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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Killarney to fortress Gupta: a walk to save SA

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    It is only three minutes’ walk from the intersection of Oxford and Riviera Roads in Johannesburg’s Killarney neighbourhood, where beggars hold cardboard signs saying “No food, no job, please help”, to the Gupta family’s estate in the adjoining, elite Saxonwold neighbourhood, where menacing security guards and expensive cars are always present at the high walls.
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    • Jeff

    Unite in confronting corruption, maladministration

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    When the SAJBD was founded shortly after the turn of the last century, it was solely for the purpose of upholding the civil rights and representing the interests of the South African Jewish community. This remains our core mandate.
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    Will it take 40 years to let go of apartheid?

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    The Haggadah is a lesson in attaining freedom and dropping the yoke of slavery. It took the Jews 40 years wandering in the desert to rid them of the slave mentality. How long will it take South Africans to get rid of the apartheid mentality?
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    Egypt, after the exodus...

    Apr 06, 2017 1 Comment
    There is a joke that when Shimon Peres was president of Israel, he invited ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to spend Passover with him and his family so that together they could commemorate their exodus from Egypt.
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    Power play and the unravelling of the ANC

    Apr 06, 2017 Go comment!
    How do elected and appointed servants of the public amass such wealth way beyond their official income? This is a question often asked. The call for “lifestyle audits” from a range of groups and from within the ANC itself, gets to the heart of the current crisis of leadership in the ANC-led government.
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    Made in China - innovated in Israel

    Mar 30, 2017 1 Comment
    Military checkpoints are never something to joke about. But I won’t quickly forget being stopped at one, years ago, in Algiers, Algeria.
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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    Ahmed Kathrada: a man of balance

    Mar 30, 2017 1 Comment
    Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada’s death on Tuesday follows the furore about Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s controversial tweets on benefits white colonialism brought to Africa. The two events are vastly different, but throw light on each other.
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    • Jeff

    Weapons cache wake-up call

    Mar 30, 2017 Go comment!
    From time to time, caches of illegal weapons are discovered in South Africa. Generally, the authorities have assumed the motives of those responsible to be criminal-related. However, if media reports are accurate, this does not appear to be the case concerning the arms cache discovered in Randburg earlier this week.
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    • MarkOppenheimer

    Human rights and missed opportunities

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The Knesset recently passed legislation that empowers the state to refuse entry to anyone publicly calling for a boycott of Israel. The law only applies in cases where the call could reasonably lead to a boycott being imposed.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    What do we look like in the world’s mirror?

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    With near-daily scandals rocking this country, it sometimes seems we are unravelling under blundering leadership. But we are not alone and not that bad compared to global citizens’ views on their own, ours and other countries.
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    • Jeff

    Our duty to safeguard our hard-won democracy

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    Last year a Jewish community delegation, headed by the SAJBD and comprising communal leaders, university students and day school learners, participated in the Human Rights Day commemorative events in Sharpeville, scene of the infamous massacre of anti-pass law protestors on March 21, 1960.
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    The winds of war are blowing

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    MIDDLE EAST - “No comment” - the two words journalists most abhor, but which with time have come to be interpreted as an admission of guilt; a tacit confirmation of the party being questioned. Ask an Israeli official if the country has nuclear arms and inevitably you’ll get the “no comment” answer. Ask if the country conducts military strikes in Syria, same response.
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    Russia the very active kid on the Middle Eastern bloc

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    MIDDLE EAST - Russian President Vladimir Putin once famously called the demise of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (last) century”.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Aliyah – the good, the bad and meshuga

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    It hasn’t even been two months since our family touched down in Tel Aviv and with increasing regularity I find myself saying: “It’s such a small world.” I keep on messaging my twin sister in Cape Town saying: “You’ll never guess who we bumped into today!”
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    It’s reckless for Israel to shut out critics

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    Amidst heated confrontations between Israel’s supporters and adversaries during Israel Apartheid Week on the Wits campus last week, there were also small clusters of students engaged in passionate debate rather than conflict.
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    Purim’s many parallels with Women’s Day

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    We have just celebrated Purim, one of the most popular and joyful holidays on the Jewish calendar.
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    • Jeff

    Mission accomplished for our Jewish students

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    At the time of writing my last column, “Israel Apartheid Week” had just started. I reported then that already there had been some acts of harassment and intimidation against SAUJS students on the part of the organisers.
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    • MichaelSieff

    Johannesburg, not Jerusalem

    Mar 16, 2017 Go comment!
    At the end of the very busy Purim day a message went out to the community saying: 3 608 generous donors; 2967 Jews in need reached.
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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    SA Jewry: Where has all the passion gone?

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    The Sinai Indaba conference last weekend has been lauded as a great success, as in previous years. Anybody who attended would have been struck by the excellent organisation, the international speakers’ high quality and their thought-provoking presentations about Judaism and Jewish-related topics.
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    Giving without a thought to receiving

    Mar 09, 2017 Go comment!
    With Purim this week, we marvel anew at the story of Queen Esther and Mordechai and the miraculous manner in which Hashem’s behind-the-scenes intervention brings salvation to the Jewish people. He was there all along, but hidden, quiet, unseen, as He so often is.
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