sa7eb apartheidein kaddab

with a great editorial by ali abunimah: israeli jews and the one state solution

Similarly, South African whites typically attempted to justify their opposition to democracy, not in terms of a desire to preserve their privilege and power, but using liberal arguments about protecting distinctive cultural differences. Hendrik Verwoerd Jr., the son of assassinated Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, apartheid’s founder, expressed the problem in these terms in 1986, as reported by The Toronto Star, stating that, “These two people, the Afrikaner and the black, are not capable of becoming one nation. Our differences are unique, cultural and deep. The only way a man can be happy, can live in peace, is really when he is among his own people, when he shares cultural values.”

 

* the title of this post is a reference to an egyptian idiom (sa7eb balein kaddab), which means he who is preoccupied with two things (or more) is a liar.

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