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    South Africa to sell arms to Iran?

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    Iran has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Former US President George W Bush said Iran, with Iraq and North Korea, formed the “Axis of Evil”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers Iran the Middle East’s greatest threat, with its nuclear ambitions, and support of Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria. Its human rights record is deplorable.
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    The Leper who dwells alone

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    As humans, we have three vehicles or channels through which all our experiences are lived: Thought, speech and action.
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    Rabbonim lead in protest

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    “This is the beginning of a great resistance, of a series of marches and protests, of legal and political actions, which flow so naturally from the spirit of freedom and dignity of all South Africans who will not be subjugated by the greed and dishonesty of a few. As the Jewish community, we must be proud to join in this new struggle to build a great country for all who live in it.”
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    SA ministers slam Israel

    Apr 28, 2017 2 Comments
    New Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela, have both publicly slammed Israel, claiming that “innocent Palestinians” were being killed daily by Israel. Manamela even repeatedly vented his fury on supporters of Israel in South Africa.
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    Chief Rabbi changes prayer for the country

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    Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has changed the Prayer for the Republic of South Africa - a prayer rabbis say every Saturday morning in shul.
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    Freedom to right wrongs

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    We celebrate Freedom Day this week and I feel I have to pause and consider just how free we are and how far we have come as a country and as a community.
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    Middle East peace - is it action replay?

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    When I moved to the Middle East more than a decade ago, I was excited to cover my first round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. There were demands from both sides.
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    Protests in SA: A teachable moment

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    “The doors [of learning] will remain open.” This was said by General Director of the SA Board of Jewish Education (SABJE) Rabbi Craig Kacev after imminent anti-Zuma protest action sparked robust debate on whether Jewish day schools should close on Friday, April 7.
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    German diplomat reminds not to stop teaching the Holocaust

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    The Charge D’Affaires of the German Embassy, Klaus Streicher, brought a strong message to the Yom Hashoah commemoration in Pretoria of ensuring the Holocaust is not forgotten, and always taught to the new generations so it can never happen again.
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    Perpetuating the legacy of her grandpa

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    Nine-year-old Israel Gurwicz was one of many children sardined into the cattle truck of a train bound for death, but somehow managed to squeeze through a tiny opening and jump out of the moving vehicle. He survived to tell his story 65 years later to his granddaughter, Courtneigh Cloud Bernstein, who turned it into a theatrical docu-drama.
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    The ‘compromise’ Shoah ceremony

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    Rabbi Julia Margolis, chairman of the South African Centre for Religious Equality and Diversity (SACRED) described this year’s Yom Hashoah as “on the one hand, disappointing, but on the other”, she added, “I’m not without hope”.
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    Durban’s focus on the youth

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    The Durban Jewish community focused on the youth at their Yom Hashoah commemoration last Sunday evening.
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    So, a woman sang

    Apr 28, 2017 2 Comments
    A woman sang solo at Cape Town’s annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust Memorial ceremony last week.
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    Enabling artistic freedom and tolerance

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    Prominent artists, cartoonist Jonathon Shapiro (Zapiro) and painter Ayanda Mabula, have come under fire for depicting rape in their work. The word carries a double meaning, referring to the sexual violation of a person and the plundering of place.
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    Why is this year different from all others?

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    The words “Leshana Haba BeYerushalim” always sparked conversation during our seders in South Africa. Jokes were made about El Al flight specials and banter ensued about plans for possible future holidays.
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    Uncovering the indefensible

    Apr 28, 2017 1 Comment
    Jonathan Ancer is a journalist, having worked for a number of publications and held a variety of positions in media, He was journalist for The Star; editor of Grocott’s Mail, Grahamstown’s community newspaper; deputy editor of Bicycling magazine; and head of Independent Newspapers’ Cadet School. He recently took time out to write “Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson”.
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    Krausz bears witness at West Park Cemetery

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    The horror of what happens when one kind of people dehumanise another, was a thread running through the second half of the Yom Hashoah ceremony at West Park Cemetery on Sunday.
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    Jewish leaders alarmed as Le Pen advances

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    Jewish leaders inside and outside France have expressed alarm after far-right populist Marine Le Pen’s strong showing in the first round of the French presidential election last Sunday.
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    The voice of protest is the voice of Jacob

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    Whoever has the ability to protest against the members of his household, and doesn’t, is caught up with the members of his household. Whoever has the ability to protest against the members of his city, and doesn’t, is caught up with the members of his city. Whoever has the ability to protest against the whole world, and doesn’t, is caught up with the whole world. Talmud, Shabbat 54b
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    Does ‘Never Again’ apply only to Jewish loss?

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    When Holocaust survivor Don Krausz talked movingly on Yom Hashoah on Sunday to a packed audience at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg, about his experiences as a boy in Nazi camps, an uneasy question hung in the air about what Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, a survivor of the Holocaust who was in the Buchenwald camp, said in a recent interview on Israel’s Army Radio - that another “shoah” was taking place on Israel’s northern border in the six-year Syrian war.
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