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    • Paula

    Former ISIS members and families – an international headache

    Aug 22, 2019 Go comment!
    The name Jihadi Jack was splashed across British newspapers this week as the story of 24-year-old Jack Letts was again brought to the public’s attention.
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    • Paula

    Any wonder why Israel doesn’t buy into UN investigations?

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    Did Israeli soldiers violate international law by deliberately targeting unarmed children, journalists, health workers, and people with disabilities during the past year of violence along the Israel-Gaza border?
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    Who is sticking their nose into Israeli politics?

    Feb 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Do Jewish lobby groups outside of Israel have the right to influence Israeli politics? This is one of many debates currently taking place in the country, following criticism by two leading American Jewish groups, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
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    • Paula

    How to show that terror doesn’t pay

    Feb 21, 2019 Go comment!
    How to fight terrorism while at the same time not encourage it is a challenge Israel continues to grapple with. Last Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he was enacting the so-called “terrorist salaries law” for the first time. It allows Jerusalem to deduct from the monthly taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) those monies it claims go towards terrorism.
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    • Paula

    True relevance of the anniversary of the Islamic revolution

    Feb 14, 2019 Go comment!
    This week, 40 years ago, Iran’s military stood down, guaranteeing the Islamic Revolution’s success.
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    • Paula

    Interesting friends of Israel and Trump

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    I am in Buenos Aires to report on the G20 world leaders summit. It has been a diplomatic test for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. It was his first international gathering after a damning Central Intelligence Agency report blamed him for ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
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    • Paula

    Golan Heights rises from international backburner

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    For months now, all eyes have been on southern Israel and Gaza. Less attention has been focused on what’s happening in the north of Israel, and more specifically along the Golan Heights.
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    • Paula

    Netanyahu fighting to maintain coalition government

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    For most of this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to get his coalition partners to agree to early elections. These would have helped him capitalise on his Likud party – and particularly his own – strong showing in the polls.
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    • Paula

    The toll of the Gaza rockets

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Late on Tuesday, a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect. While at the time of writing the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had still not confirmed the existence of such a truce, Israeli citizens living in the south of the country were told they could return home and to “normalcy”.
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    • Paula

    What do the sanctions against Iran mean for Israel?

    Nov 08, 2018 Go comment!
    On Monday, a second phase of American sanctions went into effect targeting critical sectors of Iran’s economy, including its oil exports, shipping sector, and financial institutions.
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    • Paula

    Is a war with Gaza really imminent?

    Nov 01, 2018 Go comment!
    If you watch foreign news reports, you’ll be forgiven for thinking war between Israel and Hamas is imminent. Each Friday, the sides brace for the inevitable violence to ensue. Last Friday was no exception.
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    • Paula

    Khashoggi’s murder and its impact on Saudi-Israel ties

    Oct 25, 2018 Go comment!
    The story of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi changes by the day. But by all accounts, it seems the 59-year-old Saudi journalist, who was once a powerful insider in his home country, was tortured, beheaded, dismembered, and his body disposed of. This happened after he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to pick up papers.
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    • Paula

    Netanyahu evading snap Israeli elections

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    On Monday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Knesset (Israeli parliament) for 40 minutes after its summer recess. He spoke about a lot of things - mostly his government’s diplomatic, security, and economic accomplishments - but ignored the elephant in the room.
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    • Paula

    Russian tightrope between Israel and Iran in Syria

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    If there is something surprising about the downing of a Russian military aircraft a little over three weeks ago in Syria, it is that it didn’t happen sooner.
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    • Paula

    Thirteen years after the Gaza evacuation, what has changed?

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    It nearly tore Israeli society apart, while for me, it remains one of the most distressing stories I’ve ever reported. This week, thirteen years ago, Israel completed its unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four northern West Bank settlements.
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    • Paula

    The humanitarian cost of throttling funds for refugees

    Sep 06, 2018 1 Comment
    A few years ago, while visiting a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, I asked a 17-year-old boy where he came from. I was taken aback by his reply. Although he’d never set foot out of Lebanon, he told me he came from Haifa. I asked him again, and again he insisted, “my home is in Haifa”. He’d never seen Haifa, nor that home.
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    • Paula

    Time for Netanyahu to stop fence sitting on the Wall

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    After years of political wrangling and negotiations, a plan to expand an area at the Western Wall that would allow for men and women to pray together was announced this week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.
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    • Paula

    The danger Corbyn raises for British Jews

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    Britain may soon elect a racist and an anti-Semite as its prime minister. According to opinion polls, Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the Labour Party – long considered a natural home for British Jews – stands a good chance of being the next British head of state.
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    • Paula

    Living in anticipation of that deadly siren

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    There is no more than 15 seconds from the moment a warning siren sounds until a rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel. Fifteen seconds is not a long time to stop whatever it is you’re doing, and get yourself – and your family – into a bomb shelter or reinforced room in your home. Sometimes it’s only long enough to throw yourself on the ground.
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    • Paula

    The law that devastated Israel’s minorities

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    Attending Limmud last weekend, I was asked repeatedly what I think of the recently passed Nation-State law. Nearly everyone who approached me confessed to not really understanding it, and I was quick to proffer that neither did most Israelis.
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    Tamimi’s imprisonment a slap in the face for Israel

    Aug 02, 2018 1 Comment
    Seventeen-year-old Ahed Tamimi has become the poster child of the anti-occupation movement. She has been compared, among others, to Anne Frank, one of the most well-known victims of the Holocaust and Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian Jewish paratrooper captured and killed by the Nazis.
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    • Paula

    Déjà vu to the last Gaza war… and then it stopped

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    Last Friday night, it looked as if another Gaza war was upon us. Israel launched a massive airstrike, hitting more than 60 Hamas targets, including three battalion headquarters. Four Palestinians – of which Hamas acknowledged three as its fighters – were killed.
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    • Paula

    How kite flying turned into all-out warfare

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    It was less than three years ago that a wave of stabbings engulfed the streets of Israel – particularly Jerusalem and the West Bank – prompting many to refer to the flare-up in violence as a “knife intifada”. Now, it looks like a “kite intifada” is on the cards.
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    • Paula

    Who will score the winning goal in soccer diplomacy?

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Russia, this week, is the most popular place on earth. The semi-final England-Croatia game of the FIFA World Cup coincided with Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bringing with it the promise of “soccer diplomacy” in which everyone expects to score a goal.
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    • Paula

    Sara Netanyahu circus represents Teflon leadership

    Jul 05, 2018 Go comment!
    I have never met Sara Netanyahu, the wife of incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I have never interviewed her, nor been in the same room as her.
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    • Paula

    From media freedom messenger to headline news

    Jun 28, 2018 Go comment!
    Instead of speaking at a conference on media freedom in the Ukraine this week, I and a Russian journalist were summarily kicked out of the country as we entered, thereby moving from behind-the-scenes to making the media headlines.
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    • Paula

    What is the impact of the US pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council?

