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CKNJ in forefront of aid to xenophobia victims

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The Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry (CKNJ), in partnership with the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco), is donating goods to local communities affected by the violence of the recent xenophobic attacks.
by ALANA BARANOV | May 13, 2015

The donations, raised by the local Jewish community, include goods from the Johannesburg Jewish community, transported to Durban by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies.

They will go to both victims of the xenophobic attacks as well as the deeply impoverished communities where the xenophobic violence broke out some weeks ago. By addressing the needs of both groups, the CKNJ hopes to build bridges and foster engagement between the communities, while assisting with access to resources.

The first handover took place on Monday May 4 in Umlazi, Section 5 and they will continue over the next few weeks.

The donation of goods is just one part of the CKNJ’s programme launched in the wake of the attacks. The Jewish community was intensely involved in the emergency relief that followed in the aftermath of the violence, assessing the needs on the ground and collecting funds and essential items for the various displaced persons camps and foreign nationals seeking safety in locations across Durban.

This was done in conjunction with international humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross as well as local partners like Refugee Pastoral Care at the Denis Hurley Centre, and is ongoing with a collection from the national office of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS).

The CKNJ attended the recent Peace March in Durban and the Anti-Xenophobia Imbizo organised by KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu. It is also a part of civil society networks like the multi-sectoral Hate Crimes Working Group which advocate against hate crimes and raise awareness about fighting against xenophobia.

 

2 Comments

  1. 2 kiru naidoo 14 May
    Most commendable.  Please let us extend the care to Palestinians displaced from their homes.
  2. 1 nat cheiman 14 May
    Naidoo's response is the precise reason I do not extend assistance to anyone other than Jewish people and animal charities.
    Non Jews must assist themselves because you have a mentality that goes around expecting assistance to all tyoes of humanity; even the migrants from Libya, Somalia etc. And what is more, people EXPECT this assistance. As in Naidoo's case. Help the Palestinians.
    Perhaps the Arab world is too busy fighting wars to assist the Palestinians, so maybe Naidoo can assist them. Certainly, I won't.

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