The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has met the Israeli chief rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar in Jerusalem as it steps up its diplomatic offensive to get Zimbabwe’s right to deal freely with its diamond resources reasserted.
AAG president Supa Mandiwanzira and secretary-general Tafadzwa Musarara met the chief rabbi at his private residence in the holy city of Jerusalem.
The chief rabbi is to the Jewish people what the Pope is to the Roman Catholics.
He is the supreme halakhic and spiritual authority for the Jewish people in Israel.
The AAG leaders refused to disclose how they arranged such a high-level meeting.
“I can confirm that we met the chief rabbi late night on Thursday in Jerusalem and the meeting was special,” Mandiwanzira said.
“He is a man revered by the Jewish people across the world, but has exceptional humility.”
He said the AAG asked the chief rabbi to use his influence and religious authority by talking to countries like the US to stop standing in the way of Zimbabwe trying to exploit its natural resources for the benefit of its people.
At the just-ended Kimberley Process (KP) plenary meetings in Jerusalem, the US with the support of Canada and Australia desperately tried to frustrate Zimbabwe’s right to unconditionally sell its diamonds from Marange, much to the chagrin of African, South American and Asian countries that make up the KP.
“I told the chief rabbi that Zimbabwe was a peaceful country that seeks only friendship and economic cooperation with all countries of the world including the United States, Canada, Australia and members of the European Union.
I asked him to please assist in talking to some of these countries to stop being fixated with our country and work harmoniously with our government,” Mandiwanzira said.
Musarara reiterated Mandiwanzira’s statement adding that the AAG would be grateful if the chief rabbi visited the country to make a first-hand assessment.
He said there was a small but active Jewish community doing wonders in Zimbabwe.
The chief rabbi promised the AAG leadership he would discuss Zimbabwe’s issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu so that the country can be supported in selling its diamonds without hindrances.
“He told us that as the chief rabbi he fell directly under the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister and he would engage the Israeli government to support Zimbabwe as a starting point,” said Mandiwanzira.