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    This week, the United States quit the United Nation’s primary human rights body, the Human Rights Council (HRC). It is the Trump administration’s latest snub of the international community, and the first time since the HRC was established 12 years ago that a serving member has dropped out voluntarily.
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    • Paula

    The battle over trying to contain Iran

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    When American President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, his political base was delighted; as were the leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia.
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    Israel’s diplomacy with Russia reaps benefits in Syria

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    Media reports suggest that Iranian forces, assisted by Hezbollah and Shia militias, are to withdraw from the areas they currently occupy near the Golan Heights in southern Syria.
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    David and Goliath reversed in the Middle East

    May 31, 2018 Go comment!
    The biblical story of David and Goliath is often used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – except that the main characters have, over the years, irrevocably changed sides.
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    The argument over Israel’s right to defend its borders

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva voted to establish a Commission of Inquiry in order to examine possible war crimes committed by Israel during recent confrontations on the Gaza border. America and Australia were the only two countries to vote against the resolution. Washington said it was one-sided and failed to hold Hamas responsible, echoing Israel’s position.
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    Splitscreen: Gaza border violence and US embassy opening

    May 17, 2018 2 Comments
    The disconnect between what was happening inside the new American embassy – as it was being inaugurated on Monday afternoon in Jerusalem – and the scenes playing outside its walls, could not have been greater.
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    Does Hezbollah equal Lebanon?

    May 10, 2018 Go comment!
    Not so long ago, I was in the Kazakh capital of Astana for a conference and found myself seated next to the Lebanese ambassador to that country. He told me he’d been there for eight years and counting, uncertain of when, if ever, he’d be sent back home.
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    Is the bromance between Trump and Netanyahu coming to an end?

    Apr 26, 2018 Go comment!
    US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, are expected in Israel for the moving and opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in a few weeks’ time.
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    • paula_slier

    The repercussion of America bombarding Syria?

    Apr 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Last Saturday morning, the world woke up to news that America had bombed Syria. For a few hours, we were all reporting around-the-clock with the inevitable question: Would Russia respond?
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    Flip-flopping over asylum seekers’ lives

    Apr 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Within hours of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a deal with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on April 2 not to send 40 000 African asylum seekers to Africa, he froze the agreement. By the next day, he cancelled it.
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    Who will win the online propaganda war?

    Apr 04, 2018 Go comment!
    It’s hard to imagine a conflict today without a social media element. Last Friday’s rioting along the Israel-Gaza border lasted only a few hours and left 18 Palestinians dead and many hundreds wounded – but a much more lengthy battle continues to rage online. Israelis and Palestinians are sparring over what caused the bloodshed in the first place, and each side is uploading videos to support its version of events.
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    Is there much love lost between Israel and Egypt today?

    Mar 29, 2018 Go comment!
    During this time of year, I am reminded of Pesach 2011, when I was in Cairo covering the Arab Spring. After three decades in power, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had just resigned and there was a joke going around that the then president of Israel, Shimon Peres, had invited him for Pesach Seder so that together they could celebrate their exodus from Egypt.
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    Rising violence on the streets of Israel

    Mar 22, 2018 Go comment!
    So much attention has been focused in recent months on Israel’s security concerns across its borders, one could be forgiven for not noticing the steady climb in tensions on the country’s own streets.
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    Israel to amp up its side in the cyber war

    Mar 15, 2018 Go comment!
    During one of my assignments with pro-Russian fighters in eastern Ukraine, I found myself in the direct firing line of the Ukrainian military. Wearing a helmet and bulletproof jacket with the word “Press” emblazoned across both, I assumed I had some level of protection.
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    Israeli women battle for their rights

    Mar 08, 2018 Go comment!
    The once sleepy, largely secular city, Beit Shemesh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, has become the premier battleground between ultra-Orthodox, secular and modern Orthodox Jews. At the forefront are its women.
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    Closing the church in protest has caused much frustration

    Mar 01, 2018 Go comment!
    It was a strange sight. For a few days this week, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City – built on the spot where Christians believe Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected – was closed.
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    • paula_slier

    Can Netanyahu become the longest-serving Israeli leader?

    Feb 22, 2018 1 Comment
    The next Israeli parliamentary elections must be held by November 5 2019. If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can remain in office until then, he will be Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, overtaking the state’s founder David Ben-Gurion. The question is: Can he?
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    The might of Russia in the Middle East

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    When countries cannot talk to each other, they send messages through actions. This was the case on Saturday.
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    Can BDS be stopped through the law?

    Feb 08, 2018 1 Comment
    Calls for boycotts against Israel are nothing new, and in recent years the BDS movement has gained traction internationally. But ask the average Israeli what s/he thinks, and they’re neither fazed nor worried about it. It’s a different type of anti-Semitism, most tell me, adding that it doesn’t matter what Israel does or doesn’t do, the international community will try to line up against her.
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    Is covering Sara Netanyahu’s histrionics good journalism?

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    The Israeli media loves to hate Sara Netanyahu, wife of the incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This week, a leaked audio recording of her yelling and scolding a family publicist over a gossip column, published nine years ago, only served to increase that dislike.
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    The Turkish-US-Kurdish conundrum

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    This past week, Turkish tanks rolled across the border and entered northern Syria. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been threatening to do this for a while. Now that he has, the US finds itself in a bit of a fix.
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    The real impact of Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    Last Friday was the first time in weeks that I wasn’t running away from teargas or taking cover behind a brick wall.
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    The Russians trumping the Middle East game of chess

    Dec 07, 2017 1 Comment
    If politics is a game of chess and the board is the Middle East, then Russian president Vladimir Putin has undoubtedly checkmated his opponents - none of whom is as important to him as the United States.
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    Netanyahu’s growing alarm as terror attacks inch towards Israel

    Nov 30, 2017 Go comment!
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to send a letter of condolence to the Egyptian government after a deadly attack in a crowded mosque in Northern Sinai last Friday. More than 300 people were killed and 120 injured after several gunmen, some masked, entered the mosque during Friday prayers and started firing. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history.
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    Russia and Iran - uncomfortable bedfellows in Syria

    Nov 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The future of Syria is anyone’s guess, but increasingly the odds are that Israel’s northern neighbour will evolve into either a Russian- or Iranian-controlled country. That is, with Syrian President Bashar Assad now controlling nearly two-thirds of his country, thanks to Russian and Iranian assistance.
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    The mysterious politics of Lebanon and its impact on Israel

    Nov 16, 2017 Go comment!
    The last time I interviewed Saad Hariri, prime minister of Lebanon, his hand was covered in bandages. It was 2006 and his friend, and political ally, Pierre Gemayel, had just been assassinated. Gemayel, from one of Lebanon’s most prominent Christian families, was an outspoken critic of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah. Hariri had been so angry, he’d punched a wall.
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    A moral, legal and human obligation to bring her soldiers home

    Nov 09, 2017 Go comment!
    It was deadly quiet at the Tel Nof air force base, southeast of Tel Aviv. A few seconds earlier the media tent had been abuzz with loudspeakers and journalists chattering into their phones. But now all eyes were turned on a huge white screen as the first grainy images of an Israeli soldier some had feared was dead, flickered to life.
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    Is it just a swing to the right or something very sinister for us?

