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    Trump: No Palestine, Jerusalem not PA capital

    Jan 04, 2017 1 Comment
    In a new blog published today entitled ‘Trump’s team to PA: There is no Palestine, Jerusalem is not your capital’ – Ant Katz ponders the style of the Trump/media communications. But, he says, editors have to accept the unacceptable. He illustrates it in this story today: “There is no Palestine, and Jerusalem is not your capital… we would consider a US diplomatic mission in Ramallah...” READ THIS!
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    The hilarious back-story of the 'Saxonwold shebeen'

    Jan 03, 2017 Go comment!
    The hilarious back-story of the 'Saxonwold shebeen' is one of columnist Geoff Sifrin's best columns. A previous long-standing editor of SA Jewish Report, Geoff's weekly 'Taking Issue' column has a huge following - as do his other writings.
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    Urgently required: New management for SA

    Jan 03, 2017 1 Comment
    In his new blog: ‘Ridding ourselves of the ANC albatross’ popular Cape blogger, Prof Mike Berger, pictured, asks what needs to be done to break our descent towards social breakdown.
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    Israel not target of Obama’s UN ire, Trump is

    Dec 28, 2016 1 Comment
    In a new blog subtitled “Au Contraire”, JR Online editor Ant Katz, pictured, asks what Israel's government is playing at, as, he says: the fact that Barack Obama has taken this desperate move is quite transparently a shot over Trump's bough and not Israel’s. The PM is certainly no fool, says Katz. So, what is he playing at?
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    UN: wise counsel or anti-Israel vitriol?

    Dec 28, 2016 3 Comments
    Geoff Sifrin writes in his popular weekly column: “The uncomfortable truth is that (UN) Resolution 2334 is neither anti-Semitic nor anti-Israel” and that “crystal-clear message” was that: “For the community of nations, the settlements are illegal.” Read his latest column...
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    US unlikely to open Embassy in Jerusalem

    Dec 22, 2016 Go comment!
    In a new blog published today, JR online editor ANT KATZ explains the history and politics of the US moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    TAKING ISSUE: Potency of “place” for Jews

    Dec 21, 2016 3 Comments
    There is huge symbolism in US president-elect Donald Trump’s declaration that he will relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the epicentre of Judaism’s beliefs and holy also to Muslims and Christians. Jerusalem itself is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Arab conflict which has blocked peace negotiations, particularly regarding control over the Western Wall and the Temple Mount precinct.
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    Gerald Leissner: My mentor and friend.

    Dec 19, 2016 Go comment!
    MARLENE BETHLEHEM, pictured, pays tribute to a fellow communal leader and a giant of a man whom she describes as someone who "became my guiding light."
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    Hold tight for the fightback against sleaze

    Dec 14, 2016 Go comment!
    Geoff Sifrin asks: "Who better to ask about the direction South Africa is taking and whether it can reverse the corruption tsunami than jurist and Struggle stalwart, Justice Albie Sachs? He was one of the framers of the country’s constitution and a judge on the Constitutional Court charged with ensuring it is upheld by all."
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    But some of my best friends are black!

    Dec 08, 2016 Go comment!
    One of the ugliest racial incidents of 2016 occurred last month when two white farmers near Middelburg sadistically forced a young black man into a coffin, pushed the lid down and threatened him with setting the coffin alight, because he took a shortcut over their farm. They videoed their act and put it on YouTube, with the victim’s terrified cries clearly heard on the soundtrack.
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    It was a year the Board made its presence felt

    Dec 08, 2016 Go comment!
    As has become traditional with the year’s final Above Board column, this space will be devoted to looking back on the year that was and how the SAJBD responded to the challenges and opportunities it provided.
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    What does it take to become a native?

    Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment
    Will Jewish and white nerves be calmed and urgent immigration papers for Australia and Canada be withdrawn now that EFF leader Julius Malema has clarified that under his party’s land policies whites may own land in South Africa and will not be “driven into the sea”?
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    Thank goodness for Zuma!

    Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment
    President Jacob Zuma has been widely criticised by large sections of the public, the parliamentary opposition, trade union federation Cosatu and even factions within the ANC. He has been accused of being corrupt, inept and indifferent to the welfare of his country.
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    Jewish groups fret as Republicans retreat from two-state solution

    Nov 23, 2016 1 Comment
    In recent months, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have each emphasised what in recent years hardly needed emphasising: mainstream Jewish support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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    Boks would lose to Hebrew U these days

    Nov 21, 2016 1 Comment
    Jeremy Gordin says the Boks, like the Fallists, are simply advancing the decolonisation agenda - and rambles whimsically on matters of politics. He recounts how a friend told him: “F--- me. The Boks would lose to the Hebrew U these days.”
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    • Daniel Silke

    SA’s choice: Self-interest or national interest

    Oct 19, 2016 1 Comment
    In an insightful new op-ed, Daniel Silke says the deep nexus between poor political performance and poor economic performance is now symbiotic...
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    Taking Issue: Tutu dares to allow assisted dying

    Oct 13, 2016 2 Comments
    For people suffering unbearably, says Tutu, “immeasurable comfort” is afforded by knowing assisted death is possible.
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    The smell of vrot banana

    Oct 13, 2016 Go comment!
    Read this marvelous op-ed by Jeremy Gordin on what a simple task, like trying to get a book delivered from overseas, says about the state of SA...
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    Taking Issue: Can Israel, Palestine beat deadline for peace?

    Oct 05, 2016 Go comment!
    In his Taking Issue piece, Geoff Sifrin asks whether Israelis and Palestinians will beat the upcoming deadline of 50 years of existing in an occupier/occupied relationship in the West Bank and Gaza and finally resolve their issues.
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    Things fall apart: Time for the centre to hold

    Oct 04, 2016 1 Comment
    VARSITY CLOSURES: Mike Berger says Max Price & Co have bought into the Pandora's box of grievances, only to find that these are infinite. Berger says the key existential challenges confronting our universities - and the country as a whole - can only be dealt with by holding the centre. Read why...
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