Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

Apartheid in the Holy Land: Theological reflections on the Israel and/or Palestine situation from a South African perspective

Jerry Pillay
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3434 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3434 | © 2016 Jerry Pillay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 April 2016 | Published: 18 November 2016

About the author(s)

Jerry Pillay, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


I first attempt to draw a comparison between the Israel-Palestine conflict and the South African experience of apartheid. Drawing on other established sources and personal experience, I conclude that, while there may be some differences between the two contexts, in essence, the similar experiences of colonialisation and racialisation makes the apartheid comparison compellingly relevant. I then proceed to theologically explore the themes of justice and reconciliation and what it may mean in the context of Israel-Palestine whilst extracting from the South African experience. The article also offers some reflections on the role of the Church in addressing the Israel-Palestine conflict.


South Africa; apartheid; racialization; colonialization; Israel; Palestine; theology; church; justice; reconciliation


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