• ‘We were played,’ says Krengel

    The ANC was steamrolled by anti-Israel lobbyists into making its unilateral decision to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel, said one of the Jewish community’s leading voices this week.

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  • The dirty business of politics and friendship

    Amid the hot air sprouted by politicians during this December/January break, US President Donald Trump took the cake for something significant for South African Jews who consider themselves both Zionist and African.

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  • Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

    Defying dire, worldwide warnings, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of US and international policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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  • Israel: Can the enemy of my enemy really be my friend?

    The current diplomatic flurry about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting numerous African countries all over the continent to strengthen or create ties, has many positive angles, but also rattles skeletons in the closet, particularly for South African Jews.

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  • Criticism of Israel: Whose right is it, anyway?

    It is not unusual for elder South African politicians to use their anti-apartheid struggle credentials as political capital, as if their views are superior to others.

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  • The visit ‘home’: Do SA émigrés ever wish they’d stayed?

    Anyone who has attended a 40-year high school reunion, knows the uncomfortable feeling when you meet classmates from several decades ago, who immigrated to other countries and have had vastly different lives. After five minutes of warm greetings: “Wow, it’s so nice to see you again! Do you remember when we played Sunday league soccer together?”, an uncomfortable silence falls over the gathering, amidst awkward attempts to joke about the passing of time and how everyone is getting older.

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    Cyril remains shtum on embassy downgrade

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    Like a Liquorice Allsorts packet, there was something for everybody in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first major speech, in his capacity as newly elected president of the ANC, at a rally in Buffalo City, East London. Business, labour, civil society, government, investors and the poor could all draw hope from it.
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    Israel exposes terror ties between SA and Iran

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    South Africa is believed to be used by Iranian intelligence “as a significant area in locating, recruiting and operating agents against Israel and the West Bank”, according to an investigation by Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet.
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    ‘We were played,’ says Krengel

    Jan 18, 2018 3 Comments
    The ANC was steamrolled by anti-Israel lobbyists into making its unilateral decision to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel, said one of the Jewish community’s leading voices this week.
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    SA leaders oppose embassy downgrade

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    The ANC remains determined to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel to a liaison office – even after recent calls by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to the party not to interfere in the situation.
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    Bibi defends controversial Kotel decision

    Jun 29, 2017 1 Comment
    Netanyahu says he didn’t betray anyone by effectively cancelling a historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at the Kotel, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, and caving to the interests of his Haredi Orthodox coalition partners.
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    Being schooled in a new school system

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    “Knowledge is Light” was our school motto when I was a child in Durban. The importance of education was made clear to us from as far back as I can remember. It wasn’t taken for granted. A good education was a privilege.
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    Israel’s ‘Facebook bill’ could hamper free speech

    Mar 09, 2017 2 Comments
    Israel’s Knesset last week passed the first reading of the Criminally Offensive Content from the Internet bill - dubbed the “Facebook bill”.
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    Join the conversations, have your say

    Feb 22, 2017 1 Comment
    JR Online users are having their say, as usual. While the website's peak day saw well over 12,000 users, it can also have as many as 300-plus comments posted on a busy day. Many are on older stories users have serendipitously happened along. Some are friendly greetings and exchanges, but often they descend into Chirp-fests – where users with differing views enjoy a good old argy-bargy on an issue. We list this week’s latest hotspots, and point users to a few of the Chirps posted this week - on well-commented stories long gone by…
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    Israel has true Christian friends in Mozambique

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    Devotion to the cause of the State of Israel flourishes in the most unlikely places, even in societies where the Jewish presence is small to non-existent. Such is the case in Mozambique, where the work of Beth-El Associacao Crista Amigos De Israel - Mozambican Christian Friends of Israel - testifies to how much can be achieved by those inspired by their Christian faith to promote the Israeli cause, despite adverse conditions.
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    Lenk: Jerusalem will always be Israeli capital

    Feb 01, 2017 1 Comment
    Ambassador Lenk appeared on the popular SABC News morning show, Newsroom, yesterday (Tuesday January 31) and discussed Israel's relationship with the US, the controversy over Donald Trump wanting to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city, and the need for the Holy Land’s Palestinian neighbours to reject terror and return to direct peace talks. Watch the full 12-minute interview and hear Ambassador Lenk’s frank and honest responses – and his open and relaxed demeanour.
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Video of the Day 


Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  


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