Former South African President Nelson Mandella, an African hero of military resistance against the apartheid South Africa under the White rule, is fighting for his life in Pretoria hospital. World leaders are hailing him as the greatest living African freedom fighter and human rights activist. US president Barack Obama joined retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu in praising Nelson Mandela.

During launching Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Civic Centre on June 30, Bishop Tutu hailed Mandela as an “incredible, incredible person”, who was still uniting South Africans from hospital bed.

“We pray for his comfort and his dignity. We pray that we will be ready to commit him into the hands of our loving God,” he said at the opening of an exhibition.

South African Muslims played an active part within African National Congress (ANC). The close collaboration between the White Afrikan regime and the Zionist regime was one of the main reasons for their support for the ANC. They included, Professor Fatima Meer and the youngest ANC member jailed with Nelson Mandela, Achmad Cassiem, to name a few

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Tehran always supported ANC. In appreciation of Iranian support, President Nelson Mandela visited Tehran in 1992 and placed a wreath at Imam Khomeini’s shrine. Ayatullah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was the first Iranian president to meet Mandela in Pretoria on September 12, 1998.

“As we rebuild our country we also seek to strengthen bonds with those who stood by us during the darkest of times. After the triumph of the 1979 Revolution your country, Mr. President, sacrificed much in support of our cause. Iran refused to oil the system which the world regarded as a crime against humanity. That approach informed your policy towards South Africa until apartheid was dismantled. Although we conveyed our gratitude through your high-powered delegation at the inauguration of our Government, I still feel obliged to say once more to the people of Iran: “Thank you”,” said Mandela while speaking at a reception in honor of Rafsanjani.

Both the US and Israel supported the apartheid regime in South Africa. Many lawmakers in both the US and Israel called Mandela “a terrorist”. The Zionist entity was the most significant arms supplier to the SA apartheid regime throughout the 1980s and served as a lifeline for the apartheid government during a period when Pretoria faced growing international condemnation and heightened domestic unrest. Tel Aviv even helped Petoria to develop nuclear bombs which were later dismantled on the orders on Mandela.

President Bill Clinton (1993-2001) tried Mandela to oppose the Islamic Republic – but Mandela replied that he would never be disloyal to Iran. Mandela always admired Moammar Qaddafi (Libya) and Fidel Castro (Cuba) for their support for the ANC’s struggle against the SA apartheid regime.

On May 1, 2000, president Mandela, angered Israel and Jewish lobby groups in America when he said foreigners should not interfere in the espionage trial being conducted in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz. The trail involved 13 Jews who were accused of spying for the Zionist entity and United States. As result, the American Jewish Committee canceled the presentation of a medallion marking Mandela’s support for Israel and his long fight for human rights.

Alisa Solomon in an Op-Ed in the New York Times (June 8, 1990) claimed that American Jewish Lobby would declare Nelson Mandela ‘kosher’, only if he makes the statement: “Israel has a right to exist by all means”.

Nelson Mandela has always been a critic of Israel and Zionism. As a Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), he had blasted Netanyahu for later’s “narrow and chauvinistic” policies.

“We remain gravely concerned about the situation in the Middle East, especially the positions taken by the Netanyahu administration in Israel, which has blocked progress towards a just and peaceful solution, including the formation of a sovereign state of Palestine. We should not allow that the narrow, chauvinistic interests of the current administration in Israel should succeed to block the prospect of a permanent and just peace throughout the Middle East,”said Mandela.

On February 1, 2003, Morton A. Klein, national president of Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) condemned Mandela’s for demanding that Washington force Israel to surrender its nuclear weapons.

On July 22, 2003, Islamophobe Jewish David Horowitz’s mouthpiece, FrontPage magazine, blasted Mandela for his friendship with Libyan leader Qaddafi and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and laying wreath at Imam Khomeini’s shrine.

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