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ANC advantaged by keeping youth in dark

The 16 young ANC-affiliated students and business leaders should be commended for their bravery in going on a recent fact-finding trip to Israel. They are brave, not only because they knew the anti-Israel sentiment that many ANC leaders and (all) BDS supporters hold and that they would be chastised for their trip.

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Michele Engelberg

But they are also brave to challenge their own beliefs about Israel that these two organisations had no doubt previously influenced.

Of course the ANC-“aligned structures” and BDS don’t want South Africans to travel to Israel. Seeing is believing and if they were to actually observe Israeli society, they would see that the apartheid analogy is a myth.

Now that these youths are back, the forces at work are trying to intimidate and bully them. They cannot be changed now. They know the truth! They have seen and experienced Israel and know that the BDS has been “hiding the truth from them” and many others.

Perhaps this will be another catalyst that will take votes away from the ANC. The DA has at its helm a new leader – its first black leaders Mmusi Maimane. He said he left the ANC after coming to believe that its driving goal was to preserve its members’ interests.

This clash over a mere 16 young South Africans visiting Israel, falls right into the same category of these organisations looking after their own interests and keeping the public in the dark (literally these days!).

But true leadership requires that one look inward and acknowledge that one has responsibilities to others, and in that truthful acknowledgment, one can explore and admit to being mistaken and to changing one’s rhetoric.

 Johannesburg

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  1. nat cheiman

    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    ‘BDS and ANC want people to see Gaza because that where the ANC are taking this country. BDS don’t care about the ANC . The ANC is a useful ally at the moment and BDS will eventually turf them out because they are infidels. Meanwhile back at the ranch the BDS and its allies are going to have sore rectums because all over the world people are sick and tired od BDS, migrants, terrorists, radicals and lunatics that want to make a point by wearing bomb vests etc. Apart from the fact that Israel is not too far away from kicking Irans a*se.

    That in itself will make BDS disband. COWARDS.’

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Disparaging image contributes to stigma about weight

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The article by Mirah Langer, “How COVID-19 lockdown turned eating upside down”, SA Jewish Report, 29 April, was well written, highlighting how people are struggling to maintain a healthy relationship with food and their bodies since the lockdown.

Unfortunately, the original online and print versions were accompanied by an awful image – one that perpetuates weight bias and weight stigma. I was relieved to see that the online image had already been changed by Friday, 30 April, however, the awful image made it to print.

I’m therefore writing this letter to educate those working in media and healthcare about the dangers of using images that depict people in larger bodies in a disparaging way as it contributes to weight bias and stigma. Weight bias is defined as negative, prejudiced attitudes about weight, with overt manifestations of weight stigma and discrimination.

Unfortunately, weight bias and stigma have a psychological and physical impact on health, contributing directly to anxiety, depression, disordered eating behaviours, high blood pressure, high cortisol levels, and systemic inflammation. To the person responsible for changing the image online so quickly, thank you for a job well done! – Gayle Landau, Registered non-diet dietician and certified intuitive eating counsellor, and member of Non-Diet South Africa for healthcare professionals

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Looking for descendants of Lithuanian great-grandfather

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I would be grateful for any information a reader may have as I search for descendants of my great-grandfather, Eliahu Zvi Bloch, a Kohen who lived in Anassisic/Anusshishok, Lithuania, near the Latvian border, from roughly 1820 to 1900.

My grandfather, Elchanon, the son of Eliahu Zvi and his third wife, Sarah Oralowich, who grew up in an orphanage, is the only one of the family who emigrated to the United States. I recall hearing that some of Elchanon’s siblings or half-siblings emigrated to South Africa in the first half of the last century.

I know very little else. I believe the family migrated to Lithuania from Germany around 1750 or 1800, that Eliahu Zvi’s father lived to be 100, and that Eliahu Zvi was 66 years old when my grandfather was born. It’s possible that some family members migrated to Israel, either prior to statehood or after living in South Africa. I would welcome any information, even if marginally related to my family, such as knowledge of life in Anassisic/Anusshishok. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, and can be reached at farrellbloch@aol.com

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Only those on the frontline should be vaccinated

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I read in dismay of doctors, often in private practice who never see a COVID-19-positive patient, who are rushing off with their wives and administration clerks to get to the front of the queue to be vaccinated. I see psychologists and other allied professionals flaunting the fact that they have been vaccinated or elbowing their way to the vaccine table.

While this happens, nearly a million health workers in the public sector who are actually dealing with COVID-19-positive patients in surgery, anaesthetics, intensive-care units, and emergency departments, treating patients with hands-on care, haven’t yet received their vaccinations. These are the frontline workers who are at risk. These are the doctors, nurses, and allied professionals who are dying. They aren’t there for the glory or the large salary but because they are committed to making a difference, to healing, and to contributing to a better world. I urge all of you who aren’t dealing directly with patients who breathe, cough, or spit at you, who can treat patients while maintaining a social distance and wearing masks, not to rush to the front of the queue. Leave the limited supply of vaccines for the real frontline workers. Everyone will get a vaccine. You may have to wait a few more months, but in the meantime, you can take precautions and be safe.

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