Was Mandela close to the PLO, a terrorist group sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel and which has been responsible for the cold-blooded murder of countless Israeli civilians? Yes, he was

In just a few days since the passing of Nelson Mandela, and as South Africans begin a 10-day mourning period for their elder statesman, a slew of articles have been written about his stance regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Of particular interest have been his sympathies towards the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and its head, Yasser Arafat. 

Whilst anti-Israel types fawn over Mandela’s legacy and point towards his support for the PLO and his relative antipathy towards the Jewish state as proof of the righteousness of their cause, supporters of Israel seem to be divided. Whilst some scramble to salvage some “brownie points”, by pointing out that “Madiba’s” support for the PLO did not extend to negating Israel’s right to exist (which is apparently how low the bar has sunk these days), others lazily write him off as an anti-Israel “Marxist”, and end it at that.

Both are wrong.

Was Mandela close to the PLO, a terrorist group sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel and which has been responsible for the cold-blooded murder of countless Israeli civilians? Yes, he was. It is indeed ironic that whereas Mandela fought for the rights of the indigenous people of South Africa, when it came to the Middle East he sided with one of the groups which has always stood at the forefront of the push for Arab colonization, the Arabization of other indigenous nations and the eradication or appropriation of the legacies of non-Arab peoples.

And if any more proof were needed of his moral failure when it came to the Middle East, there was his friendship with former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which he once defended by proclaiming that “those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Gaddafi can go jump in the pool.”

Again, the irony of that relationship was not simply that Gaddafi was a monstrous violator of human rights, but more specifically that he too was a key figure in the Arab colonialist project, who systematically sought to wipe out the Amazigh (Berber) people who are indigenous to northern Africa, and who ethnically-cleansed the entire Jewish population of Libya. 

So, yes, Mandela was far from the infallible, universal icon of human rights he has been portrayed as. But instead of attacking him or seeking to deny the facts, we should ask ourselves two questions.

Firstly: why do we care? Mandela fought a just war against the forces of apartheid, but that did not make him infallible, and nor did it somehow confer upon him the kind of demi-god status which so many accolades attributed to him. He was a man – a great man, no doubt – but a man nonetheless. And men get things wrong. He fought for African rights in Africa, but what did he really know about the Middle East? His silence regarding the ongoing slavery of black Africans in Arab states, and the deeply-embedded racism within Arab society at large indicated that he knew precious little about the region.

But secondly – and more essentially – we must ask what drew Mandela to the likes of Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gaddafi in the first place.


The answer will be uncomfortable for many supporters of Israel to hear, but it must be said, because it exposes precisely how anti-Israel groups have succeeded in manipulating the discourse to their advantage and in gaining so many fellow travelers. And, more appropriately for this period of reflection so soon after his passing, the answer to that question will help us learn something from the life of such an undeniably remarkable man.

For although Mandela was no Middle East expert he understood well the discourse of “resistance” – a discourse which the proponents of Arab imperialism have so successfully, and so perversely, managed to co-opt for their own benefit: from PLO to Gaddafi, and from the genocidal Hamas to the bloodthirsty Assad – who continues preaching “resistance” even as he butchers his own people, and who issued a statement mourning the anti-apartheid hero even as he fights to preserve minority Alawite rule in Syria.

Mandela was a man who had the courage to sacrifice everything to challenge a powerful system of oppression and injustice which was determined to crush him. His moral clarity in the fight against apartheid gave him the strength to sit in jail for a quarter of a century without compromising his principles one iota. But more astonishingly, it enabled him to emerge from his imprisonment without bitterness, but with a deep-seated and genuine will to continue to change the world – this time through reconciliation as well as justice.

Such a moral and ideological giant cannot be conveniently dismissed because we don’t like everything he said.

Instead, we must honestly and openly ask: why? Why would such a man – the hero of the African liberation movement – side with the enemies of Zionism, the Jewish liberation movement?

Because we let it happen.

Because of successive Israeli governments whose national policies are so deeply rooted in all the insecurities and paranoia of the 2,000-year exile that they rushed to abandon the revolutionary ideals of Zionism for the peace and quiet of “normalcy”, even as they moved tantalizingly close to completing the liberation of the Jewish homeland in 1967. 

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the very embodiment of such a mentality, who advocates that Israel become America’s vassal state, said it best when he explained why Israel “desperately needed” the 2005 “Disengagement” from Gaza. Speaking in New York shortly before the deportation of 9,000 Jews and the destruction of their communities, he told the audience at the Israel Policy forum that “We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies. We want them to be our friends, our partners, our good neighbors.”

How should a man like Mandela look upon such a political establishment? With scorn at best and antipathy at worst. For the lack of resolve over the Jewish ownership of Judea and Samaria (and Gaza) exhibited by almost every Israeli government since 1967 can only be understood in one of two ways: either they lack the moral fiber to sacrifice for what is rightfully their’s, or it is not their’s at all.

