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  • Appeal Court ruling could make hate speech more difficult to prove

    A ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last week declaring the definition of hate speech unconstitutional will have far reaching consequences for our community.

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  • Disbelief over anti-Semitism watchdog’s SA findings

    A respected international survey claiming a huge spike in anti-Semitic attitudes in South Africa has prompted shock and disbelief by experts in the local community who warn that the findings should be viewed with extreme caution.

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  • UN report calls BDS ‘fundamentally anti-Semitic’

    The United Nations (UN) has released its first comprehensive report on anti-Semitism, in which for the first time, it stipulates that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is “fundamentally anti-Semitic”.

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  • Shabbat horror as students held for ransom

    Internationally acclaimed South African cinematographer Lance Gewer was annoyed when his son and two friends didn’t arrive home early for Friday night supper last week. Little did he know that they had been kidnapped and held for ransom.

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  • Young SA women’s close escape from bus inferno

    On an ordinary Tuesday morning last week, Amanda Porter’s daughter Natanya phoned her twice in succession from Israel. Her blood ran cold. “We have a rule that if it’s an emergency, she must call again if I don’t answer the first time. I didn’t understand what she meant by ‘our bus caught fire’, but when she switched the call to video, we both watched as her bus burst into flames. It was surreal.”

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  • A barrage of rockets aimed at the Jewish state

    It has been days of mayhem and panic, with more than 250 rockets fired in Israel since Tuesday morning. This situation has been caused by retaliatory attacks after the planned killing in Gaza of a senior Islamic Jihad commander, who had intended unleashing mass bloodshed in Israel.

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    Is the curtain finally coming down on Netanyahu’s reign?

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    For the first time ever, Israel is being led by a prime minister under indictment. Fighting the biggest political battle of his life, Benjamin Netanyahu is holding onto his position as if his life depends on it. To some extent it does. Should he be admired – or not – for refusing to step down?
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    Settlement decision strengthens Israel’s bargaining position

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Suddenly, it seems as if everyone is an expert in international law. After United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday this week that Washington believes the settlements aren’t inherently illegal, everyone has been weighing in on the matter.
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    Rockets raining down on Israel from Gaza

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    I woke up at 08:00 on Tuesday to sirens blaring across Tel Aviv. Disconcerted, I looked out of my bedroom window to see the usual morning traffic screeching to an immediate standstill. Buses were pulling over, and frightened passengers were jumping out to lie down on the surface of the emergency lanes. I was still groggy with sleep and it took a few seconds to comprehend what was happening. I stumbled to the second bedroom that doubles up as a bomb shelter (according to Israeli law, all buildings built since the 1990s must have one), closed the heavy door, and waited. A few seconds passed. Then, finally awake, I remembered that I am a journalist and the last place I should be – literally and figuratively – is in the dark about what was happening. I ventured out.
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    • Paula

    Israeli government not the issue, occupation is, says Palestinian PM

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently sat down with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah to gauge his views on a range of issues including the Israeli elections.
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    • Paula

    Paralysed Israeli politics makes third election increasingly likely

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Unless something dramatic happens, the political scene in Israel is paralysed, and for the third time in one year, Israelis could be headed for the polls.
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    Israel heading for a third election

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Increasingly, it seems inevitable that Israelis will be heading into a third round of elections. Until now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to concede that he is unable to form a government. But at the same time, he has not allowed any other member of his Likud party to try to do so.
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    • Around the world

    World News in Brief

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    French parliament deems Israel hate anti-Semitism The lower house of France’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday that deems some forms of hatred of Israel to be expressions of anti-Semitism.
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    • Paula

    From Russia – with love and hate

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    My grandmother had a very clear worldview. Regardless of what was happening in the world, she’d ask if it was good or bad for the Jews. No doubt if she was alive today, she’d ask me – as many people do – whether Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East is good or bad for Israel.
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Chief Rabbi reiterates his call of a year ago for Jacob Zuma to stand down in this Pesach Video, likening the SA saga of today to our flight from Egypt 3329 years ago. “With that freedom comes a voice” he says. He will be marching in Pretoria on Friday.  

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    Be present for every Jew, everywhere

    Dec 05, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently returned from the annual Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim Conference (aka the Kinus) in New York, where the culminating banquet expressed the idea of being present for every Jew, everywhere.
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    How to bring blessing into your life

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    Man is a being with many needs. Not only materially but in many other areas – emotional, mental, social, biological, and spiritual. We are told that we must be “happy with our portion” (Pirkei Avot), yet we are created to be striving beings, seeking to increase and grow, and not stay as we are.
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    • Parshas Ki Tetze - Rabbi Yossi Goldman

    Love at second sight

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Why are so many marriages failures? And why do so many fail so soon after the wedding?
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    • ParshaRabbiSamThurgood

    Let trust be the message this Shabbat

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    This parsha continues with what Rashi (in his commentary to Gemara Gittin) calls Megillat Avraham, the Scroll of Abraham. The story of our great patriarch Avraham and matriarch Sarah takes place over 14 chapters in the Torah and certainly merits the title Megillah in its own right. The question, however, is: What is special about Avraham that he suddenly becomes this primary character in the story that Hashem tells us through the Torah?
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