    Nov 02, 2017 Go comment!
    This week coalition talks between the Austrian conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party, began in earnest. The Freedom Party’s first leader was a former SS officer and its current leader was arrested almost three decades ago at a torch-lit march with a group modelling itself on the Hitler Youth.
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    The gamble that was destined to fail…

    Oct 26, 2017 Go comment!
    It was always going to be a gamble. And now, after three years of risking their lives as “the foot soldiers in the war against Islamic State”, the Kurds have gambled and lost.
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    If there were elections in the Palestinian territories

    Oct 19, 2017 Go comment!
    This is not what the polls reflect, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that if elections were to be held today in the Palestinian territories, opposing sides would come in. This means that in the West Bank where Fatah is currently in control, rival Palestinian faction, Hamas, would be voted into power; and in Gaza where Hamas rules, Fatah would win.
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    The battle between those who will or won’t serve in the army

    Sep 28, 2017 1 Comment
    Zahava Alon is an Israeli mother. She doesn’t stand out from the hundreds of other Jewish Israeli mothers I’ve interviewed over the years, except that she’s perhaps more angry than most. This propelled her to become active in the “Share the Burden” forum, a rallying call for all Jewish citizens of Israel, regardless of their background, to serve in the Israel Defence Forces.
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    The migrant crisis - another baffling headache for Israel

    Sep 14, 2017 Go comment!
    ​Europe’s migrant crisis is far from over. The United Nations is warning that only 10 per cent of those currently on the move from Africa, Asia and the Middle East have reached the continent - eight to 10 million are still on their way. A very small number appear to be genuine refugees, fleeing warzones.
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    A menacing reminder of what led to war in 2006

    Sep 07, 2017 Go comment!
    A young Hezbollah fighter once told me something I’ve never forgotten. “We missed out on being able to fight Israel like our parents and grandparents, but now with the war in Syria, we are learning as much as we can and when the war there is over, we will turn our attention back to Israel - better trained and more experienced,” he said.
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    Netanyahu’s crown is toppling

    Aug 31, 2017 Go comment!
    Every Saturday night for the past 40 weeks, the crowds have been growing in front of the home of the Israeli attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, demanding the dismissal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    Barcelona IS attacks: Signs have been there a long time

    Aug 24, 2017 Go comment!
    For those who knew where to look, the warning signs of last week’s Barcelona attacks were there. Two years ago, maps appeared in Spanish tabloids showing Spain and Portugal in black, indicating territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS) jihadi terror group, with the threat: “We will take Spain back - by 2020”.
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    The impact of closing Al Jazeera to democracy

    Aug 10, 2017 Go comment!
    When the Doha-based Al Jazeera network first launched in 1996, it shook up the media landscape in the Middle East. Not only did it air criticisms against governments and regimes in the region, it was also the first Arabic channel to host Israeli politicians and commentators on air. No surprise then that it was seen by many Arab audiences as a channel created by Israelis to push their agenda.
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    Which measures will work as deterrents to terrorism?

    Aug 03, 2017 Go comment!
    The death penalty has only been carried out once in Israel, in 1962, against Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Final Solution. And while Israel has capital punishment on its books, murderers, even those with multiple life sentences, often find themselves languishing in jail for years.
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    With each flare-up, hope of peace diminishes

    Jul 27, 2017 Go comment!
    It has been days and nights of violent clashes in Jerusalem and across the West Bank. And it follows a clear pattern.
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    What happens now with Temple Mount?

    Jul 20, 2017 Go comment!
    I have covered wars and had rockets explode behind me during live reports, and yet it wasn’t so long ago that I was uneasy just walking down a street in Jerusalem. There was a feeling of anxiety; not knowing who to trust and where to feel safe.
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    Hebron - microcosm of conflict and distrust

    Jul 13, 2017 Go comment!
    The first time I visited Hebron it was late at night and tempers were flaring. A group of Jewish settlers had barricaded themselves inside Palestinian shops and were refusing to move.
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    The dangerous game played with Syria

    Jul 06, 2017 Go comment!
    In the last week, the north-eastern part of Israel has come that little bit closer to the war in Syria. Cross-border missile fire and mortar bombs are now landing with increasing frequency in the Israeli part of the Golan Heights.
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    Israel is becoming energy independent

    Jun 29, 2017 Go comment!
    There is a joke that asks why didn’t Moses go right to the oil fields instead of left to the olive groves. The answer is that being a man, he refused to ask for directions. This could explain why some 60 per cent of the world’s oil reserves are found in the Middle East, but none of them exist in Israel.
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    So much more than just paying electrical bills

    Jun 22, 2017 1 Comment
    I have a colleague who lives in Gaza. We’ve worked together for 12 years, but never met. He’s 32 years old and because of his age, considered a possible security threat by the Israeli authorities.
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    The volatile playground of the Middle East

    Jun 15, 2017 Go comment!
    In a simple worldview, Israel is seen as the enemy by all those Arab countries with whom she has not signed peace treaties.
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    Israel’s image in the world media

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    It’s often said that Israel won the Six Day War but lost the media battle. The defenceless David had defeated Goliath but also the sympathy of the world. From 1967 onwards, images of Israeli tanks and heavily armed IDF soldiers confronting stone-throwing Palestinians, would crowd their way into peoples' consciousness - and destroy any feelings of pity or empathy for the Jewish State.
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    Healthcare builds Israeli-Arab bridges

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    The Israeli healthcare system is a model of Jewish-Arab co-existence. This is evident in “Heroes of Health”, a report written by Tali Rosner for the Israel Religious Action Centre and the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism.
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    The hunger strike is over - but what was the damage

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    As if Israel doesn’t have enough problems, here’s another one to add to the list. What to do when more than 1 000 Palestinian prisoners inside your jails go on hunger strike - which they did some 40 days ago in a nationwide protest over conditions behind Israeli bars.
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    Donald Trump on his whistle-stop visit

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    He came, he saw, he left. American President Donald Trump’s whirlwind visit to Israel and Bethlehem lasted just 27 hours - but Israelis and Palestinians will no doubt dissect its significance for weeks to come.
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    Fighting to preserve a victory

    May 18, 2017 Go comment!
    It was 30 degrees in the shade and there sitting on a bench along the Bat Yam beachfront, south of Tel Aviv, was an old man with a brown suit jacket plastered in Russian Second World War medals - the shiny bronzes and silvers pinned to his chest in tight rows.
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    Both Israelis and Palestinians have justice on their side

    May 04, 2017 Go comment!
    A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Benjamin Pogrund, former deputy-editor of the Rand Daily Mail. His newspaper was the only one catering to white readers in South Africa during apartheid and reporting on events that affected the country’s black population.
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    Haley: I’ll never abstain from anti-Israel resolutions

    Jan 22, 2017 6 Comments
    SEE THE VIDEO: US President Donald Trump’s nominee for his United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, pictured, delivered her opening statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at her confirmation hearing last Wednesday. Haley vowed that, should her nomination be approved, she would for her to become UN Ambassador, she would never abstain from – and hence neglect to use not use her veto power in the Security Council – regarding any anti-Israel resolutions.
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    Shul and mosque join to sponsor refugee family

    Jan 12, 2017 1 Comment
    In Thornhill, Toronto, a shul and a neighbouring mosque share a parking lot. Now, they also share a family. Temple Har Zion and Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre teamed up last March to raise half a million rand to help bring a refugee family from Syria to Canada and assist them in settling. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, their eight charges arrived. (File picture.)
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    Bibi invited to Trump’s inauguration, meeting

    Jan 03, 2017 Go comment!
    Trump and Netanyahu are “talking all the time and Netanyahu is talking about possibly going to the inauguration. There’s (also) a plan for Trump to meet with Netanyahu” a source close to Trump’s transition team told the New York Post.
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    John Kerry blames Israel’s ‘pernicious’ settlements

    Dec 29, 2016 Go comment!
    SEE FULL SPEECH – Kerry points most of the finger at Israel as he lays out his six principles for a Mideast peace
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    New Israel envoy shakes up US Jewish views

    Dec 22, 2016 Go comment!
    Read much more on the US Embassy move – will it or won’t it move? Apart from this piece, there are links to all other related JR Online offers. Readers can also follow a host of optional views – and comment on them too.
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    Iran's bloody nose in own backyard from Israel

    Dec 21, 2016 Go comment!
    Largely eclipsed in the Israeli media by sexual harassment scandals, the Knesset dress code and the impending evacuation of the Amona outpost in the West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu’s state visit last week to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan nonetheless represents a diplomatic coup against Iran. It also underlines Israel’s ability in recent years to punch holes in the former taboo in the Muslim world on openly embracing the Jewish state, experts on the relevant countries said.
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    Developments at ICC could affect Israel

    Dec 20, 2016 Go comment!
    At a round table discussion sponsored by NGO Monitor and the Department of Political Studies and the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University held yesterday, December 19, a panel of experts discussed concerns about the future of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the potential impact for Israel following recent developments.
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    The world remains silent on Aleppo...

