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    • abbas

    Middle East peace - is it action replay?

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    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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    • GiladSternKolIsha

    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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    • MarkOppenheimer

    Enabling artistic freedom and tolerance

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    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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    • RabbiWidmonteSAJewryinPolitics

    The voice of protest is the voice of Jacob

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    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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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Does ‘Never Again’ apply only to Jewish loss?

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    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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    • Jeff

    Changed Yom Hashoah format adds valuable new dimension

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    There were again excellent attendances at the Yom Hashoah gatherings organised by the Board in the various centres around the country.
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    • MichaelSieff

    The thing about money

    Apr 28, 2017 Go comment!
    After love, money is possibly the most talked about subject in the world. Acquiring it, owning it, spending it and sharing it, occupies an enormous amount of our time as adults and dictates much of our behaviour.
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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    Would the real journalist please stand up

    Apr 19, 2017 1 Comment
    Can the media be trusted? The New York Times this week criticised its own editors for sloppy journalism regarding how they dealt with an op-ed last Sunday by a Palestinian leader jailed in Israel. It coincided with a well-known South African online paper, Huffington Post SA, being slammed for a racist blog post headlined “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” written by someone who it was later shown did not exist.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Deafened by the dark laughter of our times

    Apr 13, 2017 Go comment!
    As anxious South Africans take sides for or against President Jacob Zuma and his clinging to power, it is often artists who show the true nature of the dilemmas. Ever since the worst days of apartheid, one of the best of these has been Pieter-Dirk Uys, who lampooned and enraged apartheid leaders such as PW Botha. His latest show at Montecasino last week, Echo of a Noise, shines a light on the torment of having to choose who you are and what you believe in as an individual or society.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • 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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    • davis

    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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    • IvorSarakinsky3

    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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    • china

    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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