Annie, I’m sorry if my story makes you feel uncomfortable. If you can find facts that contradict any of what I’ve presented, please share them.
Yes, I paid to access the behind-firewall Newsday reports I mentioned from February/March 1990.
Here is a precise quote from “African Summit Rallies to Mandela” by Les Payne (Newsday, March 1, 1990):
Most of the discussions held to regional concerns African states are facing in a rapidly changing world. However, one diversion arose Tuesday when, during a news conference, Mandela was asked if he was “frightened” that his statement comparing his fight with that of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat would “alienate the powerful Jewish community in South Africa.”
“If the truth alienates the Jewish community in South Africa, too bad,” Mandela said. “I sincerely believe that there are many similarities between our situation and that of the PLO.”
He also said, “We live under a unique form of colonialism in South Africa, as well as in Israel and a lot flows from that fact.”
Asked about Mandela’s remark, Arafat said, “We are in the same trench, struggling against the same enemies, against apartheid, racism, colonialism and neocolonialism.”
So far as I know, this is the first place that the “same trench…apartheid” quote appeared, and this indicates that it was Arafat’s quote, not Mandela’s.