Israel and Nelson Mandela’s moral legacy | Letters

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Yehuda Avivi, an Israeli embassy spokesperson, defends his country against the charge of being an apartheid state

By adopting an extreme anti-Israel position, ANC MP Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela (My grandfather Nelson Mandela fought apartheid. I see the parallels with Israel, 11 October) does injustice to the moral legacy of his late grandfather.

Far from being a rabid opponent of Israel, Nelson Mandela was sympathetic towards Zionism. Just as Mandela supported Palestinian aspirations, he also endorsed the Jewish people’s right to a nation state of their own. In 1993, he stated publicly that the ANC affirms “the legitimacy of Zionism as a Jewish nationalism”.

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