Courage to stand alone

And it is that same raft of insecurities which is to blame for the other –  equally shameful – reason for Nelson Mandela’s less-than-warm embrace of Israel: Jerusalem’s engagement with apartheid South Africa.

To be sure, it was not an alliance forged through shared values – far from it. Prior to 1967 Israel was in fact a harsh critic and staunch opponent of Pretoria, but a sense of isolation following the Six Day War triggered a shameful about-turn in relations between the two countries, and the formation of an alliance which was morally wrong, even repugnant.

The fact that the success of the militant left in isolating Israel from much of Africa and the rest of the so-called “Third World” could result in such an astonishingly quick decision to abandon ideology in favor of the crassest of pragmatism is a testament to the insecurities picked up by the Jewish exiles, scattered as minorities and huddled in ghettos desperate for someone – anyone – to throw us a rope. As the saying goes: it is harder to take the “galut” (exile) out of the Jews than it is to take the Jews out of the galut.

And yet we seem continually blind to the lessons of history, even as our Prime Minister sends his heartfelt condolences to the people of South Africa. How else can we explain the decision to send a government minister to “mend relations” (read: grovel) with the Turkish regime, which supports none other than Hamas – a group which is dedicated to committing a second holocaust? But from a wider perspective, building a relationship with a Turkish government which is responsible for attempting a cultural genocide against the Kurdish people, and which continues to provide active support to Islamist groups in Syria which seek the annihilation of the Kurdish nation, is morally wrong.

If “a bad deal is worse than no deal“, then surely having evil friends is worse than having none at all. The option of backing the Kurdish liberation movement once again over the AKP (Turkey’s answer to the Muslim Brotherhood) would both send a clear message of defiance to the proponents of Islamism, as well as putting Israel on the right side of history, regardless of Erdogan’s hissy fits.

Nelson Mandela’s legacy is one of courage, perseverance and the willingness to stand – alone if necessary – for what you know to be right. It is the wisdom to understand that all the injustices which exist today, no matter how set-in-stone they seem to be, are never permanent, and cannot withstand the iron will of a just cause.

Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, and it is just for one reason and one reason only: because this land – from the river to the sea – is Jewish, and has been so for 3,500 years. We are in the right because justice is on our side. The “settlements” are just because Judea and Samaria are Jewish lands – a fact which even the Arab conquests of the 7th century could not alter.

Mandela was wrong to support Arafat, Gaddafi and all the rest of them. He and others are wrong to join the chorus of calls for Israel to cede Judea and Samaria, and are completely misguided in viewing the PLO’s cause as a just one.

But if we do not say so, loudly, firmly and with courage, how can we expect them to know?


