Predictably the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), a body that chooses to be deliberately blind to the real situation in the Middle East, this week chose to see only what it wanted to see.


In a statement on the escalating conflict inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the SAJBD said: “For the past week rockets fired from Gaza have rained down on Israeli towns in the south of Israel. Yesterday, it was Jerusalem’s turn to be targeted. Rockets are indiscriminate.”

Never mind that scores of bodies were piling up on the Palestinian side as the Israeli security forces indiscriminately attacked and killed men, women and children under the guise of self-defence and targeting Hamas.

Never mind that the conflict was sparked by the Israeli government’s apartheid-style forced removal actions in East Jerusalem and escalated by security force incursions into the Al Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in the holy month of Ramadan.

Although the conflict is lopsided and that its origins lie in the oppression of Palestinians and discrimination against Palestinians and Arab Israelis, the SAJBD insists that it is a conflict of equals who share equal blame…..more