    Dec 18, 2016 Go comment!
    Israeli expat, fiery Zionist and blogger Rolene Marks says “The streets of Paris are silent.” So, too, she points out in “London, Rome, New York, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and countless cities around the world.” Nobody has shown up en masse to protest the genocide in Syria. The streets are devoid of people and indignation.
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    They're popping up like mushrooms in Johannesburg

    Nov 01, 2016 5 Comments
    Johannesburg is starting to bloom with billboards which have been sponsored by the many friends of Israel in South Africa, not all Jewish or Israeli.
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    Unesco vote sees PA bid for attention backfire

    Oct 27, 2016 1 Comment
    If the latest draft resolution at Unesco on “Occupied Palestine” succeeded in the Palestinians' aims to reclaim the world's attention, then it was a Pyrrhic victory at best and a setback at worst. Part of an effort on Jerusalem initiated at Unesco in 2015 by the Palestinian Authority, the October 12 vote saw a comfortable majority of states, including Russia and China, pass language calling on Israel "to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City”, as one clause reads.
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    HJS Paper: Egypt, Hamas and ISIS's Sinai Province

    Oct 19, 2016 1 Comment
    A new policy paper (SEE PDF) from the authoritative US-based think-tank, The Henry Jackson Society’s “Centre for the new Middle East” published this week says that anti-ISIS coalitions have to rethink their strategies. Evidence suggests that ISIS’s Sinai Province is collaborating with Hamas, whose members are known to cross into the Sinai for training purposes. Senior ISIS Sinai leaders travel to Gaza, and ISIS fighters are believed to have been taken to Gaza for medical assistance.
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    Unesco vote goes south for Jews, Christians

    Oct 19, 2016 2 Comments
    Unesco’s executive board on Tuesday approved a resolution that denies the deep historic Jewish and Christian connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
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    Zuma urges UN reform on Palestinian problem

    Sep 29, 2016 5 Comments
    Zuma began his UN address by recognising the anniversaries of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings, and the 1976 Soweto Uprising, as important milestones on South Africa’s journey to democracy.
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    Times a-changing - for the better for Israel

    Sep 29, 2016 Go comment!
    LISTEN TO THE SPEECH from UN TV with Hebrew subtitles (pictured) - In his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the audience that their governments at home were changing their views of Israel. He said he welcomed “the spirit of the Arab Peace Initiative,” a nod to Saudi Arabia which initiated the peace proposal that has not yet been accepted by Israel.
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    Bibi & Barack part amiably as US-Israel relations thaw

    Sep 28, 2016 1 Comment
    When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most important thing they said was "see you soon".
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    Jews & Joburg vow to remove trees

    Sep 09, 2016 3 Comments
    JEWS SEE RED OVER CHEEKY PALESTINIAN FOREST PLANTING - BDS-SA issued a scathing indictment of Joburg City Parks for refusing to allow affiliate SAJFP event at Weinberg Family Park in the heart of the city's Jewry - blaming Councillor Steven Kruger. BDS then took the gap created by the changing management of Council and City Parks staffers dug the holes and planted ratepayer funded trees. Not for long insists the City and hundreds of objectors...
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    Looking for a measure of Palestinian unity - in SA

    Jul 27, 2016 4 Comments
    The Israeli Embassy in South Africa would not comment on a week-long dialogue which is being held in the Western Cape by Palestinians from different political parties and persuasions to discuss their differences and how to achieve a common political vision following failed negotiations with Israel.
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    Many Christians will do anything for Israel

    Jul 18, 2016 3 Comments
    SAFI and the Zionist Federation will host highly sought-after speaker, Jan Willem van der Hoeven next week, See the video to get an insight into why he has had the ears of Israeli prime ministers for 40 years and why, he says, so many Christians will do anything for Israel. Inspirational speaker Van der Hoeven is the director of the International Christian Zionist Centre (ICZC) in Jerusalem.
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    Rivlin sends note to Hollande after attack

    Jul 15, 2016 1 Comment
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Friday) sent a letter of condolence to President Francois Hollande of France following the mass casualty terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday night. "It is with pain and sorrow that I must once again write and express my deepest condolences, and those of all the Israeli people, following the horrific terror attack in Nice,” wrote Rivlin
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    Hawks thwart plan to attack Jewish institutions

    Jul 14, 2016 1 Comment
    Twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, 23, were arrested last Saturday at their Newclare home in Johannesburg for planning to blow up a US diplomatic mission and Jewish institutions in South Africa. The police’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) is aware of the institutions involved but would not give further details at this stage.
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    Does Israeli-Palestinian peace pass through Paris?

    Jun 08, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week Friday the French government hosted a three-hour meeting of senior representatives for almost 30 countries and organisations in Paris to try to kick-start peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, stalled since April 2014.
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    Abbas updates Zuma at Tuynhuys talks

    Jun 04, 2016 1 Comment
    Ties between the South African government and Palestine have been strengthened following a meeting by President Jacob Zuma and his counterpart‚ Mahmoud Abbas. This, according to a statement issued by the Presidency after Zuma hosted Abbas at his official Cape Town residence, Tuynhuys, last week. Abbas is pictured, left, speaking at a UN-sponsored conference in Turkey the day prior to his arrival in SA.
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    Presidents Abbas & Zuma meet on Mideast

    May 25, 2016 1 Comment
    It has been a busy week for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who was in South Africa on Wednesday to meet with President Jacob Zuma.
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    Ramallah statue - what was real cost ratepayers

    May 09, 2016 Go comment!
    The ratepayers of Johannesburg have donated a six-metre-tall, R6 million statue of the late President Nelson Mandela to the Palestinian people. All the while, the city’s long-suffering ratepayers, who battle to get roads tarred, traffic lights to work or potholes fixed, are regularly told there is “no budget for it”.
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    Secret mission nets 500-year-old Torah

    Mar 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Some of the last remaining Jews in war-torn Yemen have been brought to Israel in a secret mission by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), or the Sochnut, which is responsible for Jewish immigration to Israel. The non-profit organisation said some 50 Jews had chosen to stay in Yemen, but among the last to leave was a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll. SEE PICTURES
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    ISIS: jihadists can deal with Israel later

    Mar 27, 2016 1 Comment
    The Islamic State (ISIS) said in its weekly newspaper, al-Naba, that it does intend on attacking Israel at a later stage, but has not yet allocated resources to that fight as it does not believe the Palestinian cause is more significant than other issues affecting Muslims. They call on Jihadists to topple Arab nations first before turning their focus on the Holy Land.
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    Trump counters criticism of ‘Neutral’ conflict stance

