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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ‘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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    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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