His leadership and television interviews have gone trough out the world. Luden Centeno of Converso Marano Jewish background from Spain resides permanently in Jerusalem. His analysis of Middle Eastern events as they relate to Israel is regularly broadcast through internet radio and television through out the world, especially the USA. Luden has given close to 500 television interviews in Israel Jerusalem and broadcasts live from Jerusalem Israel on the radio. On our last 6 radio programs we have had over 500,00 listeners listening in. Our main goal is to educate the world about Israel and its right to protect herself from any form of terrorism that comes out of Ramallah and the occupied territories that belong to Israel. Israel faces many challenges and dangers since a very long time. There is an unprecedented propaganda campaign initiated by the Arab League to demonize, discredit and delegitimize the Jewish people and their state, within their own land! The efforts of the Arab League were recently seen in the UN Resolution 2334 text as follows, adopted by the UN Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016. Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008), guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice, condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions. In order to achieve their goals, the Arabs have for more than 30 years resorted to a deliberate misinformation campaign. This propaganda campaign by the Arab League – both in their own countries and for the last three decades exported to Europe and North America has caused Israel what would seem irreparable damage and indeed, it was the main culprit in the reawakening of dormant European anti-Semitism. Israel continues to suffer many attacks from terrorists and should not bow down under the pressure imposed by the USA, the EU. the Quartet, nor the UN. The former Obama administration was working behind the scenes to get UN Resolution 2334 to pass. even while allowing Iran to continue to develop their nuclear facilities by using John Kerry and others to fulfill their hidden agenda. On December 23rd 2016 the US abstained from exercising its veto to UN resolution 2334 which allowed it to pass. Then John Kerry immediately blasted Israel over the presence of Israeli settlements within Israel's own land. The Obama Administration's hidden agenda came to light. The former Obama administration was trying to force Israel to give up more land for false peace as we have seen in the past. Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley were on the negotiating table. For perspective, if the so-called Palestinians obtained Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley, Givat HaRoe’eh in the Samaria community of Eli, Ramat Gilad and Giv’at Assaf (also in Samaria), and Mitzpeh Lachish, near Nehogot outside Hebron. they could easily rain down rockets towards any city within Israel, leaving without defensible borders. We say no to land for false peace as we have seen in the past. By former President Barrack Hussein Obama who had a hidden agenda against Israel who will face many difficult challenges ahead (see Tehillim / See Psalms 83) As we have seen what happened with Gush Katif where almost 9,000 Jews were forced out of their own Jewish land due to US pressure, now Bet El Almuna and Migron and Judea and Samaria face the same threat. More than 17,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since Israel uprooted 9,000 Jewish families. Over 11,000 were fired from Gaza towards the southern Israeli city of Sderot by Islamist extremist whose end-game is the total destruction of my people Israel. Hamas terrorists are supported by Iran and now Hamas has joined hands with Fatah. The Iranian Lebanese proxy Hezbollah who also operate in Syria are committed to the total destruction of Israel and has over 100,00 rockets aimed at Israel .Now Al Qaeda and ISIS who are operating in Syria Egypt and the Sinai Desert they will do anything in their power to destroy my people Israel and all Jews. Judea and Samaria (the heartland of Israel also known as the West Bank) face many challenges in the days to come as Abu Mazen will try to pressure the entire world and former US President Barrack Hussein Obama the UN the EU and the Quartet into giving more land for false peace. We saw what happened after the Oslo Accords were signed, dramatically increasing Islamic terror against Israel. Abu Mazen the fake Palestinian Authority leader approached the United Nations many times and has petitioned to be declared as a recognized nation within Israel's known borders. The time has come to tell the entire world the real truth about the enemies of Israel. We speak on the Quran using a Power Point video presentation. We have been aired on CNN, German TV, Finland TV, CCTV, China Al Jazera, Al Arabiya Turk TV and many radio stations on the current issues of Israel. Luden Centeno has a heart for his people Israel and will continue to inform the entire world the real truth as many News Media outlets throughout the world hold anti-Semitic views and won’t tell you the real truth. Centeno, a former police officer who studied Political Science at Temple University USA was born in the USA and currently lives in Jerusalem Israel, knowing karate and boxing having played semi-pro baseball. He has two children, a girl and a son, both born in Jerusalem. Centeno discovered in 2004 that there were possible Converso Marrano Jews from Spain whose ancestors were forced to convert to Catholicism during the time of the Inquisition in 1492. The family names Centeno and Perez are registered in El Libro Verde De Aragon in Spain. The Roman Catholic Inquisitors maintained all the names of all Jewish families who were forced to convert to Catholicism during that horrible time period in Spain. Since 2004 Centeno has been flying intercontinentally to the USA speaking to the nations on the current issues of the the state of Israel (see Psalms 83′ as the nations gather against Israel.) He has spoken on Al Arabiya TV, Dubai TV, Holland TV, German TV and also on American Family Radio which links up with 700 radio stations. His goal is to educate the entire world that Israel has the right to self-determination and the right to defend itself from terrorism. The Moslem Arabs in that area started calling themselves “Palestinians” merely only 40 years ago. “Palestinian” refers to people who live in Palestine: Arabs (“Arabic speaking peoples”), Bedouins, Druze, Christians, and Jews lived in then the British Mandate of Palestine. No people or nation called Palestine ever ruled as a sovereign national entity on this land. There is no Palestinian language or culture in past history. Palestine, as a country does not presently exist. No Arab nation has their historical roots on the land and no one had laid claim to this territory other than the Jews. The Jewish rule of this land extended over a period of over 2000 years. Israel became a nation in the land in 1312 BC. God gave them the land in a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20) and they lived there. See the following Quote from the Quran, "Death to the enemies of Allah! Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them. For you must know that Allah is..." This is what radical Islam says about us Jews’ “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim) Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים א שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף. 1 A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. ב אֱלֹהִים אַל-דֳּמִי-לָךְ; אַל-תֶּחֱרַשׁ וְאַל-תִּשְׁקֹט אֵל. 2 O God, keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God. ג כִּי-הִנֵּה אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יֶהֱמָיוּן; וּמְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, נָשְׂאוּ רֹאשׁ. 3 For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. ד עַל-עַמְּךָ, יַעֲרִימוּ סוֹד; וְיִתְיָעֲצוּ, עַל-צְפוּנֶיךָ. 4 They hold crafty converse against Thy people, and take counsel against Thy treasured ones. ה אָמְרוּ–לְכוּ, וְנַכְחִידֵם מִגּוֹי; וְלֹא-יִזָּכֵר שֵׁם-יִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד. 5 They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’ ו כִּי נוֹעֲצוּ לֵב יַחְדָּו; עָלֶיךָ, בְּרִית יִכְרֹתוּ. 6 For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; God’s word says in Zechariah 8:23 "Thus saith the LORD of Hosts: In Those days it shall come to pass, That ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

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