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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Filth, filth everywhere: who can you trust?

    Feb 15, 2018 Go comment!
    How do corrupt politicians cling to power even after being fingered? In Israel, something that shields Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been accused of corruption time and time again, is Israelis’ perception that he is tough on security, which is crucial in that neighbourhood. Although disliked and mistrusted by many, his security credentials win the day.
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    • Bagraim Michael HOME

    Will Ramaphosa really make a difference?

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a generally accepted belief that Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC leader, will finally bring some sanity to Parliament and the ruling party, in what’s been deemed as a case of new brooms promising to sweep clean. However,, with the current impasse over who will present SONA, this new broom does not appear to be meeting the public’s expectations.
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    • Jedwabne

    There can be no denying that the Poles were complicit in the Holocaust

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Poland’s Senate passed a controversial bill last Thursday that outlaws blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda insisted that there was no institutionalised participation by Poland or its people in the Holocaust, but did acknowledge that individual Poles took “wicked” actions against their Jewish neighbours.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Anti-Semitism in South Africa is low, but vigilance is crucial

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    Since the collapse of the Oslo peace process in September 2000, there has been an alarming rise in anti-Semitism globally, and the upward trend continues. Last year, our counterparts in the UK recorded more than 1 700 anti-Semitic incidents (145 involving violent assault) – the highest annual total on record.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Refugees – home is not where the heart is

    Feb 08, 2018 Go comment!
    When acrimonious debates arise in the Jewish world, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial intention to deport 38 000 African refugees from Israel back to Africa, voices from tiny Jewish communities such as South Africa seem very muted.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    First official SAJBD-EFF meeting

    Feb 01, 2018 Go comment!
    On Monday, the senior leadership of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) held its first official meeting with the executive committee of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Some may question why such a meeting took place, given how sharply the EFF differs from the mainstream Jewish community on many critical issues, not least the Israeli-Palestinian question. This, however, is to misunderstand the role of the SAJBD. As the elected representative spokesbody of SA Jewry, our mandate is to be the interface between our community and the greater society, particularly in the political sphere. We therefore seek to meet with constituencies from right across the ideological spectrum.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Politics: a feeble bridge over troubled waters?

    Feb 01, 2018 1 Comment
    As Cape Town’s Day Zero approaches, when the taps will be switched off, you hear South African Jews declaring smugly how different things might have turned out if politics had not prevented South Africa from using Israel’s water technology. South Africa and Israel are both arid regions and require innovation to avoid running dry. But punting Israeli technology is a distraction rather than a solution.
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    Israel’s economy is now much stronger than ours

    Jan 25, 2018 2 Comments
    In November, while preparing a slide comparing the size of various global economies for a presentation I was giving, I noticed that Israel was ranked higher than South Africa.
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    • DiddyMymin

    An Inhuman Trade

    Jan 25, 2018 1 Comment
    In Israel today there are 38 000 asylum seekers from East Africa, mainly Sudan and Eritrea. They fled from civil war, genocide, dictatorship and ethnic violence to seek shelter, refuge and protection in Israel.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Keeping Holocaust education relevant

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    In November 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27 – the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The text of the relevant UN resolution identifies two broad aims: one, to remember the six million Jewish and many other victims of Nazi tyranny; and the other, to encourage the development of educational programmes so as to prevent such acts of genocide from happening again.
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    • Sifrin Geoff HOME
    • Sifrin Geoff HOME

    Can Israeli film take on the monster of war and win?

    Jan 25, 2018 Go comment!
    What should someone who loves Israel feel about a film showing the Israeli army negatively rather than heroically – especially when the war against the country continues unabated, its enemies unrelenting in their desire to destroy it?
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    • mzoxolo

    Israel boycott lobby has captured foreign policy of the ANC and the state

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    The decision to downgrade relations overshadowed other international issues at the party’s national conference
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    • JosephGerassi

    Striking a Balance

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    In a world that’s ever more competitive, where getting into a top university has become the only measure of success for many communities, young men and women face challenges that previous generations never encountered.
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    • OpenLetterMatric

    An open letter to the class of 2018

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Dear Grade 12s My name is Galit Milstein and I matriculated in 2017. I write this letter in the hope that my experiences will help those who feel anxious about the coming year. It could also help make matric as productive as possible for you.
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    • ParshaRabbiWidmonte

    Our Country’s Keepers

    Jan 18, 2018 1 Comment
    Jacques Pauw’s book, The President’s Keepers, can leave readers either despairing or infused with hope, humility and a sense of being challenged to emulate a new league of moral heroes.
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    • GeoffEditorial

    The dirty business of politics and friendship

    Jan 18, 2018 2 Comments
    Amid the hot air sprouted by politicians during this December/January break, US President Donald Trump took the cake for something significant for South African Jews who consider themselves both Zionist and African.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Making our case to the ANC against an Israeli embassy downgrade

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    The new year is now well underway, with the beginning of the school year commencing this week. Once again, our Jewish day schools recorded excellent matric results. I congratulate our successful matriculants and wish them all success as they embark on the next stage of their lives.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A little more understanding

    Jan 18, 2018 Go comment!
    Some time ago, clothing store Zara marketed an item that looked like an overrun from the now defunct Auschwitz clothing line. Jews around the world were deeply offended that anyone could be so oblivious to their painful history. They were also perplexed because the item was really, really ugly. And so Jews protested and the product was removed. And no mannequins were harmed in the process.
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    • BenitaLevin

    Getting used to December not being the end of the year

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    December has always marked the start of the year end slow-down. For as long as I can remember, we’ve called it the silly season in the news world. Schools are about to wrap up the year, businesses start winding down their work load and final holiday plans are being confirmed.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev

    Looking back on an eventful, yet satisfying, 2017

    Dec 07, 2017 Go comment!
    This being my final column for 2017, I will take the opportunity of reviewing the year that has passed and some of the highlights of the work of the SAJBD during this period. For our country, it has been another eventful, often turbulent, period.
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