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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    Risky politics: Bibi flatters pit bull Trump

    Jan 26, 2017 13 Comments
    The warm congratulatory message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent US President Donald Trump after his inauguration last week Friday - "Congratulations to my friend, President Trump” - highlighted the schism between Netanyahu and a major portion of world Jewry disgusted by the new American president; for them, his message was cringeworthy. He was definitely not speaking for the whole of Jewry, nor the whole of Israel.
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    • Chev

    Reciprocal relationships

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    We have all seen or heard the current media hype over new US President Trump’s foreign policies - the countries he will favour with reciprocal relationships, and those he won’t.
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    Board supports solidarity slogan: #WeRemember

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    Board of Deputies commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the interbational themw of the year: #WeRemember.
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    International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Jan 26, 2017 Go comment!
    We are honoured that one of the Board’s most esteemed leaders, Marlene Bethlehem, has been invited to deliver the keynote address at this Friday’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day gathering in Hanover, Germany. I have no doubt that she will do our community proud.
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    Farewell to a legend

    Jan 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Last year, we had the opportunity of looking back on and celebrating 175 years of Jewish communal life in South Africa. In doing so, we paid tribute to the many outstanding communal leaders, past and present, whose selfless efforts during those years did so much to build our community into what it is today.
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    Israel’s relations with Africa blossom

    Jan 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Relations between Israel and Africa, for so long on the diplomatic back-burner, continue to gain momentum in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trail-blazing visit to the continent in July last year.
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    Will this be the year of the toxic tweet?

    Jan 19, 2017 Go comment!
    Of the three state leaders most relevant to Jewish South Africans for this coming year, not one is particularly likeable or inspires confidence for a better world. United States President-elect Donald Trump, with no political experience, is like a schoolboy constantly looking for what outrageous thing to say next, but who prides himself on “straight-talking” and how he will make the world’s global superpower, America, “great” again.
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    Netanyahu tells media: Make me look good

    Jan 10, 2017 1 Comment
    Geoff Sifrin (pictured), compares the Gupta family with Israeli and other politicians in his popular weekly "TAKING ISSUE" opinion piece. The Guptas, he says have "their own newspaper and television channel, which presents positive news on Zuma and counters accusations against the family of influencing government officials for their business interests."
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    Dr Steinmeier’s disconnect with Israeli reality

    Jan 08, 2017 1 Comment
    Columnist Ron Jontof-Hutter takes a swipe at German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (pictured) over statements the latter made supporting John Kerry’s roasting of Israel at a news conference in Paris last month. Steinmeier, says the writer, “was proud that the European Maccabi Games were held in Berlin, even if he grossly exaggerated the number of Jews in Germany, or ignored the fact that participants were advised to use taxis and hide their Jewish identity.”
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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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    • Taking Issue Geoff Sifrin Home

    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: 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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