South African Deputy Foreign Minister Fatima Hajaig, created an international incident when she blasted Jews at a recent meeting and claimed America and the world were controlled by Jewish money. She told a crowd, “Jews control (the United States), no matter which government comes to power, whether Republican or Democrat, 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.” Ms. Hajaig, subsequently apologized for her remarks and admitted she was confusing opposition to the government with the entire world Jewish population. She also regretted ignoring her own nation’s commitment to a society that is free of bigotry and prejudice. “I offer an unequivocal apology for the pain it (remarks) may have caused the people of our country, and the Jewish community in particular.”
Many members of the South African community were upset at the “apology” which focused on the “hurt” rather than the substance of her ignorant remarks that Jews control the world. Many Jews oppose the recent excessive use of force by the IDF since the issue is human life, not Jews or Muslims. The death of a Muslim child through artillery fire is as horrible as the death of Zimbabweans by cholera or the death of Darfurians by starvation and brutality. The myth of Jewish power is hardly born out by human history. The goal is for Palestinians and Israelis to cooperate and establish peace in their lands.