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ANC cadres show selective morality to “friend” nations

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On 22 June, the BBC presented a programme showing the human-rights abuses perpetrated by China on its Muslim Uighur people – how it deliberately separated children from their parents, and how it detained thousands of Muslim adults in “re-education” camps. The BBC investigation revealed China’s shameless use of apartheid practices including racial profiling and the detention of hundreds of thousands of Muslims against their will in secret camps, from which reports of torture and worse have been leaked.

The New York Times (28 June 2021) in an “investigative report” says that “Russian operatives in the Central African Republic (CAR) who had been billed as unarmed advisers are actually leading the fighting, including massacres of civilians”. The United Nations Security Council has documented Russian “mercenaries” killing civilians, looting homes, and shooting worshippers in a mosque in a major military operation.

The United Nations has well documented accusations of atrocities by these Russian mercenaries, who are blatantly committing human-rights abuses against unarmed civilians, including indiscriminate killings, looting, and occupying schools. All these crimes are corroborated by photographic evidence and witness accounts.

Reports tell of more than 2 000 Russian “advisers” in the CAR, and further reports reveal the forcible recruitment of child soldiers, sexual assaults on women, and regular indiscriminate shooting of civilians. Violations against citizens mentioned in the reports include, but are not limited to, rape, summary execution, targeted killings, torture, and forced disappearances.

In only one week, the most dastardly human-rights abuses by two of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) partners have been exposed, yet the various senior ministers of the African National Congress (ANC), who just a few weeks ago were incensed and vociferous about human-rights abuses against civilians, who led demonstrations at certain embassies, and who called for the severing of diplomatic relations, remain absolutely silent about the victimisation perpetrated by their “friends”.

The flagrant persecution of their African brothers in the CAR raises not the slightest comment, criticism, or even a modicum of concern by these ANC cadres. Isn’t it time for those like Jesse Duarte and President Cyril Ramaphosa to stand up for the morality they demand not only of selective countries, but of all?

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Tribute to a man who embodies Judaism at its best

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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.

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Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel

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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?

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US left’s outrage over Kabul bombing smacks of hypocrisy

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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.

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