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Did Trevor Noah have sex with that Woman

“Did Trevor Noah Have a Sexual Relationship With That Woman – and other important questions” is the title of Howard Feldman in his latest, hilarious opinion piece. “I believe that it’s time we asked Trevor Noah for a copy of his birth certificate. The world demands to know if he was really born in South Africa and not in Kenya as some have suggested?” he asks.

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And while we are at it I believe that it’s equally as important to know if he did inhale and if he indeed had a sexual relationship with that woman? Because truthfully I suspect he might have. I also think we need to understand if beneath that smiling veneer lies a radicalized Muslim extremist with evil plans to take over the world. One joke at a time.

Given the storm in the outrageously small teacup over a some “found” tweets that are clearly meant to be funny (even if they aren’t) over a 7 year period, one has to wonder if we have lost our politically corrects minds? At least I do. He is a comedian for Pete’s sake! And comedians play off stereotypes and laugh at perceptions and draw attention to them. And sometimes we shift uncomfortably in our seats and we say “Whoa that was too far. That was too close. That was too soon”. But that’s what makes them funny. Or not.

Trevor Noah is not an anti-Semite. Well until yesterday that is. He went to a high school in the Jewish area of Johannesburg attended by many Jewish kids, had multiple Jewish friends (yeah, yeah – “some of my best friends.”) performed repeatedly and Jewish functions in South Africa and was never, never known to be anti Semitic. I am all for naming and shaming. I am all for pointing out and calling out. But this time I am embarrassed by our collective reaction.

Yeah. I don’t like the tweets. Especially the one where he indicates that Israel is not peace loving. But primarily I don’t like them because they are not funny. And I would be much happier if he didn’t tweet them. But has to keep in mind that Noah is functioning as a comedian within a society that is inherently biased towards Israel, whose press is vehemently one sided on all things Israel and who at the time of his tweet about Israel had just reported on the Turkey flotilla incident in a manner that could not be interpreted any other way but negatively toward Israel. That is the social context. Should Noah, at that time a young twenty something year old, not yet that successful stand up comic have scoured the Israeli press in order to determine the other side? It’s a lot to ask in my view.

Unless of course our reaction is not towards Trevor Noah at all. And that maybe it’s a reaction to our disappointment in the guy that now resides in the White House. He too, at the time of his appointment, was a young Black guy, full of hope and potential and who has turned to be no friend of Israel. And who disappointed us and let us down. And had we only, at the time of his election, been more vigilant and more careful then maybe we would not be saddled with him today. But here’s the thing. Obama is not meant to be funny. He is not a comedian. He is the subject of one. And although celebrity status is a akin to political status, they are actually not the same thing. And I suspect that we are getting this all mixed up.

We need to be careful to not look for Anti Semites under every rock. We need to not convict some the past crimes of others and we need to make sure that we aren’t our own worst enemy. Mostly, we need to watch some of Trevor Noah’s shows, because he is really, really funny.

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

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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?

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“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

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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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