Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.
The most important anti-globalization movement of the last two decades has shown us how to resist. And it grasps, as Subcomandante Marcos made clear in his final public appearance, that resistance must be wedded to nonviolence.
The South African underclass Mandela became an inspiration to continues to suffer unnecessarily in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.
As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.
A white warrior against apartheid who dedicated his life to the African National Congress is now assailing the ruling party for its failure to wrest economic power from a tiny elite and place it in the majority’s hands. His story resonates far beyond South Africa.