I guess it depends on the meaning of the word “apartheid”:
A charity led by Israeli women and employing Israeli technologies has connected 104 villages across Africa to water and electricity.
Innovation Africa, the Israeli organization founded by Sivan Ya’ari, has sought to better the lives of rural villagers in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and elsewhere by mining Israeli technological innovation for solutions that fit the needs of hard-to-reach places across the vast continent.
In places with no electrical power, and thus no means for refrigerating medicine or food, or for turning on the lights in schools, Ya’ari’s organization turned to the solar panels that are a ubiquitous feature of Israeli rooftops. These new sources of power also allow villagers to recharge cellular phones without traveling outside their villages to find a working plug, expanding their access to communications and the Internet. Computers designed to be powered by solar power are being used as educational tools.
Israeli-made locks also help cut down on theft. Israeli drip irrigation systems are dramatically increasing the efficiency of agricultural water use, leading to cheaper and larger crop yields. And a manual pump that can purify water – even sewage – to make it drinkable without the use of electricity is making water safer.
Innovation Africa’s figures suggest its projects have improved living conditions for hundreds of thousands. In Malawi, 23 projects are helping 319,000, according to the group’s website; 360,000 Ugandans are impacted by 56 projects there; and 79,000 are impacted by 13 projects in Tanzania. The organization also runs projects in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Ethiopia.
IA claims it has brought lighting, clean water, food and better medical care to nearly 1 million people since it was established in 2008.
A million people! Wow! Cool! All thanks to the Jewish State.
What has Islam done for Africa in that time?
The 2009 Boko Haram uprising was a conflict between Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group and Nigerian security forces. Violence across several states in northeastern Nigeria left over 1,000 dead, with around 700 killed in the city of Maiduguri alone, according to one military official.
Okay, sure. There’s that. (More on Islamic terrorism in Africa here.)
But what about…
In mid-October 2003, the GPEI launched what was hoped to be the final onslaught against polio, with a plan to immunize more than 15 million children in west and central Africa. The GPEI had particular concerns about the high prevalence of polio in Nigeria, which accounted for 45% of polio cases worldwide and 80% of cases reported from the African region in 2003 . This high prevalence was attributed to poor vaccine coverage during the previous control campaigns. But the GPEI’s hopes were dashed by a boycott of the polio immunization campaign in three states in northern Nigeria, amidst rumours and public distrust.
In northern Nigeria in 2003, the political and religious leaders of Kano, Zamfara, and Kaduna states brought the immunization campaign to a halt by calling on parents not to allow their children to be immunized. These leaders argued that the vaccine could be contaminated with anti-fertility agents (estradiol hormone), HIV, and cancerous agents.
In an article reported by News24.com, a South African online news Web site, Sule Ya’u Sule, speaking for the governor of Kano, is quoted as saying: “Since September 11, the Muslim world is beginning to be suspicious of any move from the Western world…Our people have become really concerned about polio vaccine” . In the same article, Datti Ahmed, a Kano-based physician who heads a prominent Muslim group, the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN), is quoted as saying that polio vaccines were “corrupted and tainted by evildoers from America and their Western allies.” Ahmed went on to say: “We believe that modern-day Hitlers have deliberately adulterated the oral polio vaccines with anti-fertility drugs and…viruses which are known to cause HIV and AIDS”.
Hey, that predates 2008! No fair. Besides, they did eff up the vaccines later:
A recent polio outbreak in Nigeria revealed another potential problem: the vaccine commonly used against it. Last week, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that since 2005, 69 Nigerian children have been paralyzed by a polio virus derived from the oral vaccine. Two other cases made it to Niger.
Such cases are not unknown, but the continuing Nigerian outbreak is the biggest ever, and follows a boycott of the vaccination campaign in Africa’s most populous country because of unfounded fears the vaccine was a Western plot to sterilize Muslims.
“Unfounded” to whom? One may not be technically sterile when crippled by polio, but one is hardly equipped to do the full Osmond.
Oh, and the World Health Organization is a UN agency, by the way. Just sayin’.
I leave it to my African friends to decide which is better for them: Jewish philanthropy or Islamic paranoia. Throw in UN incompetence and indifference while we’re at it.