    Feb 28, 2016 1 Comment
    US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump explains his statements on being ‘neutral’ on the Middle East Boaz Bismuth of, a partner-service of SA Jewish Report. In the Republicam debate last wek, Trump said of the conflict: “It’s probably the toughest negotiation of anywhere in the world, of any kind, OK? But, it doesn’t help if I start saying I’m very pro-Israel, very pro-Israel, more than anybody on this stage. It doesn’t do any good to start demeaning the neighbours [of Israel],” Trump said during the debate. Read this fascinating interview… PIC: Gage Skidmore.
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    Stay calm, but watch what you watch

    Jan 05, 2016 2 Comments
    Be careful what TV news you consume and “save yourself being as angry as I was today!” writes Ant Katz in a new blog. “So what was it that so got hos goat?” asks Ant “An Aljazeera presenter whom I had never seen before last week, after interviewing a Palestinian politician on the charging of the Israeli Jews under terrorism laws for the murder of three Palestinians in a Duma, West Bank, firebombing recently,” he writes.
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    Tête-à-tête over how to deal with BDS

    Jan 01, 2016 1 Comment
    A media brouhaha over the best way to handle BDS on campuses has erupted between Rabbi Eric Yoffie (right in picture at left), a writer, teacher & former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, & David Brog, CEO of Adelson-backed Maccabee Task Force (also executive director of Christians United for Israel) after the former penned an op-ed in Haaretz “Why Adelson’s campus anti-BDS group will be a bust” on December 22 & Brog responded with his own “A Time for Unity” posted on the Adelson-owned JNS news service on December 30
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    Brouhaha over academics’ letter and BDS

    Dec 22, 2015 1 Comment
    There’s a face-off of the big guns as pro- (Sydney Kaye) and anti-Israel (MRN’s Ibrahim Vawda) take each other on over the 204 academics who signed a petition last week. And it is all happening on Politicsweb!
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    New strategies for handling 'The New Norm'

    Dec 21, 2015 3 Comments
    The new national executive director of the SA Zionist Federation, Nicci Raz, officially takes the helm in January of an organisation that plays one of the most pivotal support roles for Israel. Raz replaces Isla Feldman, who has headed the Fed for over two decades. Over the past three months, the two have co-led the organisation. Now it’s time for Nicci to go solo. In a revealing and exclusive interview, JR Online find out who Nicci Raz is, and where is she is planning to take the Fed in her new capacity.
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    Tunis' top book prize for Jewish author

    Dec 20, 2015 Go comment!
    French-Jewish author Tobie Nathan, pictured, wrote about the life and expulsion of Egyptian Jews – which won him a prestigious literary prize in Tunisia. The jury of the “Goncourt List: The Choice of Tunisia” award on Wednesday voted to give its first-ever prize to Nathan for his book “This Country that Resembles You”, which was published in French earlier this year
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    BDS turns statement of 'bored' academics around

    Dec 17, 2015 4 Comments
    A local Jewish community leader pointed out that BDS sent a press release to their database this week on behalf of South African academics pledging their support for Palestinians, but BDS’ Kwara Kekana first hijacked the mail & turned a pro-Palestinian pledge into “an academic boycott of Israel”. The 204 academics were led by Profs Robert van Niekerk, Salim Vally & Steven Friedman. This is somewhat disingenuous, however, as the signatories clearly wrote: “We will … continue to work with our Israeli colleagues…” and did not mention a boycott per se.
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    Trump’s Israel trip off after Muslim remarks

    Dec 10, 2015 4 Comments
    Netanyahu “rejects” Trump’s foot-in-mouth remark this week about (temporarily) banning all Muslims from entering the US. Okay, says Trump, cancelling his planned visit to Israel: “I have decided to postpone my trip to Israel and to schedule my meeting with ‪Netanyahu at a later date after I become president of the US,” the Republican front-runner tweeted early Thursday morning - not quoting any specific reason for his decision.
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    Ombud investigates complaints against IMG

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    Independent Media under fire from SA Jewry. Multiple complaints laid about the lack of impartiality of editorial coverage in recent weeks, falsely reporting that SA had issued an arrest warrant for 4 IDF commanders involved in the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 and the Cape Times’ policy with regard to its letters to the editor. The Cape Times and the Star mentioned by Press Council as targets of investigation. And Jewish Report is aware of further complaints that either will be lodged, or of parties who are considering lodging complaints.
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    Russian jet also violated Israeli airspace

    Nov 30, 2015 Go comment!
    A Russian military jet had violated Israeli airspace it was announced on Sunday. The jet breached Israeli airspace by 1,6 km and turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon during an interview on Israel Public Radio said the breach had occurred recently while Russia had been carrying out airstrikes against rebels in the Syrian civil war. But, added Yaalon, the plane was not shot down, as the one pictured which was shot down by Turkey earlier this month for airspace intrusion.
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    Ruling party gets very chummy with Hamas

    Oct 26, 2015 8 Comments
    HAMAS INVITED TO OPEN SHOP IN SA: Who will foot the bill? Khaled Meshaal and other senior members of Hamas have met with Pres Jacob Zuma to discuss opening offices in SA. For the ANC to welcome Hamas to SA "is a moral outrage, and disgraces the memory of Nelson Mandela,” said Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Ambassador Arthur Lenk said Hamas was the only one to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian stand-off. Israelis, he said, were "not going into streets around Jerusalem with knives looking to attack people", he said, reminding South Africans that "Israel is a democracy". Read on...
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    India strengthens alliance with Israel

    Oct 21, 2015 2 Comments
    In the first-ever official visit by an Indian head of state to Israel, President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Jerusalem this week to discuss a wide range of issues including the negotiation of an extensive free-trade agreement, bilateral co-operation in agricultural and other technologies, and expanded counter-terrorism co-ordination.
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    M-East: My enemy’s enemy is my friend

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    At the end of September, Russian warplanes began aerial bombing raids in Syria, adding to the already complex dynamics of the Syrian civil war, which has raged unabated since 2011. What prompted this intervention? What does it say about Russia’s place in the world? And what does this mean for Israel?
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    Forget knives, let’s have more car-rammings

    Oct 19, 2015 1 Comment
    Disappointed in the ‘failure’ of stabbings, Hamas asks West Bankers to drop their knives and instead commit car-rammings to ensure higher Jewish casualties.
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    Abbas’ 'downright deluded chutzpah'

    Oct 16, 2015 2 Comments
    A master of stretching the truth and a perverter of language – this is what the EIPA called Mahmoud Abbas in supporting Benjamin Netanyahu's call for the world to speak out against what he called blatant lies and incitement to violence.
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    Mulder: only first-hand perspective can aid Mideast solution

    Sep 26, 2015 1 Comment
    Freedom Front Plus leader Dr Pieter Mulder, who recently visited Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of a fact-finding mission - consisting of leaders of opposition parties in the South African government - highlighted the complexity of the Middle East issue in an even-handed opinion piece early this week in the Afrikaans daily, Beeld.
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    Germany's bright side amid refugee crisis

    Sep 11, 2015 2 Comments
    When supporters of the anti-immigrant Pegida movement and rightwing extremists in the former East Germany started demonstrating by the tens of thousands this year against foreigners and “American Zionist” policies, I got mad.
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    Iran: Shouts of 'dual loyalty' and 'dog whistles'

    Aug 12, 2015 Go comment!
    RON KAMPEAS IN WASHINGTON writes that "The dredging up of the dual loyalty charge - that lawmakers who reject the Iran nuclear agreement and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is lobbying against it, are more closely aligned with Israel than the United States - illustrates just how tense the debate over the deal has become." Read this well-informed op-ed on the issue...
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    Nuclear deal: What can Iran hide in 24 days?

