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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Gauteng expresses confidence in Jewish leadership

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Delegates from a wide range of Jewish organisations in Gauteng came together at Beyachad in Johannesburg on 7 October for the biennial conference of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ Gauteng Council.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Ask the right questions before donating to charity

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    There is no easy way to write this, but I am going to give it a shot. Jewish South African donors need to exercise more responsibility when deciding which charities they support, based on how compliant the organisation is.
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    • Geoff

    Knowing us, knowing them, healing feels impossible

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    Sunday morning’s killing of Israeli employees by an Arab worker at the Barkan industrial zone in the West Bank, a zone punted as exemplifying how Israelis and Palestinians could work together despite political problems, shows again the conflict’s intractability. Will reconciliation ever occur between the sides, even in small doses?
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    • Milton

    Corbynites take a knock, but it could be a hollow victory

    Sep 20, 2018 1 Comment
    “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions, and religious facilities.” – Stockholm definition of anti-Semitism (2016)
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Curbing hate and delivering meals all in a day’s work

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    Two long-running hate-speech cases were successfully brought to finality last week, when the South African Jewish Board of Deputy’s (SAJBD’s) complaints against two prominent Western Cape political leaders, Marius Fransman and Tony Ehrenreich, were upheld by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). A great deal of sustained effort by our professional staff went into achieving these outcomes, for which I thank and commend them.
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    • Geoff

    Ku Klux Klan makes a ‘Trumpiant’ comeback

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    One puzzling aspect of this era is how to understand United States President Donald Trump. His administration has announced it will cut the last remaining channel of American aid to Palestinian civilians. This is the Conflict Management and Mitigation Program, which allows Palestinians – many of them youth – to interact with Israelis, through US funding managed by USAID.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Community in danger of becoming outrage addicts

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    We do love our moral outrage, don’t we? Nothing gets us quite as warm and fuzzy as good ‘ole fashioned, “how dare they!” does.
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    • HabonimShaliach

    Israelis and SA Jews need to stop and listen…

    Sep 06, 2018 1 Comment
    In recent times, there has been heated debate over the law of nationality. One can argue about the nature and essence of the law, but I do not want to argue about its social implications and the stormy debate about the results.
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    • Ilanit1

    Objective journalist a lone soldier in anti-Israel media war

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    What does it mean to be a journalist? How do you cover news fairly and accurately? Can you do so without bias or in a way that is objective?
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    • RichardPoplak

    Taking the poetic route to seeing our way forward

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    There were many odd and terrible moments that emerged from the Jacob Zuma rape trial, but one in particular has always struck me as quintessentially, ludicrously South African. On the final day of the proceedings, when Judge Willem van der Merwe delivered his verdict in that sing-song voice many of us have tattooed on our cortexes, he paraphrased a line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If.
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    • EfraimZuroff

    Netanyahu’s silence helps to hide Lithuanian Jewish genocide

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to address the dangerous issue of Holocaust distortion during his recent visit to Lithuania. To best understand the severity of this, we need to clarify the terms and potential hazards.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    A time of spiritual growth and renewal

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    The Jewish festive season, commencing this Sunday evening with Rosh Hashanah and ending three weeks later with Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, is almost upon us. From the sober, solemn introspection of the Aseret Yemei Teshuva – the ten days of repentance that culminate with Yom Kippur – through to the special joyousness that characterises Sukkot, it is a time of spiritual growth, celebration and mutual goodwill. This is the time for the proverbial “wiping of the slate” preparatory to embarking on a new stage of life in a spirit of hope and positivity.
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    • WIZO

    Mazaltov to female achievers who broke every glass ceiling

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    WIZO would like to wish a hearty mazaltov to all the achievers at the ABSA Jewish Achiever Awards who have contributed so greatly to the development and building of our country. In particular, the young women who made us proud as we witnessed so many of them breaking through every glass ceiling, something we encourage in all our facilities in Israel.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Our cup is half full, not half empty

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    To my much beloved South African community, This letter is for you, as much as it is about me.
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    • Geoff

    Just can’t take Jews out of Europe

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    In spite of all the filth in world politics today, at this time of the year, it is not only appropriate but necessary to see some of the positive things happening in Europe, the ancient home of major Jewish populations.
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    • STEVEN GRUZD ex SAJBD

    Will Israel’s African odyssey pay off?

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    Just 3% of Israelis feel that the country should prioritise relations with African countries, according to the 2017 Israeli Foreign Policy Index, an opinion poll produced by Mitvim, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policy Studies. The figure was unchanged from 2016.
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    • OPINION-4

    In shunning speakers, community mimics worst behaviour of BDS

    Aug 30, 2018 3 Comments
    The recent coercion of Limmud Cape Town to disinvite three presenters with links to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement raises serious questions about the commitment of some members of our community and institutional leadership to democratic modes of engagement.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    SAJBD’s 100-year ‘communal CV’ puts it on the map

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    The political and social environment in South Africa is constantly shifting, hence the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) must adapt to meet challenges as they arise. However things were done in the past, we must consider whether our methods remain effective in dealing with the issues facing us in our own time. But, because we focus on the present, we often forget how long the SAJBD has been part of Jewish communal life in South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    Lessons from Fukuyama: history is never boring

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    One historical marker in the South African mind is the iconic King Kong musical. It was a rebellion against apartheid which took the nation by storm in 1959, when the racist regime was tightening its grip.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Calm down to a mild panic

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    Seriously, can we just stop with all the Zimbabwe comparisons – unless they are accurate? Just like not everything is apartheid, and not everything is the holocaust, so not everything is Zimbabwe. And we actually need to get a grip before we all die from anxiety.
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