Jews rejoin the Boers in new freedom struggle
4 January 2011 Leave a comment
Israeli activists increasingly side with besieged Afrikaner/Boers after 1994
Israeli human rights activist Avigdor Eskin visited Afrikaner/Boer leaders in October 2010. He also toured Boer-squatter camps on his fact-finding mission and held a public protest outside a SA law court against the illegal arrests of several Boer workers. Eskin indeed became so dismayed by the horrific siege-like conditions in which many hundreds of thusands of homeless, impoverished Boer families now have to survive each day, that he organised an anti-ANC protest in Jerusalem to kick off the Christian New Year.
And yet another Israeli activist, the linquist Yoel Lerner, also founded the Orania-Israel Friendship League to provide active support for the small Afrikaner-Christian community which is trying to gain territorial independence away from ANC-ruled South Africa by creating a small and thriving oasis in the bleak Kalahari desert where nobody else had ever settled before.
Johannesburg historian David Saks moreover has also published a long-overdue book: describing the relatively unknown fact that some 300 Jews had helped support the Boer-Republican cause during their 1899-1902 freedom struggle against the invading British colonial military forces in their headlong rush to conquer the gold-fields of the Transvaal- and the Free State Boer Republics. At the book-launch in Johannesburg, also attended by leading Afrikaner academics, Saks was quoted in the South African Jewish report as saying that ‘The relationship between Jews and Afrikaners fluctuated over the years. In the Anglo-Boer War it was warm in various ways. During apartheid it cooled off. In the present time it is warming up again…”
Yoel Lerner, founder of the Orania-Israel Friendship League, commenting on the AfricanCrisis.co.za blog, writes: “There are a considerable number of Jews who threw in their lot with that of the Afrikaner people, as evidenced from the book “Boerejode‘. “So I feel very comfortable with my decision to do whatever I can (to help). “
- The Afrikaner Diaspora – some 1-million ‘South African whites’ have already fled since 1994:
Lerner writes: “One of the problems the Afrikaner nation has to deal with, as I learnt from my Afrikaner friends on my visit to SA last year, is the problem of the Afrikaner Diaspora. I am very familiar with a similar, perhaps even more threatening problem, being a scion of a people that was expelled from its land nineteen-hundred years ago -and only in my generation has, by and large, made its way back to its ancestral homeland. As I understand it, the Afrikaner problem began essentially in 1994, in the wake of the unfortunate turn of events that transformed a prosperous First World country into something else entirely.
“Boerejode: Jews in the Afrikaner Freedom Struggle: 1899-1902”: by Johannesburg historian David Saks. Published by the Christa Maria Will trust. http://www.reference.com/browse/SAJBD?jss=0 Picture by Ilan Ossendryver http://www.sajewishreport.co.za/pdf/latest_issue/books.pdf
Writes Lerner: “I believe that the Afrikaner Diaspora today numbers hundreds of thousands of good people who felt – probably very sorrowfully – they had no choice, for the sakes of their children and their children’s children, to make a new start in other parts of the world. Believe me on a personal level, I can understand their plight. My own family – my parents, may they rest in peace, my sister and myself – found it very difficult for just that reason to remain in one place for more than two or three years (the one exception being the six happy years we spent in Johannesburg).
“On the verge of the new year, I want to send a very special blessing from the Holy City of Jerusalem to each and every one of you, Afrikaners-in-exile, that you remember your origins, and especially that your people need you, they need you desperately, in order to re-establish a prosperous Afrikaner fiefdom in the South African sub-continent.
- “May you be successful in your own endeavors, and may you speedily find your way clear to come home, and most of all, may the good God in whom we all believe see fit to guide the Afrikaner nation through wise leadership and unity of purpose to a glorious destiny! Best wishes to you all.” Posted on African Crisis.co.za by Yoel Lerner; educator, linguist, Founder of the Orania-Israel Friendship League
sources to the above:
- Avigdor Eskin: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1602400064
Afrikaner-Jews or Boer-Jode as they are also known, are an off-shoot of Afrikanerdom and Judaism. At the beginning of the 19th century, when greater freedom of religious practice was introduced in South Africa, small numbers of Ashkenazic Jews arrived from Britain and Germany. They established the first Ashkenazi Hebrew congregation in 1841. Between the end of the 19th century and 1930, large numbers of Jews began to arrive from Lithuania and Latvia. Their culture and contribution changed the character of the South African community. According to the South African Jewish Museum, “Many of the later immigrants arrived with no resources other than their wits and experience. Most could not speak English when they arrived. Often they would learn Afrikaans before English. Their households were often multi-lingual, with parents speaking Yiddish and Afrikaans, and the children learning English at school.” http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Afrikaner-Jews
The Jewish community peaked in South Africa in the 1970s. Some 70,000 mostly nominally Orthodox, remain in South Africa. Despite low intermarriage rates, approximately 1,800 Jews leave the country for economic reasons every year, mainly to Israel, Australia, Canada and the United States. The Jewish community in South Africa is currently the largest in Africa, and, although shrinking due to emigration, it remains one of the most nominally Orthodox communities in the world. http://www.reference.com/browse/SAJBD?jss=0–