    Aug 05, 2015 Go comment!
    Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here's a breakdown of differences in how the sides interpret parts of the deal.
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    What Madiba actually said & what he meant

    Jul 22, 2015 3 Comments
    The speech by President Nelson Mandela that is at the centre of so much misquotation and out-of-context usage, that the BDS-driven narrative has become the conventional wisdom on the matter. The speech was, in fact, delivered on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Pretoria on 4 December 1997. Jewish Report has elected to publish the speech, complete and verbatim, so that the incredible affinity of Madiba towards the entire Middle East is remembered and quoted accurately.
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    Death to America, Death to Israel

    Jul 20, 2015 6 Comments
    Bibi slams “Iranian ruler Khamenei's (pictured) aggressive and contrary” statements during his weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, adding that: “If someone thought that the extraordinary concessions to Iran would lead to a change in its policy, they received an unequivocal answer over the weekend.”
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    Iran: Israel to lobby Congress, consider strike

    Jul 15, 2015 1 Comment
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried an agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme hundreds of times - most notably in a March speech to a joint session of Congress.
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    US/Iran: What happens if deal is in place

    Jul 08, 2015 Go comment!
    Years before it is deemed a success or a failure, a nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers could unleash far-reaching changes in the region.
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    Libya ‘sought discreet relationship with Israel’

    Jun 01, 2015 Go comment!
    The recently-released exposé of Hillary Clinton (pictured) when she was US Secretary of State, reported by Eliezer Sherman in the New York Times last month, indicated, among other things, preliminary back-channel discussions were held to try and facilitate ties between post-Gaddafi Libya & Israel. This will no doubt have left French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy feeling vindicated after 2011 denials of his exposing the Libyan plan to forge better ties with the Jewish state left a scandal in its wake.
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    Bibi calls Putin about Iran rockets

    Apr 15, 2015 2 Comments
    Israeli Prime Minister spoke to Russian President Tuesday, according to Bibi’s media advisor. Bibi expressed Israel's grave concerns regarding the decision to sell S-300 missile systems to Iran. Read on to find out what the S-300 does and how it could impact on the stability of the ME. And, why Israel is blaming the “dangerous deal on the table between Iran and the P5+1.”
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    Obama on nuke deal: I’ll ‘stand by’ Israel

    Apr 06, 2015 2 Comments
    US Pres pitches for Iran deal in interview with New York Times Saturday. He acknowledged legitimacy of Israel’s concerns about Iran. Noting Iran’s leadership’s Holocaust denial & repeated threats to eliminate Israel, Obama reiterated that a negotiated agreement was the “best bet” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. “There is no formula, there is no option, to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative & framework that we put forward - and that’s demonstrable,” Obama said.
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    Israel 'fabricated' beheadings, Holocaust

    Mar 25, 2015 6 Comments
    See what he told BBC. See the Wits poster billing his speech. Dr Husam Zomlot, the keynote speaker at many of the City of Johannesburg’s “Palestinian Solidarity Week” events, is PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ close aide. Zomlot is infamous for telling a BBC interviewer that “Israel 'fabricated' the beheading of James Foley and the Holocaust. Dr Zomlot’s official title is: “Director of the Commission for International Relations in Palestine”.
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    Did Obama try to undermine Bibi in election?

    Mar 25, 2015 Go comment!
    Israeli political strategist group, Victory-15 (V15), may have illegally used US taxpayers’ money to try to replace the Netanyahu government, US media are reporting. Non-profit, OneVoice Movement, which had access to $350 000 of State Department grants, has come under scrutiny by the Senate, since its Israel arm became a partner with V15 to mobilize voters to bring about change in Israel. of the two US senators who brought the matter to a head, Texas Republican Ted Cruz, yesterday became the first Republican to announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election.
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    Hamas over-run with embarrassing questions

    Mar 16, 2015 13 Comments
    Hamas’ attempt to woo Europeans and English-speakers using twitter backfired on them before they even had the chance to get it off the ground! What a great opportunity this presents for South African Jewry to tweet questions to #AskHamas and let them know what we in South Africa feel about terrorism towards Israel. Loud and proud! And let your fellow community-members know if and how they answer you. Read some of the shockers they have already had, thousands of them, before they even launched the service!
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    In whose Jewish name does Netanyahu speak?

    Mar 04, 2015 11 Comments
    On what basis did Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu claim to speak for the entire Jewish people in his controversial speech to the US Congress this week about Iran? Before leaving Jerusalem for Washington he said: “My responsibility is to worry not only about the State of Israel, but also the future of the Jewish people… Seventy, 80 years ago no one could raise their voice when there were plans to destroy us. Today… it is my obligation.”
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    AIPAC meet & Bibi's full speech on video

    Mar 03, 2015 Go comment!
    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress which will be at 6pm SA-time Tuesday. A record 16,000 members are attending the AIPAC conference. Netanyahu is concerned that the offer to Iran in the negotiations will leave Israel vulnerable. Read the report from JTA and WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE COMPLETE AIPAC SPEECH
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    PA, PLO ordered to pay $655-m to victims

    Feb 25, 2015 Go comment!
    US jury orders PLO & PA to caugh up for damages to US victims of 6 terror attacks in Israel as prescribed under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Israel was not party in lawsuit which was brought by American families, but Israeli PM Netanyahu said after the award that “instead of drawing the requisite lesson, the PA is advancing steps that endanger regional stability.” The Jury also heard how the PA paid salaries to terrorists. READ THIS INCREDIBLE STORY...
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    Hezbollah kill 2, IDF retaliate, seek tunnels

    Jan 29, 2015 2 Comments
    Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded after a Hezbollah anti-tank missile strike on an Israeli patrol on the Israel-Lebanon border. Israel is searching for tunnels in the northern border
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    Leila Khaled in SA speaking tour next month

    Jan 07, 2015 3 Comments
    A few months ago Khaled shared some long-buried Palestinian secrets on issues like feminism & religious coercion in Palestinian society & gave up the goods on long-buried tales and betrayal within the ranks of the PFLP. She even said that BDS makes a big noise, but that it “doesn't liberate land.” The famed hijacker (now in her seventies) will tour SA for fundraisers – and funds they intend to raise with tickets costing up to R500 a head.
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    ICC acknowledge receipt of PA request

    Jan 06, 2015 1 Comment
    US Congress last week warned of repercussions for the PA’s ICC move, but Abbas goes ahead with application and files ad hoc declaration for the ICC to investigate Israel for war crimes charges. But first the UN must complete it’s reviewing the Palestinians’ request to join the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, as well as nearly 20 other statutes and conventions, according to the court.
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    UN nixes resolution on Palestinian statehood

    Dec 31, 2014 6 Comments
    A Palestinian-backed United Nations Security Council resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage last night.
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    More Arab states ban new Exodus movie

