It is not only in America where loyalty to Israel takes precedence over national interests amongst Zionist Supremacists. In a highly revealing move, the South African Zionist Federation has urged Jews in that country to vote for a Christian fundamentalist party—only because it is the most fanatically pro-Israeli party.
The next elections in South Africa are scheduled for May 7, at which the ruling ANC is expected to do well, but face a rising challenge from a radical breakaway faction.
According to an article in the Israeli Haartez newspaper, the “South African Zionist Federation, one of the leading representatives of South African Jewry, has recommended that the country’s Jewish community vote for a fundamentalist Christian party with minimal public support in next week’s general election.”
“In an email titled ‘Are you voting for a friend of Israel?’ the Zionist Federation recommended that voters choose the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP,) which is given 10 out of 10 points by the federation’s researchers for its attitude to Israel.
“If the ACDP is a little much for South Africa’s Jews, the federation’s second choice is the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which receives 9 out of 10 points for its attitude to Israel. Both the ACDP and the IFP are classed as ‘good friends’ of Israel in the email.
“The ruling ANC received just two points from the federation and was classed ‘not a friend’ of Israel. The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s official opposition with 67 seats and just under 17 percent of the vote in 2009, received a lukewarm seven points.
“Traditionally, the DA has been “the Jewish party”—given that its forerunner was led by the iconic Helen Suzman and its previous leader, Tony Leon, was Jewish. Its present leader, Helen Zille, a former journalist, notes very proudly that her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother were Jewish.
“But the DA has apparently irritated the established Jewish community with certain criticisms of Israel and its policies towards the Palestinians. It has also become apparent that members of the DA’s parliamentary caucus, especially young black ones, are not prepared to rubberstamp Israeli policy.”
The federation’s allocation of points was based on three criteria: Policy and Approach to Israel (accepts Israel’s right to exist in peace and security, etc.); Public Support for Israel (senior party members attend Yom Haatzmaut celebrations [sic], etc.); and Combating anti-Israel Activities (youth groups have opposed anti-Israel actions at universities, etc.).
The call by the SAZF on Jews to vote purely in Israel’s interests is however, an important insight into the mindset which controls Zionist Supremacism—the only deciding factor in their calculations is “is it good for Israel” or not.
As South African government spokesman Mac Maharaj (quoted in the Haartez article) said in his reaction to the SAZF call, “It raises the question: where does the first loyalty of South African Jews lie? I would say that Jews should be patriotic, especially if they live in a democracy. And therefore their concern should be, in terms of their vote, what’s good for the country—not what’s good for Israel. You have to vote in the country in which you live—it has nothing to do with Israel.”
* It is not clear how many Jews will heed the SAZF call, as traditionally Jews in South Africa have supported the anti-Apartheid left (the predecessors to the Democratic Alliance) while a significant number of Jewish Communists played a leading role in running the ANC before it came to power.