Keep Hana in mind. Don't forget her: If banished to Gaza, #HanaShalabi would face Winnie Mandela’s fate and hope http://t.co/QN7Q55DE
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, on Twitter
Hana Shalabi, whom Israel accuses of being a member of the terrorist group Islamis Jihad, has staged a hunger strike and apparently will now be released to Gaza.
Abunimah is outraged, comparing Hana Shalabi to Winnie Mandela.
Putting aside the automatic, emotional knee-jerk response Abunimah intends by conjuring up the Mandela name, here is some background on the criminal activities and human rights abuses of Winnie Mandela, who was also involved in the murder of a child:
From Wikipedia on Winnie Mandela:
Violent rhetoric and murder allegationsPerhaps .@AliAbunimah can enlighten us further on the comparisons to be made between the vicious Winnie Mandela and Abunimah's darling Islamic Jihad terrorist Hana Shalabi?
Mandela's reputation was damaged by her bloodthirsty rhetoric, the most noteworthy example of this being a speech she gave in Munsievilleon 13 April 1986, where she endorsed the practice of necklacing (burning people alive using tyres and petrol) in the struggle to end apartheid. She said, "with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country".Further tarnishing her reputation were accusations by her bodyguard, Jerry Musivuzi Richardson, that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ordered kidnapping and murder. On 29 December 1988, Richardson, coach of the Mandela United Football Club (MUFC) – which acted as Mrs. Mandela's personal security detail – abducted 14-year-old James Seipei (also known as Stompie Moeketsi) and three other youths from the home of Methodist minister Rev. Paul Verryn. Mrs. Mandela claimed that she had the youth taken to her home because she suspected the reverend was sexually abusing them. The four were beaten in order to get them to admit to sex with the reverend and Seipei was also accused of being an informer. Seipei's body was found in a field with stab wounds to the throat on 6 January 1989. This incident became acause célèbre for the apartheid government. In 1991, she was convicted of kidnapping and being an accessory to assault in connection with the death of Seipei. Her six-year jail sentence was reduced to a fine on appeal. The final report of the South African Truth and Reconciliation commission, issued in 1998, found "Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela politically and morally accountable for the gross violations of human rights committed by the MUFC."
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