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Be true to your title of rainbow nation

I’m addressing an open letter to South Africa’s Ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane.

I am writing this to bring to your attention two disturbing facts and my discomfort with them.



Letters/Discussion Forums

Moshe Mitchell (former Zimbabwean)

The first is the proliferation of xenophobic violence in the townships in South Africa. This is particularly painful to me as it is my fellow Zimbabweans, among others, who are the victims of this disgusting behaviour.

This is especially due to the fact that during your fight against apartheid, your leaders found shelter in the very countries whose nationals are now being abused on your streets.

The second matter pertains to the fact that your government criticised the Government of Israel for the mistreatment of African refugees, with which I concur, as we do need to treat them better. However, to use Christian terminology, it is wise to take the log out of your eye, before trying to remove the speck out of Israel’s. Israel does not burn people to death on the streets!

I want to make it known to your government that in this Internet generation such evil can be broadcast around the world in seconds and the world is watching.

Be true to your self-proclaimed title of a rainbow nation and stop the atrocities. Bring to justice those who inflamed the passions of the people into this great evil and stain on your nation. This includes investigating and bringing to justice the security services who have long abused their powers to selectively target foreign nationals.

Next, remind the people of their debt to the very people that they are killing and maiming.

I hope and trust that there will be a speedy end to this evil and that we will learn lessons from it so that it does not happen again.

I hope South Africa (soon) returns to normality, that she works on the problems that she faces instead of blaming others and that we see a cessation of this periodic violence against foreigners.


Moshe Mitchell (former Zimbabwean)



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  1. nat cheiman

    Apr 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    ‘In the unlikely event that Ngombane will [Offensive, removed  -ED] read your letter, he may say the following; Capitalists are bad people; our people are poor and hungry (like its our fault); we need transformation (which is African speak for trashing things)Foreigners take our peoples jobs (because they work harder and are more ethical); Apartheid was a violent system and we are violent because of apartheid; We just like the rest of the world hate Jews; The poor Palestinians have to bomb Israel because of all the injustice perpetrated by Israel; Hamas is a Liberation organization which fights for the Palestinians;We fought apartheid and will help the Palestinians overcome Israeli apartheid; Suicide bombers and Khaled Meshaal are peace loving people, it is only the Israelis that are war mongers; The whites have to share their wealth because it was because of black Africans that they became wealthy; van Riebeeck and Paul kruger, including Rhodes were horrific racists; The holocaust is over exaggerated;
    \nThere are many more fables and sewerage that the government can lay on the table.
    \nThe good news isthat we, as jews, are on our own and do not need this government or any other to help.
    \nSouth Africa is going the way of Zimbabwe and clever people like Zuma and his cadres are making hay while the sun is shining.
    \nHow I don’t envy them.’

  2. Ant Katz

    Apr 22, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    ‘Nat, I can only assume that you do not know Ambassador Sisa Ngombane. Anyone who does is aware of his educational and political prowess, his struggle credentials and his colour-blindness when it comes to SA Jewry. ‘

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”



I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?



“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick



I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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