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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Fierce journalism takes on the Mafia state

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    Is escape possible for President Jacob Zuma from the Mafia state he has created with the Guptas in South Africa? If he flees to the Dubai mansion he reportedly owns to evade prosecution for corruption - as some people predict - he will probably be allowed in.
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    • Jeff

    The SAJBD and the SA Human Rights Commission

    Jun 08, 2017 Go comment!
    The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is one of the key “Chapter Nine” organisations established under the Constitution to give practical expression to the implementation of constitutional democracy in South Africa.
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    Confronting the problem of racism

    Jun 02, 2017 1 Comment
    A while ago, I had a heart-breaking meeting with members of the Jewish community in Johannesburg, people of colour who have converted to Judaism and have felt the pain of racist attitudes from some of their fellow congregants.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Art: not a saviour, a mirror for South Africa

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    In this country’s nightmare under President Jacob Zuma and his mafia-like network who run the place, the political power play is mainly in black arenas with the entire gamut of good, bad, pure and corrupt. Whites - some nine per cent of the 56 million population - try to understand it mostly from the sidelines.
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    • Jeff

    Dealing with school play anti-Semitic aftermath

    Jun 02, 2017 Go comment!
    As reported last week, the Board was working with King David Victory Park in addressing an unfortunate incident of anti-Semitic abuse that took place at an inter-school one-act play competition. Among the allegations made, were that learners from Edenvale High School directed “Heil Hitler” chants and Nazi salutes at their King David counterparts.
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    Aliyah, the good, the bad and the meshuga

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    The highly-anticipated arrival of President Donald Trump in Jerusalem, is likely to dominate news here in the Middle East and abroad for a while. Much has already been made of the fact that the controversial American businessman is the first sitting US president to visit the Kotel.
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    Six Day War left mixed legacies

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    This week Israel and the Jewish world celebrated Yom Yerushalayim, commemorating 50 years since the recapture of the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan in the middle of the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967).
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Arms deals, peace deals: Trump treads holy ground

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    President Donald Trump does not delve much into religion in his speeches in the United States, except to slam adherents of Islam. But during his past week’s jaunt to the Middle East and Europe to holy sites of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, there was much to do with religion that needed attention.
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    • Jeff

    UK terror attack also holds lesson for SA Jews

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    At the time of writing, the UK is reeling from the worst terrorist attack on British soil in more than a decade. The atrocity only drives home the sobering lesson that terrorism recognises no boundaries and can strike at any time and any place.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Through one door, there are others

    May 25, 2017 Go comment!
    Imagine this scenario: a family in need of financial assistance for their children’s school fees approaches the Chev for help. Our Financial Assistance department alerts the intake social worker at Community Services when it becomes clear that the family is in crisis.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Walls, walls, walls: the spirit of the day

    May 18, 2017 1 Comment
    Two presidents who excel in shamelessness, loom over South African Jews’ minds: the United States’ Donald Trump and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma. Both are unpredictable, of questionable ethics, arrogant and cannot admit they are wrong; neither are very intelligent and both are damaging their countries.
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    • Jeff

    Sticking to our guns on Israel

    May 18, 2017 1 Comment
    We are currently experiencing one of those waves of anti-Israel commentary that occur from time to time in our media. One of the topics that have gained a fair amount of traction is the hunger strike by convicted Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails.
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    ‘Anyone but Marine Le Pen’

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    During Israel’s last parliamentary elections in March 2015 there was a popular slogan in the country - “anyone but Bibi” - referring to Benjamin Netanyahu who, as Israeli prime minister, has served the longest consecutive term in Israel's history.
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    Playing Wagner with a clear conscience

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    Richard Wagner. The name ignites animated debate in the Jewish and music worlds - a debate which can evoke anger and angst when those worlds collide.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Macron’s French win: Viva la dance!

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    Among the people relieved at political centrist Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election on Sunday, are arguably South African artists - including many Jews - who have benefited over the years from French support.
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    • Jeff

    ‘Goldene Medina also gives voice to ‘ordinary’ Jews

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    There was a time in South Africa’s history when there was strong opposition to Jewish immigration throughout society and across the political spectrum. In the 1930s, this led to the passing of legislation with the primary aim - subsequently achieved - of substantially reducing the number of Jews allowed to enter the country.
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    Walking in the light of G-d

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    I have just returned to my desk after attending an annual event celebrating International Nurse’s Day. The highlight is always the moving ceremonial signing of the Nurse’s Oath, when each nurse reaffirms her (or his - there was one male nurse) commitment to this noble profession.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Aliyah - the good, the bad and the meshuga.

    May 11, 2017 Go comment!
    “The biggest challenge for you is going to be the culture shock,” a wise Israeli diplomat warned me, when he heard we were making aliyah. Our paths had crossed in the working world in South Africa, and I knew him to be professional, charismatic and trustworthy.
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    • Jeff

    Terror plot challenges

    May 04, 2017 Go comment!
    When the Thulsie brothers were arrested last July on charges of planning to carry out Islamic State-inspired terrorist attacks in South Africa, it was reported at the time that Jewish individuals and institutions were among those considered for possible attack. Last week, in the indictment submitted to the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, further details were released regarding potential targets.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The ultra-nationalists and John Lennon’s broken dreams

    May 04, 2017 2 Comments
    A piece of popular history which throws light on today’s confusing world is the release 50 years ago in 1967 in England of The Beatles’ album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” - soon to be re-released.
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