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Op-eds

    • ZvikaOpEd

    May the best Benjamin win

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    This coming Tuesday, Israel is heading to the polls for its second election in six months. Here is my abbreviated manual on what to focus on on election night.
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    • ShaunSacks

    Israeli human-rights organisations losing credibility

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Jessica Montell warned about “eroding Israeli democracy” in a lecture she gave at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies recently (see article in SA Jewish Report 30 August). Montell is the former executive director of nongovernmental organisations B’Tselem and SISO (Save Israel Stop the Occupation), now at Hamoked: Centre for the Defence of the Individual.
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    • harry joffe

    Israel sails close to wind with Hezbollah, but gamble pays off

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel and Hezbollah supposedly came within 30 minutes of war last Sunday. In order to understand how they got there and what was different to the status quo, it’s important to understand the rapidly changing strategic landscape.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Achiever Awards a heartening end to a dispiriting week

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Coming as it did at the end of a traumatic week for this country, this year’s Absa Jewish Achiever Awards was a heartening demonstration of how much people across age and gender in our community have managed to accomplish.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A woman named James

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    Earlier this week, Pierce Brosnan, the former 007 star, announced that he believed that the next James Bond should be a woman. His comments were made at a time when femicide and gender-based violence is at its peak in South Africa, and when the #AmINext movement is gaining momentum.
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    • Geoff

    Africa’s tarnished jewel

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa has been forced to examine its identity following the xenophobic attacks on foreigners and the spike in gender-based violence that has rocked the country and bloodied its image to the world.
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    • MarkVStaaden

    Why hate speech and hurtful comments aren’t the same thing

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, among many other forms of bigotry, remain a scourge in society. Decent people have a moral obligation to condemn these forms of expression, and to make at least some effort to combat it. We must, however, be cautious, and reserve state action only for those real instances of hate speech that cause tangible harm.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Hate speech and violence calls for swift action

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals remains a serious problem in South Africa. Over the past decade, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), with the assistance of the Jewish community as a whole, has on a number of occasions involved itself in relief efforts on behalf of victims of such unrest.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    South Africa needs an open day

    Sep 05, 2019 1 Comment
    This past Sunday was the Yeshiva College campus open day. With 3.5 of our five children (thankfully) already through the school system, we are no longer considered to be active in this market.
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    • Geoff

    Memory in a time of violence

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    The looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals by crowds in Johannesburg this week will be among the impressions that visitors to the city take home with them when they leave. Cars were set alight in similar rampages in Pretoria and elsewhere, where foreigners were attacked and their shops looted.
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    • Feinstein1

    Seriti commission’s scrapping shows judges are not above the law

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    The unanimous decision last week by a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court to set aside the report of the Seriti Commission into corruption in the notorious arms deal was a huge victory for accountability.
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    • Geoff

    Is BDS still a four-letter word for SA Jews?

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    What do South African Jews think about criticism of Israel? Traditionally, they have been highly sensitive to criticism. Has this changed? Attitudes have softened, but, it remains a hot topic, even if it involves only a small number of people.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Time to have the courage of our unpopular convictions

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    It wasn’t my idea, although admittedly it resonated strongly with me. I heard it on BBC radio when a listener called in to suggest that dolphins are show-offs. The caller didn’t explain why, but I can see why he thought so. What with their multilingual ability to communicate with each other, their ridiculously fine-tuned hearing, and the constant and irritatingly happy smiles, it’s as if they have some information we couldn’t even begin to imagine.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Any visit to the Constitutional Court is a stirring experience

    Aug 29, 2019 Go comment!
    Once used as a prison for political activists among them Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, today it serves as an important vehicle for safeguarding the fundamental human rights and freedoms on which our post-apartheid society is founded.
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    • ZenKrengel2

    Forget the hole – what about the doughnut?

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    Those inclined to take a pessimistic view of the South African Jewish community and its long-term future would have done themselves a favour by attending last weekend’s Limmud in Johannesburg.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Jewish leaders engage with government

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    This week, a delegation comprising representatives of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) met Minister Naledi Pandor at the offices of the department of international relations and cooperation. They discussed peace building initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians, and the meeting was cordial and constructive.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    It’s hard to be optimistic, but it’s much more fun

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    I know I’m harping on about this, but it’s that important. Our negativity is killing us. We need to change the narrative before someone gets hurt. It’s worth noting that it’s not just the Jewish community which appears to be in a perpetual state of angst, but pretty much most of the country. There is finally acknowledgment that we are collectively very, very sad.
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    • EdwinShuker

    Fleeing anti-Semitism in Iraq, only to encounter it in the UK

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    My family and I managed to escape from Iraq and the hell of Saddam Hussein 48 years ago to the day on 15 August 1971.
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    • JTAOpEdHamas1

    Missing Israeli soldiers an international outrage

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    (JTA) This week marks five years since an Israeli soldier, lieutenant Hadar Goldin, was killed by Hamas in the midst of a ceasefire during Operation Protective Edge.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Welcome to our American visitors

    Aug 15, 2019 Go comment!
    We had hardly had a chance to catch our breath after the whirlwind visit of our Women Wage Peace guests from Israel when it was time for us to welcome another prestigious delegation to South Africa, this time from the American Jewish Committee (AJC). One of the world’s most effective Jewish advocacy organisations, the AJC has a long and proud history of building relationships with different religious and ethnic communities, and world leaders.
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