Jerusalem Report

A colossus in our midst

Jews comprised a remarkable proportion of the whites who participated in the anti-apartheid campaign.

Portraits of South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela, painted by O. J. Zwane, in Soweto, 2010
Photo by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS
There is an incident in Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk To Freedom,” which is seemingly inconsequential, yet symbolizes the caliber of leadership of a political giant whose aura bestrode the world.

It encapsulates the qualities which enabled Mandela to emerge from his humble beginnings in an obscure village, refuse to be shackled by a grotesque social and political system and rise to become one of the genuine statesmen of the 20th century.



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