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    • SA Jewry

    In search of the secular

    Mar 23, 2016 Go comment!
    At Pesach, when both secular and religious sectors of our community get together to celebrate Jewish continuity, tradition and freedom from slavery, we should also remember to celebrate our diversity.
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    What will it take for President Zuma to resign?

    Mar 23, 2016 1 Comment
    With hardly a threshold of impropriety left uncrossed, one has to wonder what it will take, if anything, for President Jacob Zuma to resign or to be recalled by his party.
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    The state remains vulnerable

    Mar 23, 2016 Go comment!
    It was no surprise that President Jacob Zuma’s presidency survived the ANC National General Council last weekend. The NEC is still indebted to the president and largely survives on his coat tails.
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    Guptagate: Beware the ethnic slippery slope

    Mar 23, 2016 3 Comments
    Wily politicians are adept at turning popular frustration about poverty and social ills against convenient targets to suit their aims. What might happen if rage against the Gupta family for their “state capture” were to take on a broad anti-Indian tone?
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    GUEST BLOG: On the origins of 'racism'

    Mar 16, 2016 1 Comment
    Guest blogger Dr James Myburgh, publisher of Politicsweb.co.za, examines the common belief that 'privileged' racial minorities can never be victims of this type of evil – in other words, blacks in South Africa can’t be racists any more that Arabs in the Middle East or Kurds in Turkey.
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    ‘You’re basically invisible unless you’re white’

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Political battles between those who would make a kleptocracy of this country - epitomised by President Jacob Zuma’s cronies in powerful positions feeding at the trough without doing their jobs - and stalwarts in the ANC and elsewhere wanting responsible government serving the people - like Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan - is one cause of the major disillusionment prevalent among citizens today.
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    Has Palestinian issue hijacked SA foreign policy?

    Mar 02, 2016 2 Comments
    Regular SA Jewish Report readers might feel that South African foreign policy has a preoccupation with Israel and the Palestinians. This newspaper is frequently filled with anti-Israel activities, from public protests to poisonous pronouncements from the Union Buildings or Luthuli House.
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    Budget keeps downgrades at bay - for now

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Of all the many ideas Jewish people have bequeathed to mankind over the centuries, prudent fiscal policy is perhaps the most overlooked and underappreciated. Joseph after all was the first and possibly greatest finance minister in recorded history. Back in biblical times already, he understood the importance of the business cycle and the need for what economists today call counter cyclical fiscal policy.
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    Could Zuma go to jail, like Olmert?

    Feb 17, 2016 1 Comment
    The cynicism of politics and self-serving public officials was given a welcome slap in the face in the past two Tuesdays in South Africa and Israel. In both countries, democratic values and the rule of law triumphed despite the ducking and diving of sleazy politicians.
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    • Vanessa

    Please Mr President - don't pretend

    Feb 10, 2016 1 Comment
    This week we will be listening closely to the voice of our president when he delivers the State of the Nation Address. You may have heard his Thursday speech by the time you read this, but even so, I am willing to take bets that we WILL witness some of the usual disruptive antics from the enfant terrible Julius Malema and his cohorts.
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    South Africa: dark clouds over a Diaspora dream

    Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments
    If the Jews do one thing well, it’s to imprint their mark on new lands. And if that imprint describes one pattern, it would be some black punishment for their trouble. As dark night follows bright day, this has been the law of exile.
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    Beware the seduction of populist thugs

    Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments
    The country’s decline under President Jacob Zuma leaves South Africans between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, their intense desire to be rid of him for corruption, inept government, allowing state institutions to be manipulated by the Gupta family, etc. On the other, fear of the thuggery overtaking SA politics in response to his tenacity in holding on to power, epitomised by populist politicians like EFF leader Julius Malema.
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    Roro's new blog on Holocaust Remembrance

    Jan 27, 2016 Go comment!
    Never again means never, ever again. Am Yisrael Chai. "Whole communities, brilliant scientists, educators, artists, musicians and potential future finders of cures to disease and contributors to the world were wiped out because of an idea,: writes Rolene Marks passionately. "Fueled by words and perpetrated by an educated mass that were whipped into a frenzy of hatred." Read Roro's latest blog which adds to our offering on World Holocaust Day...
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    Dancing across President Street

    Jan 27, 2016 2 Comments
    The words “white privilege” have become the ultimate slur in the ugly racial mudslinging of recent months. Just for a change, it’s worth looking at what some people have done with that white privilege.
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    'No one asks why Jews are killed' - Hebdo editor

    Jan 07, 2016 1 Comment
    Bataclan Theatre has ties to Israeli Jews, writes Hebdo editor Gėrard Biard. “We are so used to Jews being killed because they are Jewish. This is an error, and not just on a human level. Because it’s the executioner who decides who is Jewish,” he wrote in a special issue published yesterday to commemorate the anniversary of the Paris massacre. “When Jews Are Killed, No One Asks Why.” On November 13 (when 147 were killed in Paris attacks) “was the proof of that. On that day, the executioner showed us that he had decided we were all Jewish,” writes Biard,
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    • BDS Bug Out

    What the letters B, D & S actually stand for

    Jan 04, 2016 3 Comments
    BDS tries to have its agenda adopted by universities, churches, unions, rights organisations & community groups. It co-opt minority affinity groups, & others, also well-meaning people who are frustrated with the lack of progress in the peace process, angered by some of the actions of the Israeli government, or just want to take action to impact the political deadlock between Israel and the Palestinians. But, writes ALLAN GALE in this op-ed: “The movement’s approach impedes a just outcome and offers a distorted, intolerant and one-sided picture of a complex situation.”
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    Suffer the Children is writing one can feel

    Jan 03, 2016 Go comment!
    In a new blogpost entitled “Suffer the Children” today, SA ola Rolene Marks, reflects that “in a conflict situation or time of war, it is always the children who suffer. Our hearts have broken over the images of refugees from Syria or starving African children and who can forget the harrowing image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach?”
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    BtS and their ilk only serve to feed BDS’ fire

    Dec 31, 2015 1 Comment
    “A new storm is brewing in Israel” today, writes Shaun Sacks, an expat oleh and researcher at NGO Monitor in an opinion piece, “focused on the impact of political NGOs and ‘civil society’ groups that receive funding from foreign governments". He quotes the example of “Breaking the Silence” - an NGO comprising former soldiers, which publishes testimonies from combatants claiming to have witnessed or heard about wrongdoings during their military service – and on the harm they do.
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    Israel’s mission in UAE: good news or bad

    Dec 13, 2015 Go comment!
    In an op-ed piece, ANT KATZ ponders over the historical move by Israel to open its first official, visible mission in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates UAE, in the coming weeks. The mission, which will open under the auspices of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), may or may not be a "diplomatic" one. Israeli daily, Haaretz, broke the story 10 days ago.
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    Temple Mount status quo - the reality

    Dec 02, 2015 Go comment!
    Noted academic Nadav Shragai is our guest blogger this week – he offers some basic truths about the “status quo” on the Temple Mount – cutting through the false parables like a knife through butter. The picture at left is what lies at the heart of the matter – showing Jews praying at the Kotel and looking up at the two mosques above. This is a great read!
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