You expect such talk from government officials in the Middle East. From government officials in South Africa, not so much:
South Africa’s Jewish community on Wednesday lodged a complaint of hate speech against the country’s deputy foreign minister, who earlier this month said that “Jewish money controls America and most Western countries.”
Stressing that the South African Jewish Board of Deputies “usually prefers dialogue,” the Board’s national director, Wendy Kahn, told Haaretz: “Deputy Minister Fatima Hajaig had crossed all limits.”
Kahn, who is in Israel to attend the World Jewish Congress in Jerusalem, called Hajaig’s comments “a demonstration of anti-Semitism of the oldest and most classical kind.”
In the complaint, the Board quotes what Hajaig said at a pro-Palestinian rally in Lenasia on January 14. “They in fact control [America], no matter which government comes in to power, whether Republican or Democratic, whether Barack Obama or George Bush,” Hajaig was heard saying.
She also said: “The control of America, just like the control of most Western countries, is in the hands of Jewish money and if Jewish money controls their country then you cannot expect anything else.”
Via Norm Geras.