped them of their dignity and their livihoods and their education and their human rights. I made them carry passes and treated them like they were less than human. I'm sorry that I did this. Please forgive me. And then the Palestinians forgave the Israeli neo-cons and a strong nation was formed? Not exactly. "You also have to remember," said my Black South African friend, "that even though we in the townships held the moral high ground, Apartheid would never have ended would have stretched on forever if we hadn't also cut off the South African Defense Force's money. Always remember that it was the divestment strategies, not the hatred of injustice or even the protests, that ended Apartheid." Oh. Wanna end Apartheid in Israel and Palestine by following the South African model? Wanna create peace and harmony in the Holy Land? Truth and reconciliation is a wonderful second step to take right now. But never forget that the first step toward healing and redemption is to cut off the oppressors' funds beginning with the billions of $$$ that American neo-cons pour into the Israeli neo-cons' coffers each year. "Amandla, guys!"
Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. She has recently published a book entitled, "Bring Your Own Flak Jacket: Helpful Tips For Touring Today's Middle East". According to Ms. Stillwater, "It's a fabulous and entertaining book. I loved writing it. And I hope that you will love reading it too." It's available at http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Your-Own-Flak-Jacket/dp/0978615719 or you can special order it at any independent bookstore.