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    Sense of humour crisis

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Making light of a tough situation is mostly acceptable and, I guess, understandable. Sometimes we need to find the humorous side to uncomfortable or unpleasant situations, and just laugh. Clever satire dealing with conflict or controversial situations can also be interesting and sometimes helpful. And we all need a good laugh.
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    • DrDanByline

    Birth pangs of the COVID-19 vaccine

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Only 21% of Israelis reported that they would agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first round of a vaccine rollout, according to a study recently released by the Israel Democracy Institute.
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    • DavidKlatzow

    The murder of Ashley Kriel

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Forensic investigator David Klatzow, who for three decades campaigned to reopen the investigation into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel in 1987, welcomes the news that the case is being reinvestigated. He gives his opinion.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The danger of casual Nazi/Holocaust comparisons

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Every so often, hackles are raised when those seeking to discredit their political or ideological opponents resort to making factually incorrect and insensitive analogies with Nazism and/or the Holocaust.
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    • DanielleSack

    Matric 2020: the good, the bad, and the blessed

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    As matric starts to draw to a close, I could describe how difficult it was adjusting to writing exams while wearing a mask, or how I had to scream excitedly across a field to my friends at break due to social distancing. I could even complain about online school, how it affected my mental health and my marks, or I could describe that incredible feeling of seeing friends at school for the first time after lockdown.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    When tolerance is intolerable

    Nov 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Monday was International Tolerance Day. It was apparently borne in 1996, when the United Nations General Assembly invited UN member states to observe the day each year on 16 November. The decision followed the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly.
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    • Paula

    Saeb Erekat: leaving unfinished business

    Nov 12, 2020 Go comment!
    Veteran Palestinian negotiator and politician, Saeb Erekat, died on Tuesday at the age of 65, weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
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    • Simmy Zivel

    Challenge to get Biden to focus on Israel, not back off the country

    Nov 12, 2020 1 Comment
    By the time Nelson Mandela became president in 1994, I had been living outside of South Africa for 16 years but recall the overwhelming sense of relief that most South Africans felt as the country finally joined the enlightened world.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Confronting antisemitism in the courts

    Nov 12, 2020 Go comment!
    Last Friday, encouraging progress was made in the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ (SAJBD’s) ongoing fight against online antisemitism when the Randburg Magistrate Court issued an interim protection order against one Jan Lamprecht.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    When social media wishes go wrong

    Nov 12, 2020 3 Comments
    My mother would have been 80 years old this week. Had she lived. It would have been a formidable occasion, which she most likely would have celebrated by hosting an over-the-top birthday party, and inviting all her friends and family.
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    • DavidHirsh

    Corbyn part of long history of antisemitism on the left

    Nov 05, 2020 1 Comment
    The story that led to Jeremy Corbyn being suspended from the British Labour Party for antisemitism started back in 2004. It began with a campaign that was gaining traction within the academic trade unions in Britain to exclude Israelis from the global community of science and scholarship.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Vigilance in dangerous times

    Nov 05, 2020 Go comment!
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD’s) case against Matome Letsoalo finally concluded last Friday with the Randburg Magistrates Court sentencing him to three years imprisonment, suspended for five years subject to not repeating the same offence part during that period.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Fake news starts and stops with us

    Nov 05, 2020 Go comment!
    Sunday in Johannesburg was noteworthy for a number of reasons: the Jacarandas put on a display that was truly remarkable, a massive storm hit Gauteng, and the lights went out for many hours across the city.
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    • TrumpPage6

    The case for Trump in 2020

    Oct 29, 2020 2 Comments
    The imminent American election is top of mind for many of us – and rightly so. The results of any American election have far-reaching consequences in this globalised and interconnected world.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Justice is served

    Oct 29, 2020 Go comment!
    Last Friday, more than two years after posting series of tweets threatening and maligning the Jewish community, Matome Letsoalo was found guilty of crimen injuria in the Randburg Magistrates Court.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Learning about what’s important

    Oct 29, 2020 Go comment!
    I’m not sure if you’re aware of an amazing feature on the website Reddit. It’s called “TIL” shortened for “today I learned”. It has amazing mostly useless facts that people have just become aware of.
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    • Paula

    Israelis make their anger known

    Oct 22, 2020 Go comment!
    For weeks, Israelis have been taking to the streets in increasing numbers demanding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation. They’re angry with the government’s handling of COVID-19 infections and the economic impact of the pandemic. But what’s really at the heart of these protests is political dissatisfaction.
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    • milton shain

    Anti-Zionist left has more in common with far right than it thinks

    Oct 22, 2020 Go comment!
    Hardly a day goes by without a report on the rise of global antisemitism. Opinion surveys, popular discourse, violence against Jews and Jewish institutions, as well as campus turmoil in the United States, Canada, and England demonstrate the resilience and tenacity of what historian Robert Wistrich called “the longest hatred”.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Breakthrough in combating hate online

    Oct 22, 2020 Go comment!
    This week, South African Jewish Board of Deputies National Director Wendy Kahn participated in a World Jewish Congress (WJC) community directors discussion on antisemitism and Holocaust denial online. It was an opportunity to learn more about the WJC’s work in these areas, as well as to give Jewish communal professionals around the world an opportunity to share their own work with a view to learning from each other and working together in the future.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    That damn kittel

    Oct 22, 2020 5 Comments
    My parents were married for 55 years, and fought for most of them. And then, when my mother died three years ago, my father realised there was nothing left worth fighting for.
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