Threats don’t dampen excitement for Peres’ visit
Predictably, local anti-Israel activists have vociferously lobbied the National Prosecuting Authority to arrest Peres when he arrives here, as a war criminal and the communal leadership and embassy officials have similarly lobbied against it.
“This is a man of peace,” said Jewish Board of Deputies Vice-Chairman Zev Krengel this week. “There is no warrant for his arrest; this is merely a case of our enemies trying to bully us.”
“For (those against Israel), whatever Mr Peres has to say is irrelevant – the very fact that he will be here as a representative of the hated ‘Zionist entity’ is enough for them to wish to silence him,” SAJBD National Chairman Jeff Katz, said.
Communal leaders say that they do not believe that any appetite exists on the part of South Africa to create a diplomatic incident. “For our part, we will strenuously oppose any attempts at censorship or intimidation and do everything we can to make the visit a memorable success,” Katz said.
“This, more than ever before, shows the real intentions of our enemies,” Krengel told Jewish Report. “No-one in Israel has done more for the Palestinians than Shimon Peres.”
The legendary Israeli pioneer will be on his second visit to this country.
Peres, even in the darkest times, has never wavered in his commitment to working for peaceful co-existence between Israel and her neighbours.
In addition to addressing the Jewish community on Sunday, Peres will be having a number of official and media interviews.
Police and security officials will be on hand to deal with any possible threats and tickets are still available for Sunday’s public address at R200 for adults and R100 for students and pensioners. To book, call Lisa on (011) 645-2503 or
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