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'Jews control Obama' speech retracted by S.African deputy

By Adriana Stuijt     Feb 6, 2009 in World
South African deputy foreign minister Fatima Hajaig has apologised 'unequivocally,' and retracted her ''unacceptable antisemitic statements' she admitted making at a public rally on Jan. 14 in Lenasia. This was said by an official government spokesman.
However the deputy foreign minister herself has thus far not appeared in any public media to read this retraction and unequivocal apology. Instead, the South African government spokesman, Temba Masiko, told the media at his daily press briefing:
"I can state after also having a session with her ( Hajaig) after she met with the President, she's made it very clear that in fact she as a person will never harbour anti-Semitic views. She indicated to me that in fact she herself is married to a Semite, and her kids are also half Semite.
"So it's actually unfortunate that she ended up making these comments, she profusely apologises, and they were unfortunate. And the reason why she has come out publicly to apologise is a clear indication that in fact it's something that may have been an error of judgement on her part and that's why she has come out not to deny or even claim that she's been misquoted, she has said she's made the comments, she apologises and she withdraws them without any qualifications whatsoever.'
The SA Jewish Board of Deputies, which had lodged a charge of hatespeech against Hajaig with the SA Human Rights Commission, said in its reaction that 'it has accepted the deputy minister's retraction and apology,.' It was obtained, they noted, a full two weeks after her speech, and only when she had been called on the carpet by acting-president Motlanthe and his cabinet council.
Anti-Jewish protests in South Africa planned from this weekend:
The deputy-minister's antisemitic statement added fuel to a new campaign which has just been launched by the Cosatu trade union movement and a local pro-Palestinian group in South Africa, to boycot all goods from Israel -- they said they will refuse to offload a freighter arriving in Durban harbour on Sunday for instance -- but to also decided to hold protest meetings throughout the country at buildings used by South African Jewish cultural and religious organisations. See
Hajaig said at a public rally in Lenasia on February 15, recorded by Channel Islam International: "they (Jews) control America, no matter which government comes into power, whether Republican or Democratic, whether Barack Obama or George Bush... Their 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."
Wendy Kahn of the SAJBD described the comments as "classic anti-Jewish stereotyping and conspiracy-theory mongering... typical by those seeking to portray Jews as scheming, manipulative and disloyal to the countries in which they lived.' She added that 'the Jewish community was outraged by such a public display of bigotry by a senior government representative."
The Indian community in South Africa with which the deputy-minister also identifies, have often expressed such views towards Jews over the years. In fact the matter also troubled Mahatma Ghandi, the liberator of India, who wrote several letters to Nazi ruler Adolph Hitler before the outbreak of WWII in which he tried to convert the Nazi leader to a non-violence course of action towards the Jews of Europe.
Ghandi often described his friendship with South African Jews - he'd lived and worked in South Africa as a young lawyer. After the war, he wrote in his memoirs that the Nazis had embarked on an unprecedented campaign of hatred and annihilation of the Jews of Germany which had never been seen in the world before'. see and also
YouTube combats antisemitism:
Meanwhile to combat such rapidly-growing anti-Jewish incidents and hatespeech around the world, the Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913 and the world's leading organization in fighting anti-semitism, has joined in partnership with YouTube. The YouTube Abuse & Safety Center was unveiled on December 11 at the annual conference of the Family Online Safety Institute in Washington D.C. and can be found here
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