ANC accusations about Israeli racism a case of the pot calling the kettle
Let’s take a deep look at apartheid Israel. Israel will have an Israeli Palestinian minister in the new coalition, eight Israeli Palestinian members of parliament, an Israeli Palestinian party, eight female ministers, and a female Ethiopian minister. The new government is one third Mizrahi origin (dark skinned), with 44 ministers and deputy ministers, with 17 ministers not of the ruling party (old government). Three totally different political parties make up the new government. Is this not democracy at work?
South Africa has a total of 61 ministers and deputy ministers; only one white minister, Barbara Creecy; only one white deputy minister, John Jeffery; with only one minister not from the ruling party. Which is the more democratic government?
Does Israel practice job reservation or to put it in modern terminology, broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE)? Nothing of the sort, as Israeli Palestinians are represented in every aspect of civil life from government, the judiciary, commerce, and industrial activity. No BBBEE scorecards are necessary for any position in Israel. No racial profiling for any state or private appointments is permitted.
Every civil and municipal department is staffed by Palestinian and Israeli personnel. Israeli Palestinians serve in the police and military at all levels up to staff officer, regardless of gender.
South Africa practices a stringent policy of affirmative action (a euphemism for blacks only) to the prejudice of minority groups. Racial profiling is practiced in government employment policy. So, who are the racists? Please will the African National Congress (ANC) care to comment on some of the above facts.
Does anyone remember the ANC government ever criticising its sister African country, Egypt, which shares a common border with Gaza, for destroying a 10km strip of housing along the border for “security” reasons. There was indeed a deafening silence from all quarters.
Again, the ANC government is at pains to condemn the eviction of six houses in the Sheikh Jarrah area where people had been illegally occupying the houses in defiance of a court order. But what do the ANC’s “Red Ants” do to whole communities who occupy land illegally? Is it a question of the pot calling the kettle black?
We live in a hypocritical world, but there is hypocrisy and “uber-hypocrisy”. Guess where the ANC fits?
Tribute to a man who embodies Judaism at its best
As the Torah observant manager of a busy food establishment and as a member of the Jewish community, I wish to give thanks and recognition to a pillar of righteousness.
Rabbi Yossi Baumgarten joined the United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) kashrut department more than 40 years ago, and gave the prime of his life to serve the community.
No factory was too far. No mashgiach question was turned away, even if called at 01:00.
Baumgarten addressed kashrut matters with integrity and honesty, and with a zest and energy that motivated and inspired all those who had the privilege and honour to work with him.
I once had the privilege of going on a trip with Baumgarten. The man is utter Judaism. From the way he treats others, to the way he ties his shoes and walks. His greatness is in his kindness, humility, and truthfulness.
The UOS kashrut department has been internationally recognised for decades as a result of the sterling input of Baumgarten, and this is evident by the many calls and messages he would field throughout the day from people all over the world. Whether it be a call from the Orthodox Union or the OK or Star K certification agencies, or a mashgiach or local housewife, the Jewish local community and the kosher world at large owe Baumgarten a debt of gratitude.
On behalf of the Mashgiach Association, we wish Baumgarten much strength and success in all his future endeavours.
Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel
Tali Feinberg’s excellent piece in the SA Jewish Report (2 September) titled Africa4Palestine Compares Israel to Nazi Germany, offers sufficient expert academic opinion to totally discredit this narrative that is the backbone of the organisation’s campaign. That crusade together with the continuous use of the apartheid canard has one goal only: the total destruction and delegitimisation of Israel. Both apartheid and Nazi myths carry powerful emotive connotations.
While these falsehoods are somewhat over-played and over-used, Israel’s defensive operations are what elevates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organisation’s attack to a crescendo. Just months ago, the world erupted in a show of anger, with hordes filling the streets of capital cities, admonishing only Israel during a conflict with the Hamas terror group.
Contrast that to the recent get together in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad poured congratulations on the Taliban for the takeover of Afghanistan and broke bread together. These Sunni terror groups, including Al-Qaeda, share an ideology of gender violence and misogyny, and support each other in multiple ways. Of course, the Taliban’s unmentionable barbaric treatment of women has been well documented and condemned by most of the world.
Those throngs of protesters voicing thunderous support for Hamas, the blood brothers of the Taliban, now manifest a deafening silence. Where is “the squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib? Not forgetting Jewish college students on the left, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.
Are those protesters oblivious to the plight of Afghan girls and women?
US left’s outrage over Kabul bombing smacks of hypocrisy
As the deadline for the evacuation of those desperate to flee the Taliban take-over of Afghanistan approaches, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) detonated two deadly suicide explosions in the airport precinct of Kabul, killing more than 60 civilians together with 13 United States (US) military personnel.
This tragedy as the events in Afghanistan unfold bought home the reality of having to contend with these types of contemptable and despicable atrocities that aren’t foreign to the Middle East – not to forget where suicide bombing originated more than 20 years ago.
The untimely deaths of the 13 US servicemen has had a profound effect on the psyche of the American public, whose outrage is expressed in most prominent press reports, and is a stark reminder of the dangers of foreign assistance to unstable areas around the world.
Why should American boys die while defending freedom and democracy, is a question on everybody’s lips.
Most Americans, from Democratic liberals to the Republicans, are outraged and incensed – about the only time that the two agree on anything. Even those high-profile celebrities, with the likes of “The Squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. Not to forget Trevor Noah and the Hadid girls, and of course, the left Jewish college students, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.
Just a short while back, these good folk were singing the praises of another organisation, the actual founders and inventors of suicide attacks, in fact showing no remorse whatsoever that such attacks are perpetrated against other democracies. In those cases, the perpetrators are the heroes, and the victims condemned by this coterie. Would this set be accused of hypocrisy? Surely not, given the outrage demonstrated today in the US.