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    • Vanessa

    The hijacking of our beloved press

    Nov 25, 2015 3 Comments
    Last week Thursday I was most alarmed to see the very bold headline on the front page of the Cape Times: “Israeli military chiefs face SA arrest” with a closely followed pull-quote that read: “I saw blood on the walls and three bodies wrapped in white sheets”.
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    • 2b-Letter4

    JVJP don't understand Mideast realities

    Nov 25, 2015 Go comment!
    I would like to respond to the letter in last week’s Jewish Report by Jewish Voices for a Just Peace. I believe that quite often Jews are extremists in different ways, probably because we are passionate people and we take issues to heart.
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    • Michael

    Now Paris linked to Mideast conflict

    Nov 18, 2015 1 Comment
    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein of Sweden, who came to South Africa this year to address the annual Limmud gathering, told the SA Jewish Report in an interview from Sweden that the comment by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström linking the Paris terrorist attacks to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was “just part of the all over cognitive dissonance that Sweden and Europe are suffering from”.
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  • Tarnished with the brush of the ‘Big Lie’

    Nov 18, 2015 Go comment!
    November 10 marked the 40th anniversary of the lowest point reached by the United Nations when, instead of combating racism, it became overtly racist, adopting and promoting the world’s oldest hatred, anti-Semitism. On that day, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution equating Zionism with racism.
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    • Geoff mugshot

    Embrace enemies – Can the unthinkable happen?

    Oct 28, 2015 3 Comments
    Two milestones occurred in the past two weeks: The twentieth anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination; and the provocative visit of a Hamas delegation to South Africa as guests of the ANC, where President Jacob Zuma’s warm conversation with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was publicised widely in the media.
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    • ANC HAMAS HOME

    Hamas in SA – not just a Jewish problem

    Oct 22, 2015 7 Comments
    Last Sunday the ANC told SA that Hamas had come calling. “Clearly having anticipated the reaction to the visit,” writes HOWARD FELDMAN, the government chose to keep from its citizens. Zuma met Mashal before anyone had time to object. “The clandestine nature of the visit in (and) of itself is enormously telling and one that ought to be noted, along with the very nature of Hamas itself.” Says Howard: "The ANC, it seems, has no idea who they are dealing with."
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    What should we tell our children

    Oct 21, 2015 3 Comments
    GEOFF SIFRIN poses this question in his popular and controversial weekly column TAKING ISSUE: What should an Israeli mother tell her young child as he leaves for school on the bus or his bicycle? The first priority is to keep him from harm. Should the message be: “Have a good day at school, and stay far away from Arabs!”
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    • 2a-David Saks stats

    ‘Truth’ belongs to those who shout loudest

    Oct 14, 2015 2 Comments
    Time will tell as to whether Britain’s Labour Party, following its unexpectedly heavy defeat in the May elections, has committed electoral suicide by choosing the dogmatic, old-school ultra-leftist Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader.
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    • Marks - RoRo HOME

    A Game of Thrones – Putin style

    Oct 01, 2015 Go comment!
    In the latest of her blogs, “Roro's Rantings: Aliyah, Israel and all that stuff”, Rolene Marks is at her best and, as always, quick-as-a-flash. ”A Game of Thrones – Putin style” will make you laugh and it will make you cry. This is an absolute must-read for anyone who has been following the fiasco in New York, Washington and the Middle East.
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    Working with dictators – chilling, but necessary

    Oct 01, 2015 2 Comments
    The amusing photograph published in South African papers this week of SA President Jacob Zuma cheerfully chatting on his cellphone while US president Barack Obama was trying to shake his hand at a luncheon during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, evoked entertaining comments on social media: Who was Zuma talking to, and why was that call more important than giving Obama full attention as he extended his hand?
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    Feminists don’t burn bras, but demand Torah

    Aug 05, 2015 3 Comments
    Orthodox women must make a call, writes Geoff Sifrin. Mention the word “feminism” and many people think of militant women in the 1950s burning their bras and aggressively attacking the male-dominated establishment for treating females as inferiors in education, careers, and so on.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    Why is Israel so happy if things are so bad?

    Jul 29, 2015 3 Comments
    With the constant stream of ugly headlines about Israel, threats from the ICC about possible war crimes investigations, and BDS’ worldwide success in fostering boycotts against it, one could easily conclude that Israelis must be unhappy and pessimistic.
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    • BDS - Madiba HOME

    BDS tries to reach SAJR users with video

    Jul 29, 2015 8 Comments
    Within an hour of JR Online posting “What Madiba said & meant” last week, quoting the actual speech of Madiba that anti-Israel proponents worldwide so liberally like to misquote, “BDS Works” and “Adam Levy” had availed themselves of SAJR’s liberal comments policy to post links, including one which is an edited version of a video which portrays Mandela as having anti-Israel leanings. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the unedited version shows. See what Madiba says in the actual unedited version of the 1990 Town Hall interview with Ted Koppel.
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    • Blumenthal Dr Ivor

    There’s room in public schools for Jewish learners

    Jul 28, 2015 3 Comments
    A decade and a half ago, as a board member of a Jewish institution, I found myself embroiled in a spat with a leading rabbinical figure over his insistence that Jewish children should only be in Jewish day schools writes IVOR BLUMENTHAL, pictured.
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    Board's David Saks has his say

    Jul 22, 2015 1 Comment
    What's immoral about inviting young people to come and see Israel for themselves? asks the SA Jewish Board of Deputies' David Saks
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    • Geoff mugshot

    Cultural vandalism: scourge of our age

    Jul 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Amid the cultural vandalism that confronts the world today, when precious artefacts and buildings have been gleefully destroyed by the likes of the radical Jihadists of Islamic State, the Taliban and their ilk, because they contradict the spirit of their fundamentalist beliefs, it is encouraging to note the instances where the opposite is happening.
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    Young people won’t be browbeaten

    Jul 22, 2015 1 Comment
    Picking up from where I left off last week, I was most encouraged to read the statement put out by the students who participated in the recent SA-Israel Forum fact-finding trip to Israel.
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    • 2a-David Saks stats

    Hollywood: Where have all the Jews gone?

    Jul 22, 2015 Go comment!
    Attendances at this year’s Sinai Indaba, if anything, exceeded the already impressive showings of previous years, while the forthcoming instalment of Limmud likewise looks like it is drawing capacity crowds.
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    The most misquoted of Madiba’s words

    Jul 22, 2015 1 Comment
    Jewish Report’s online editor Ant Katz challenges UKZN academic & PSF activist over an Op-Ed she posted in last Sunday’s Tribune. Katz unpacks the entire Mandela speech (which Madiba wrote personally), shows how well-disposed he was towards Israel, pulls apart some of Ms Nadvi’s statements – and concludes with the words: “I challenge you, Lubna Nadvi, academic and community activist, to go to Israel and Palestine with SAIF as the enlightened sixteen did, and let’s see what you think on your return.”
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    Israel’s nukes the guarantor of ‘never again’

    Jul 15, 2015 Go comment!
    Amidst all the diplomatic noise currently going on about Iran’s nuclear programme, and attempts by world powers to stop it achieving nuclear weapons, it seems strange to remember that South Africa was once a nuclear-armed nation - a pariah state armed to the teeth, with military sanctions imposed on it from the international community.
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