    Dec 29, 2014 1 Comment
    Several more Arab countries have followed Morocco and then Egypt, which banned the release of the film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Egypt on Friday barred what its culture minister called a “Zionist film”, adding that it “gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies, and that’s why we have decided to ban it,” Egypt's Culture Minister Gaber Asfour told the French news agency AFP.
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    We won’t give up Jerusalem Prosor tells UN

    Nov 05, 2014 7 Comments
    Israel is neither occupier nor settler. Israel is our home and Jerusalem is the eternal capital of our sovereign state. Jewish homes in Jewish homeland never been one of the many threats in M/E. It is time for Palestinians to realise that all children of Abraham - Jews, Christians and Muslims alike - are not doomed to live together in war, but rather destined to live together in peace. I issue this promise from the people of the Promised Land - under our watch, Jerusalem, our eternal capital, will remain a free and open city for all people & for all time. Read more...
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    12 top reads for Shabbos Project weekend

    Oct 22, 2014 Go comment!
    Bev’s Goldman’s picks of the best Zionism reads from around the world are often downloaded by more observant users of this website who rave about them offering a great Shabbos read. Bev’s bevy of the best for the 7 days leading up to 22 October are, as always, a wide mix of views from various writers around the world. Some are left and some are right, most are centrist. But what they all have in common, is that they are great reads by great authors from reputable sources. So, Shabbos Project followers, download some of these to read on the weekend!
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    Add strings to Gaza donor funding: Bedein

    Oct 18, 2014 1 Comment
    Donors should insist on auditing the organisation; introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA; cancel jihadist curriculum & dismiss employees affiliated with Hamas says David Bedein. UNRWA teaches principles of Jihad & martyrdom in a UN school system which is supposed to promote the UNRWA slogan of “Peace Starts Here”. In reality, the UN agency’s education programme includes paramilitary training. UNRWA should be required to demonstrate a commitment to the sacred UN principles of peace and reconciliation, says Bedein. Read more...
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    Bibi at UN: What he said and what he didn’t

    Oct 05, 2014 Go comment!
    Shaw notes PM delivered “bold but dark speech” at UN last week, but was “more conciliatory with his remarks” at the White House. Read his assessment… “Bibi gave us a clue as to what he may have been thinking as he sat with Obama,” writes regular Jewish Report contributor Barry Shaw, adding that Bibi had said we should “seize upon common interests and build positive progress to advance a more secure, prosperous and peaceful Middle East.”
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    Best of the best Zionists reads of the week

    Oct 01, 2014 Go comment!
    Bev’s Goldman’s (pictured) Top-10 this week offers a great selection of reads on Zionism from around the world. Bev heads up South Africa’s renowned “Media Team Israel” and always ensures that the topics she dishes up weekly for Jewish Report readers are varied, od diverse political leanings and written and published by reputable authors and media houses from around the globe.
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    Best Zionist reads from around the world

    Sep 27, 2014 Go comment!
    Eight great selected reads on Zionism from around the world from Bev Goldman – who heads up South Africa’s Media Team Israel. The topics are varied, the political leanings diverse and the authors are from all corners of the globe.
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    Israel downs Syrian warplane over Golan

    Sep 24, 2014 Go comment!
    The Israeli military shot down a Syrian aircraft that had strayed into Israeli territory over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning. The Israeli army intercepted the plane with the Patriot air defence system.
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    Bev will keep you reading all weekend

    Sep 17, 2014 Go comment!
    The Doyen of Zionist communication in SA, Bev Goldman, has eleven great reads from a variety of sources and authors worldwide over the past week. Every week Bev scours the world online for SA Jewish Report readers and serves up the best there is to offer – from the most left to the most right wing Jewish Zionism writers – and sometime even from anti-Zionist writers.
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    Rhodes is hotbed of anti-Israel activity

    Sep 10, 2014 5 Comments
    SAUJS, Jewish & Christian Zionist students & staff at Rhodes express concern over deteriorating situation at Rhodes where anti-Israeli resolution was rejected by the Senate last week. “Jewish students keep their heads down & don’t advertise their religious affiliation,” said SAUJS’ national chairman Ariela Carno this week. During Operation Protective Edge the campus once again became ground-zero for anti-Israeli activities. So much so, that who have spoken to SAJR have asked not to be named for fear of reprisals. SEE THE VIDEO of a supposed impartial debate on the Media and Gaza.
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    Bev serves up her great weekly platter, again

    Sep 10, 2014 Go comment!
    Nine of the best Zionist reads in the world of the week in Bev Goldman’s Opinion & Analysis piece. Every week Bev, SA’s top Zionist communicator and head of Media Team Israel, scans the world’s media to find the top reads of the week for Jewish Report users. Many users tell us they print these out as a Shabbos read – with Yonteivim galore coming up, it is an especially good idea. FIND LINKS TO THEM ALL.
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    Facts on ISIS confuse and confound users

    Sep 05, 2014 Go comment!
    SAJR users & contributors have been writing on ISIS for weeks – fearing their encroachment towards the Israeli border. Who are they, what do they do and do they really pose the threats that the US media is depicting. “Yes,” said CNN and the NYT quite emphatically yesterday, publishing some startling new information. “No,” wrote The Times of Israel’s Middle East analyst Avi Issacharoff yesterday. Here’s what everyone has to say – draw your own conclusions.
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    The Sultan Knish blog and more

    Sep 03, 2014 Go comment!
    Nine of the best Zionist reads from around the world this week - researched and selected by Bev Goldman. Print them out for a Shabbos read...
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    Head-to-head on the Gaza question

    Sep 03, 2014 1 Comment
    Justice Dennis Davis’ weekly show on ENCA, “Judge for Yourself,” this week put Avrom Krengel and Muhammed Desai head-to-head, joined by Daily Maverick Associate Editor and Former US Diplomat Brooks Spector, on SA’s diplomatic approach to the Gaza conflict. During the sometimes heated exchanges, Desai only spoke of sanctions of Israeli products. SAJR asked him if this represented a policy change. See what he had to say…
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    BDS shuts Rosebank Woolies on Shabbos

    Sep 01, 2014 16 Comments
    BDS-SA is cooing after it managed to get Woollies in Rosebank to temporarily close on Shabbos in the first in a series of planned “Monthly National Days of Action against Woolworths” for importing a very small amount of fresh produce items from Israel. It was one of 40 protests around SA. A flashmob formed outside & moved through the shop singing an adaptation of Trey Songz’ popular song “Oh Nana.” See the video and read the words they used…
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    Top journalist penetrates the rhetoric: Is Israel apartheid?

    Aug 27, 2014 4 Comments
    “Living in apartheid South Africa was easy in moral terms - good versus evil,” says Benjamin Pogrund, former deputy editor of the leading anti-apartheid newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, whose new book, Drawing Fire, investigates accusations of apartheid in Israel.
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    Welcome to the real world, Chuck Hagel

    Aug 27, 2014 Go comment!
    Ben Levitas, pictured, has a full go at US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel, who, says the SAZF national vice-chair, seems to have been given a wake-up call by The Caliphate, as it wants to be known.
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    • Bev Goldman - HOME

    Ten of the best from Bev

    Jul 09, 2014 Go comment!
    Bev Goldman has completely outdone herself in this critically important week for Jews and Zionists worldwide.
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  • Way to go, Bev! Keep them coming!

