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A pioneering learn of yank Jewish involvement within the struggle opposed to racial injustice in South Africa.

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73 While Professor Hugh Smythe, an African American anthropologist from Brooklyn College, also delved into Cold War alliances, he noted the tension within Black African nations over Israel’s racial politics. ”) Prof Smythe noted that African states, fearful of “Nasser’s expansionism,” turned to Israel for assistance. But these nations had some reservations. ”74 Those engaged in anticolonialist struggles across the world watched Israel’s domestic and foreign policies closely. 75 Yet already, Israel’s alliances with colonialist forces had cost Israel the faith of left-leaning African Americans, Jews, and others.

Segal, antiapartheid activist and editor of Africa South, assailed the “one-eyed morality” and “hypocrisy” of South African Jewish leaders who “casually commended” the apartheid regime even while “pleading with the world to acknowledge at last the cruelties of the Nasser regime,” the poor treatment of the Jews in Egypt by his edict. ”24 These conflicts also divided African Americans and American Jews. 25 These wounds were undoubtedly still fresh one year later when Israel did not receive a UN invitation to celebrate Africa Freedom Day on American soil.

Ted Kheel, a Jewish labor mediator, real estate developer, and leader in the National Urban League, introduced “several honored guests sitting in the audience,” including Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, the Israeli-Consul-General in New York City, and National Association for the 24 N at ions D i v i de d Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) leader Daisy Bates, a central figure to the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. These guests attested to the firm links between African and African American liberation, between the freedom struggles in the United States and in the nations of Africa.

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