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    How Gaza won their war so well

    Jan 14, 2015 10 Comments
    In this, the first of a two-part sub-series on anti-Semitism, Ant Katz postulates that Israel, by no option or volition of its own, put Diaspora Jewry in peril by being goaded into losing Operation Protective Edge so badly to an enemy that wanted its blood and guts spilled as a means towards a strategic goal it was ready for… The Gazans and their masters got everything they wanted out of what would always become a horrible war, because that is exactly how they had planned it...
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    A dozen from the doyen – latest & best reads

    Jan 07, 2015 1 Comment
    Bev’s off to France for a week to meet her newest grandbaby – so she gave us a full dozen of the best Zionism reads around to keep us going until 21 January. Print them out – they make a great Shabbos read.
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    Think outside black box says Maurice

    Jan 07, 2015 Go comment!
    “Outdated data systems must push us to think outside the black box” published in Australia Mon, Israel Tues and SA today. Impressive indeed, MO.
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    The modern-day miracle of Israel

    Jan 07, 2015 1 Comment
    US syndicated TV & radio host, media owner, columnist, Conservative political activist, Christian leader and entrepreneur writes a heart-warming op-ed on his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. “How radically different the entire world would be if Israel were at peace with its neighbours in the Middle East,” he writes. “In fact, consider the multitude of benefits to all of humanity and the thought becomes as exciting as it does overwhelming?”
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    • Rabbi Shmuel Bloch

    Are Yeshivas only for Rabbis?

    Jan 05, 2015 6 Comments
    On December 9, 2014, Kirk Douglas celebrated his 98th birthday. One of the great actors of the 20th century, Kirk describes in detail his early life in his first biography, “The ragman’s son”. Kirk, whose real name is Isser Danielovitch, was born to Jewish parents, and grew up as a poor child in Amsterdam, New York.
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    'The perpetuity of online journalism'

    Dec 25, 2014 1 Comment
    Katz' new blog: Tutu-Reich destined to remain omnipresent like respected ombud bitten by his own prophecy last week
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    'Gam zu l'tova' and the Knesset

    Dec 17, 2014 1 Comment
    “When the dire predictions that the ‘Jewish state’ bill threatened to bring down Israel's fragile coalition were actually realised,” writes Maurice Ostroff from Israel, “I was consoled by a lesson I learned from my late dad…”
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    Defying stereotypes – Jewish women athletes

    Dec 17, 2014 Go comment!
    The image of a burly female athlete rotating within the confines of a small circle before releasing a heavy missile with a primal scream would generally be considered an unlikely portrayal of a Jewish female. It is, however, in the throwing events, that Jewish women have compiled an astonishing Olympic record, dominating both the shot and discus, over the 5 decades between 1928 and 1980.
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    “Who killed the Baal Teshuvah?” asks R. Michal

    Nov 26, 2014 3 Comments
    A Baal Teshuvah is usually defined as someone who was not brought up in a religious home, yet as a result of either internal searching or external influence, he or she becomes religious. Today we have many thousands of Baalei Teshuvah who have merged and blended in to established religious communities throughout the world.
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    JVJP disingenuous on BDS' JVP stance says Coetzee

    Nov 23, 2014 5 Comments
    Jewish Voices for a Just Peace is “not what it says on the tin” writes Michael Coetzee, who fails to see where the group’s sudden “we never said we support BDS” stance comes from. “That's certainly the impression they created with their public and Twitter behaviour,” Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, told SA Jewish Report. He also sent us a-googling to trace what he feels are their evident links between with the JVP, something the SA organ also emphatically denies.
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    Bet David Rabbi pitches in on Prog/BDS issue

    Nov 19, 2014 2 Comments
    Having been “inundated with requests as to my position on the so-called ‘BDS question’,” R Margolis says: “I stand for SIT…”. She submitted this great op-ed for publication in Jewish Report in which she suggests all need a paradigm shift in thinking after our generations-long focus on the dark clouds gathering around us. “We are constantly bickering … either caught up in - or at the centre of - one conflict or another… We have been consumed with a vicious circle or spiral of generational guilt, hurt, anger and conflict,” writes Rabbi Margolis. READ THIS PIECE
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    Shaw on meeting Kenneth Meshoe