    Jun 29, 2014 Go comment!
    A weekly Opinion & Analysis of the most relevant, interesting, challenging and positive Zionist writings from around the world
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  • Ethiopian Airlines offers a quality flight

    Jun 22, 2014 1 Comment
    The airline was first to operate Boeing’s new 787, half their Joburg traffic comes from Tel Aviv & CT is on the cards in 2015. They robbed SAA of their coveted “Best African Carrier” Award in 2013.
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  • Habonim’s 242 Campaign exposed

    Jun 15, 2014 4 Comments
    LAURENCE SEEFF puts forward an impressive argument against Habonim Dror SA’s proposals
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  • Medics queue up to have books signed

    Jun 09, 2014 Go comment!
    Discovery Health hosted doctors and their partners in Johannesburg last month where they gave away copies of “Blood Money – The Cyril Karabus Story”. Speakers included Dr Theo Kopenhager, who was responsible for the boycott of an international medical conference arranged by a UAE-based company - and the eventual cancellation of the conference - in protest against the continued detention of Karabus in Abu Dhabi. Karabus and author Suzanne Belling signed books.
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  • Syria’s oldest shul destroyed by Assad

    May 31, 2014 Go comment!
    The Jobar Shul was one of the holiest Jewish sites in Syria and contained priceless historical Jewish artefacts. The Shul has been under the stewardship of local Arab leaders since the 19th century after the expulsion of Jews from Syria. So holy did the Arab stewards consider the building and artefacts, they guarded them for over a century as if they were their own. Some may have survived.
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  • DIRCO positive on SA/Israel trade & relations

    May 29, 2014 Go comment!
    IIsrael is one of SA’s top 3 trading partners and #1 in tourism from the M-East. SA “hoped that this area of cooperation will continue to expand in the years to come,” said DIRCO’s chief director, Mid-East this week. Hundreds of friends of Israel attended the annual function to celebrate Israel’s birthday. Pictured are school kids singing in front, and the ambassador, his deputy and DIRCO’s Themba Rubushe. Read Rubushe’s full speech and see more pics.
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  • He-said-she-said to and fro

    May 21, 2014 1 Comment
    “SA’s relationship with Palestine is weakening and its relationship with Israel is strengthening in terms of Trade and other relations..." wrote SAJR last week. “I have been misquoted; I did not say the first part of what the (article) claims I said,” says Na’eem Jeenah (pictured). “What I posted on Facebook while listening to the presentations is on record … Na'eem can refute it and I will stand by it,” says Cheryllyn Dudley. Read what this argy-bargy, and more, is all about…
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  • Win one of 5 Karabus books FREE with SAJR Online

    Apr 23, 2014 Go comment!
    We’re giving away five copies of Suzanne Belling’s gripping new book, “Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story.” Publishers Jakana will deliver the book in the format of your choice anywhere in the world! And, at R200-odd a pop, that’s nothing to sneeze at. Anyone can enter this easy competition.
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  • Top Zionism picks make perfect Shabbos read

    Apr 09, 2014 Go comment!
    Bev picks the top Zionist writings each week for SAJR users. Print your choice of these Op-Ed pieces from around the world - they make the perfect Shabbos read...
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    Apr 09, 2014 43 Comments
    Suzanne Belling’s gripping new book, “Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story” will be released in paperback (R195) and various e-book and mobi versions next week. Publishers Jakana have given Jewish Report Online five copies to give away to lucky users – delivered anywhere in the world! That’s R1,000’s worth of books to be won! And it is so easy to enter. Simply post a comment below this story and tell us why you would like to read the book.
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  • Karabus book in time for Pesach reading

    Apr 09, 2014 3 Comments
    Suzanne Belling’s gripping new book, Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story will be released in paperback (R195) and e-book versions next week.
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  • Bev’s top Zionism reads in the world, literally

    Apr 02, 2014 Go comment!
    Bev picks the top Zionist writings each week for SAJR users. Print your choice of these Op-Ed pieces from around the world - they make the perfect Shabbos read...
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  • Israel is the world’s “Innovation Nation”

    Feb 09, 2014 Go comment!
    Addressing the WEF last month, Israeli PM Netanyahu chose to characterize Israel as "The Innovation Nation." What is behind Israel’s prosperity, asked Bibi. "The ability to add that value through innovation. And the question is: why is it? What is it that we have, aside from good macro-economic policies, aside from market reforms, what is it that makes Israel this nexus of high technology?
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  • Israel & Iran get tails together in Davos

    Jan 24, 2014 Go comment!
    While the presidential planes that carried the Israeli and Iran arrived at Davos on Wednesday, they were parked alongside one another. The rhetoric between the countries flowed to such an extent, though, that they remain a million miles apart when it comes to Mid-East policy. Read what Peres, Bibi & Rouhani had to say at Davos yesterday.
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  • Quintessential "new Jew" saved Israel 3 times

    Jan 22, 2014 Go comment!
    David Abel, the national vice chairman of Likud South Africa, gave a much-hailed address at the Cape Town memorial service for Ariel Sharon last week. Abel’s concluding statement: “Thank God for Ariel Sharon! Farewell captain, my captain! May You Rest in Peace. Shalom Arik - probably the greatest warrior of the Jewish People since Samson!” drew a standing ovation.
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  • Bev's pick of the best Zionist reads

    Jan 15, 2014 Go comment!
    To keep SAJR Online readers current, Bev scans dozens of op-ed pieces in SA and the world media on Zionism so that she can offer us her weekly pick of the best and most interesting, challenging and positive Zionist reading. Bev is also deeply involved in Zionist education.
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  • SAJR stands up for Israel & against BDS

    Dec 27, 2013 4 Comments
    “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) will shortly be “celebrated” on hundreds of university campuses and in cities around the world. The event is a well-organized political assault designed to delegitimise, demonise, and cause the collapse of Israel by falsely portraying it as an Apartheid state and applying double standards of moral conduct.
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  • A pity we didn’t listen to Madiba

    Dec 13, 2013 Go comment!
    The former South African president wanted good ties with Israel, dependent on freedom for the Palestinians writes Israel’s ambassador to South Africa between 1992 and 1994. “A few months after Rabin’s election victory (and) just four days after my arrival (in SA) the phone rang at six o’clock in the morning. It was Nelson Mandela himself on the line. ‘I hear Israel is changing its policy,’ he said. ‘Let’s talk’.” Read Liel’s incredible account of how events unfolded from then…
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  • PA embassy’s condolences to family & country

    Dec 08, 2013 7 Comments
    He taught the world the true meaning of a hero. His teachings of bravery and compassion will live on, particularly in the hearts of the Palestinian people.
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  • There is a fourth kind of anti-Semitism

    Nov 17, 2013 1 Comment
    Churches today have turned away from Zion’s King and adopted the Kairos Palestine Document writes BARRY SHAW
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  • Knesset to decide on civil marriage

    Oct 30, 2013 Go comment!
    Ground-breaking Yesh Atid proposal to Knesset yesterday would legalise civil marriage, extend right to gays and allow for interfaith marriages
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  • The Middle Eastern strongmen are back

    Oct 30, 2013 Go comment!
    The counterrevolution is in full swing. Islamists and secular liberals do battle. The Shiite and Sunni worlds confront each other writes ROGER COHEN
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  • Prisoner release sparks conflict in gov’t

    Oct 30, 2013 Go comment!
    Release may have paved way for resumption of talks but has increased tensions in Israel’s governing coalition
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  • Abbas' first UN address as 'State of Palestine'

    Sep 30, 2013 Go comment!
    Abbas tells United nations General Assembly that Israel must abandon its security obsessions as time running out for a just peace
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