Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Searching for a Palestinian Mandela

This article was sent in by Rafi Dajani of ATFP. What the author, who is not Palestinian, ignores is that the Palestinians already have their Nelson Mandela - and his name is Marwan Barghouti:

Searching for a Palestinian Mandela. By Byron Bland The Daily Star, Opinion (Lebanon) September 4, 2007
Several years ago, a high-level Israeli official asked me to tell him everything I could about how the Israelis might find their Palestinian Nelson Mandela. His question was interesting and appropriate but also troubling because the Afrikaners didn't really "find" Mandela. It took several months before the answer came to me. Show me the Palestinian to whom you Israelis are willing to lose, and I will to show you your Palestinian Mandela.

My friend had overlooked the fact that Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) had won in South Africa. The decisive element in the so-called miracle was that white South Africans had, in one way or another and to varying degrees, accepted this outcome and had made it, if not their victory, then certainly something other than their defeat.


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