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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    SA Muslims and Jews must keep talking

    Sep 10, 2014 1 Comment
    For the average Jewish South African, it’s hard visualising the cruelties he is told are being committed around the world these days by people saying they are doing it for Islam, compared with his daily experiences here, including friendly encounters with most Muslim South Africans.
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    Limmud - an event for all seasons

    Sep 03, 2014 1 Comment
    A presenter at Limmud last weekend, Gidi Grinstein - president of Israel’s respected leadership think-tank, the Reut Institute - called Jews the “ever-dying people”. Jews possessed, he said, a sophisticated “architecture” of adaptability which ensured that if one part dies - as has happened many times in history through expulsion, persecution or otherwise - other parts adapt and thrive.
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    Achievers to astound and delight

    Aug 27, 2014 Go comment!
    When you invite an eminent person to be honoured for excellence at a high-profile function like the Absa Jewish Achiever awards, and ask him to say a few words to the 600-strong audience, implicit in the invitation is that he is free to talk about things he feels strongly about, whether pleasing to the crowd or not.
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    Concerning the chasm among SA Jews

    Aug 20, 2014 1 Comment
    Most South African Jews who read last Sunday’s biggest mass-circulation paper - which reaches hundreds of thousands of people and has an illustrious history as a crusading, gutsy paper in the SA media - were left with no doubts about how differently Israel and the SA Jewish community are perceived by many South Africans compared to how they perceive themselves.
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    Online rage versus cool heads

    Aug 14, 2014 1 Comment
    It’s oh-so-easy to join things on social media. One click and you’re in - a member of a club or group with any number of other members, most of whom you’ll never meet, and whose message - hateful, loving or anything else - can go viral in seconds. Thus also with online petitions and the special sites where one can create them.
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    Good for morale, but with many questions

    Aug 09, 2014 3 Comments
    The euphoria of the organisers of arguably the biggest pro-Israel rally ever in Africa, which last Sunday attracted some 10 per cent of South Africa’s Jewish population to Huddle Park, should not be allowed to conceal the reality on the ground: that in the broad context, Israel’s name is still pretty bleak. The rally won’t change that.
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    Which battles and weapons?

    Jul 31, 2014 2 Comments
    A prominent Jewish businessman gives generously to organisations supporting Israel and travels there frequently. But his company has many Muslim clients, and for the sake of his business he refrains from taking a prominent public position on the Israel-Palestinian imbroglio.
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    SAJR Editorial: The statement Pres Zuma hasn’t made - but should:

    Jul 23, 2014 Go comment!
    "Fellow South Africans: On behalf of the government and the ANC, I want to say to you: There are shocking things happening in the Middle East, in Gaza and Israel. There are protests going on all over the world, some turning violent, between supporters and opponents of Israel and the Palestinians."
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    Your reality and mine

    Jul 16, 2014 Go comment!
    The age-old saying that the first casualty in any war is the truth, applies equally today. One victim of the past two weeks in Israel is the sense that we actually understand what is going on - that our perception of reality is close to the truth.
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    A vicious merry-go-round

    Jul 09, 2014 Go comment!
    There’s not much we can do from the bottom of Africa about the new spin of the deadly Middle East merry-go-round taking off in Israel and Gaza, except worry.
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  • The worst neighbourhood in the world

    Jun 18, 2014 1 Comment
    “So? What’s new?” is the instinctive response to a talk by an Israeli security expert about how dangerous the situation in the Middle East is for Israel. That refrain has been heard a thousand times in the 66 years since its birth.
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  • Beggars and blankets

    Jun 11, 2014 Go comment!
    The barefooted beggars staring glumly into car windows at traffic lights, trying to catch the eyes of the driver, and the homeless people sleeping under bridges or on pavements in Johannesburg, faced extra hardship this week - freezing weather. So did the squatter population and shack-dwellers in townships around the city. Some have electricity; a significant proportion don’t.
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  • Stop shouting from across the oceans

    May 28, 2014 Go comment!
    With President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet in place and the electioneering hype over, we can return to pragmatism and the country’s best interests. ​
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  • The youth should challenge rigid views

    May 21, 2014 2 Comments
    Our opinions on what Israel should do don’t matter as much as they did a few decades ago. Israel is a strong, thriving country today.
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  • Pride and shame against the law

    May 14, 2014 Go comment!
    Bribe-taking seems to be so pervasive in South Africa these days - not just by traffic police, but by the most senior government officials - that we’ve almost become resigned to it and tend to turn the page and read something else when we see it in a newspaper. ​​
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  • Will the born frees keep SA free?

    May 08, 2014 Go comment!
    The 2014 elections have come and gone. We take them so much for granted today. Isn’t it incredible?
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  • Can one apologise for genocide?

    Apr 30, 2014 2 Comments
    If a former Nazi, his relative or friend, wants to express remorse for the slaughter of European Jews in the Second World War, to whom should he turn? The murdered six million cannot listen; living Jews cannot forgive on their behalf. ​
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  • What’s in a Nazi salute?

    Mar 04, 2014 4 Comments
    Why should we be offended at North West University (NWU, formerly Potchefstroom University) students giving the Nazi salute to welcome the head of their residence unit?
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  • Reclaiming Johannesburg’s inner city ...

    Feb 09, 2014 2 Comments
    Imagine the Johannesburg CBD in 10 years’ time as a place we again all frequent to shop, to browse, enjoy and relax in. A worthy goal.
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