Holomisa, Lekota: Israel NOT apartheid state
The parliamentarians represented a diverse range of parties (see picture below), were guests of the South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) – a not-for-profit organisation which promotes interfaith dialogue between various SA political groups and the tour was led by the national chair of the SAZF, Ben Swartz.
RIGHT: Mosiuoa Lekota, the leader of COPE, was one of those who participated in radio Islam’s attempt to label Israel as an Apartheid state. Listen to the interview here: THE PODCAST
Swartz afterwards told Jewish Report of his satisfaction that the group had gained “a very balanced perspective” during their stay, to enable them to play a constructive role in the Mideast conflict going forward.
MPs experience Israel – first hand
PICTURED ABOVE are Dr Pieter Mulder, Freedom Front Plus; the Rev Kenneth Meshoe of the ACDP; Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi of the IFP; Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat; Mosiuoa Lekota of Cope; Bantu Holomisa of the UDM; and Ben Swartz, national chairman of the SAZF
The group, most of them leaders of diverse opposition parties, were impressed with what they saw and who they met, All-in-all the trip can be described as one which overwhelmingly educated its audience to the realities of Israel and the further enormous opportunities that exist between the Holy Land and South Africa.
SAFI, says Swartz, is careful not to convert these visits into “propaganda tours”, but it aims to allow its guests to meet a wide spectrum of opinion-makers in Israel and the territories and make up their own minds.
They met with members of the Palestinian Authority, had breakfast with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and met members of Israel’s Knesset.
But it wasn’t all politics… The group visited the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research as well as the Wolfson Medical Centre in Tel Aviv.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST to hear what they say