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    At a moment’s notice, they fly out to do a task from hell

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    They work tirelessly all day under the harsh rays of a blazing sun, the stench of death and destruction around them. They are a team of Jewish heroes who are working around the clock with one mission: the recovery of human bodies.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

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    (JTA) Norwegian rapper not charged with hate speech A Norwegian rapper who cursed Jews while performing at an event in Oslo promoting multiculturalism will not be charged with hate speech, because his words may have been criticism of Israel, prosecutors said.
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    • DannyK

    Danny K says he called out racism because he is Jewish

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    Jewish South African singer Danny Koppel, better known as Danny K, tweeted to his 44 500 followers that South Africans should stand up against racism – and received a vicious backlash in response.
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    • Dudu

    BDS board member compares Israel with Nazis

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    A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) board member has compared Israelis to Nazis, and demonised Israeli soldiers by portraying them as calculated mass murderers and child killers.
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    Ramaphosa flip-flops in pre-election dance over Israel

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    As elections draw near, President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught between a rock and a hard place as far as downgrading the South African Embassy in Israel is concerned, and is pandering for approval depending on his audience, according to experts.
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    • GrantGochinUSE

    Lithuania: Jewish history on trial

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    “This is the Holocaust trial of the 21st century,” says Grant Gochin, an ex-South African who has taken the Lithuanian government to court.
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    • Peta low

    Human rights are human rights, however you look at them

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    We are winging our way towards Human Rights Day (21 March), the first public holiday of the year, which coincides with Purim. I can’t help but wonder about our concept of human rights and what it means, not least of all, to our government.
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    • Paula

    The horror of anti-Semitism in France

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    Weighted down by a bulletproof jacket, I’m standing in front of the iconic French monument, the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris. To my right are the French gendarmerie with their shields raised and gas canisters ready. To my left are furious protestors hurling abuse. I don’t notice it today, but previous demonstrations had protestors brandishing posters declaring that French President Emmanuel Macron is “the Jews’ bitch”, “Jewish trash”, “Macron = Zion”, and that he is guilty of “colluding with the Jews”.
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    Why pick on Israel?

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    President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed in parliament last week that South Africa intended to downgrade its diplomatic presence in Israel. The foreign affairs bureaucracy was working “feverishly” on the matter. “The decision to downgrade the embassy in Israel is informed precisely by the violation of the rights of Palestinians and we are therefore putting pressure on Israel. But at the same time, we are saying we are willing to play a role and ensure there is peace,” said Ramaphosa.
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    IEC agrees to extended voting hours for SA Jews abroad

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    South African Jews living overseas who have registered to vote in the upcoming South African elections were told the only day they can do this is on 27 April. However, this is a Saturday and falls on both Shabbat and the last day of Pesach, so the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) met with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to make arrangements to accommodate this.
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    SA’s contrasting stance towards Iran and Israel

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    While diplomatic ties with Israel wither, South Africa’s friendship with Iran is blossoming. Last Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa told parliament that the government was “working feverishly” to implement the ANC’s decision to downgrade the embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Happy intersectional Purim

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    One of the questions that haunts the story of Purim and moves silently through the lines of the Megillah is clear and chillingly simple: How could Jews have chosen to remain in Persian Shushan? It was so clearly an environment in which anti-Semitism was so prevalent that a genocide could be planned and almost implemented without comment by broader society.
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    • RabbiKagan

    What it took for Esther to find her courage

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    An attentive listener to the Megillah reading on Purim may notice a transformation in the character of Esther, for whom the story is named. She emerges from her protective palatial cocoon, where her natural beauty won the eyes of the Persian king, to become a powerful and courageous queen.
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    • Jewish-Islam

    History shows many versions of the Purim story

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    Purim is a unique festival during which we celebrate the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish community of Shushan from the designs of the grand vizier of Persia, Haman. Or is it?
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    No more Mr Nice Guy: Mordechai’s intervention in the narrative of Esther

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    There is a beautiful idea in Judaism, that G-d looked into the Torah and created the world. Although it is unlikely that G-d literally peered into a hand-written Torah scroll to create the world, this mystical teaching about the origins of our universe conveys a profound truth. We are not, as some would have us believe, random atoms, hurtling into an abyss of uncertainty.
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    • JewsandBooze

    Jews and alcohol – and the close bond between them

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    Think of a Prohibition era bootlegger and you probably imagine an Italian accent, bespoke suit and Tommy gun. But you would be just as correct to replace that image with a Yiddish accent, long black coat and dangling payot.
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    It's Purim – let’s eat!

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    South Africans enjoy yeast dough Hamantaschen. Well, I definitely prefer them to the biscuit version. Their soft, delicious, bread-like texture makes them mouth-wateringly tempting. With all the wonderful fillings you get these days, it’s no wonder they just get more and more popular. Dulce de leche, jam, mohn (poppy seed), cheese, cinnamon and raisins, cranberries and apples, peanut butter, chocolate and halva, and my latest version; pear, ginger and caramel. Of course, being the butcher’s wife, a savoury Hamantaschen goes down well in our home. So here’s what I’m making to go with my leek and potato soup on Purim.
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    Remembering Operation Moses, 30 years on

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    “My father may live in Jerusalem, but his heart and mind are still in Ethiopia,” says Danny Adeno Abebe, who was a child when he and his family were airlifted to Israel in 1984.
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    • mark reiss

    Why investing in Israel is worthwhile

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    “There is no better way to combat Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) than by engaging with and investing in Israel’s economy – not on ideological or Zionistic grounds, but on economic grounds.”
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    • PURIMSimonApfel

    Seymour Spitz: Our forgotten toothbrush titan

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    You tear through the psychedelic packaging and, in a state of reverence, take it gently by the rubber grip, feeling the control. You marvel at the sleek design, running your thumb over the bristles.
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