"Arafat is a comrade in arms?"
The terrorist boss who ordered the massacre of kindergarten children? Really?
I can see why the Israelis may not have been happy with Mandela about that.
I can see why, despite Mandela's undoubted virtues, popular Aussie columnist Andrew Bolt has committed the heresy of not sharing wholeheartedly in the current virtually consensual, nay obligatory, hagiography of the late South African leader.
Here's a despicable comment from a Facebook friend of Sizer, in relation to a link the vicar posted yesterday to a Jerusalem Post article concerning Netanyahu's decision not to attend Mandela's funeral citing "high costs":
The commenter in question, I'm told by the person who alerted me to the comment, is a "revert" to Islam who has long been perceived by many as an antisemite.
Needless to say, the vicar has not admonished her for such an unwarranted smear.
Incidentally, there's a nasty little piece here by Larry Derfner about the absence of Netanyahu and Peres from Mandela's funeral. During the 1960s (until snubbed by the corrupt dictatorial regimes of those they were helping, and which now comprise part of the anti-Israel voting block of that viscerally anti-Israel organisation, the UN) Israel gave much technological help to the emergent nations of black Africa, but the Derfners of this world don't seem to acknowledge that.