    Oct 29, 2014 3 Comments
    Barry Shaw on his conversation with Reverend Meshoe. Barry is a regular contributor to the SA Jewish Report website and an an accomplished author.
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    The Lancet brouhaha & scientific integrity

    Oct 29, 2014 1 Comment
    The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, and its owner both stand to lose much of their lustre if a serious controversy is not resolved very soon over publication of an objectionable unscientific open letter. Retraction will ensure their integrity by warning readers that when it is discovered that material containing unreliable or inappropriate content has been unjustifiably published and it is obvious that the Lancet's high reputation will be seriously tarnished if this offending letter is not retracted.
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    Ostroff’s open letter to Alon Liel, et al

    Oct 18, 2014 Go comment!
    Dear Alon Liel, I too, would sign your letter urging British MP’s to recognise a Palestinian state if… Read what the eloquent expat-South African Maurice Ostroff has to say and see the video of HAMAS leader Meshaal replying to CBS in July that he does not recognise Israel's right to exist as a Jewish State.
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    Political anti-Semitism threatens SA Jewry

    Oct 08, 2014 2 Comments
    A Jews under attack by use of political anti-Semitism (a-S) as Alliance exploit wave of tensions. ANC WC head’s ‘nose-picking’ Jews; ‘Shoot the Jew’ at Wits; Ehrenreich invites Jews supporting Israel to leave SA; ANCYL picket SAJBD conference; Mantashe calls Israel’s founding a ‘crime against humanity’; Noo Gov’t condemnation; Jewry gets private assurance “a-S will not be tolerated”; Not since Nazis has SA Jewry felt more threatened; Strong parallels of political a-S or ‘politics against the Jews’ as when Nazis came close to annihilation of Jewry. מה לעשות?
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    Animal cruelty and the ritual of kapparot

    Oct 05, 2014 8 Comments
    Prof David Bilchitz (pictured) & Candy Ristic of Chicken Rescue & Rehab SA submit a letter saying there is a more humane way to celebrate
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    Between democracy & anarchy by Moshe Arens

    Sep 16, 2014 Go comment!
    What would the state of the Palestinians be if the aim of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria and Gaza were to become reality? Less than 100 years after being created by Messrs Sykes and Picot, the Syrian and Iraqi nations are gradually disappearing from the roll of nations. The Palestinians, as a national entity, are a newer creation – their origin dating back to the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1964. This was published by one of Israel’s greatest minds, Moshe Arens, on his own website today,
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    ANC, allies, support retail boycott

    Sep 15, 2014 13 Comments
    Alliance resolves to step up boycott, calls on transport workers to refuse to handle Israeli goods to SA or SA goods going to Israel. BDS gloats, of course. At a meeting of the secretaries and deputy secretaries of all Alliance partners on Friday September 12, the ANC, SACP, Cosatu and anco resolved to “heighten” their campaign “aimed at boycotting and isolating Israel as a state founded on the basis of apartheid.
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    SAJR apologises for Hitler insult to Tutu

    Sep 12, 2014 24 Comments
    The SAJR would like to apologise for the publication of an opinion piece that compares Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to Hitler. The paper apologises to the Archbishop and the offending piece has been removed.
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    • Ben Levitas

    Final nail in the coffin of Multiculturalism

    Sep 10, 2014 6 Comments
    ROTHERHAM – “Men of Pakistani heritage treated white girls like toilet paper. They picked children up from schools and care homes and trafficked them across northern cities for other men to join in the fun. They doused a 15-year-old in petrol and threatened to set her alight should she dare to report them. They menaced entire families and made young girls watch as they raped other children. These truly horrible things happened in our country – not in the distant, cruel past, but as recently as last year.”
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