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Dual citizens: Bapela gets bloody nose from ANC

The government has moved to assuage concerns and seething anger in the South African Jewish community that it is considering abolishing dual citizenship, widely seen as an attempt to prevent young South African Jews from serving in the Israel Defence Forces.

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The government has moved to assuage concerns and seething anger in the South African Jewish community that it is considering abolishing dual citizenship, widely seen as an attempt to prevent young South African Jews from serving in the Israel Defence Forces.

Last week the Sunday Times broke the story that ANC international relations subcommittee chairman Obed Bapela wanted to see the country’s dual citizenship policy reviewed.

But on Thursday Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said there were “absolutely no plans” to review the SA Citizenship Act with regards to dual citizenship. This was followed by a statement by ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa stressing: “The status quo remains in terms of Home Affairs regulations on dual citizenship.”

On SABC radio Gigaba said SA legislation provided for South African citizens to serve in another country’s armed forces, on condition they did not take up arms against South Africa.

“We want to reassure South Africans that in terms of our national policies, we are aligned with the generally accepted practice by the majority of countries in the world who recognise dual citizenship,” Kodwa said.

Bapela was quoted in the Sunday Times as being concerned about SA citizens fighting in the Israel Defence Forces.

On Wednesday, Bapela told News24 that the party would be discussing the dual citizenship policy at its national general council next week, but his militancy seemed to have been toned down by Minister Gigaba as well as the ANC as a party.

ANC leaders are also expected to meet the Jewish Board of Deputies next week to discuss its concerns regarding this and other matters concerning the Jewish community.

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies early this week quickly reacted to Bapela’s announcement and this was followed by a measured denunciation by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein.

Bapela also hinted that the ANC’s national general council meeting next week, would besides the issue of dual citizenship, also discuss some companies with “ties” to Israel. It named Woolworths, Caterpillar and Cape Gate among others. Should these companies not agree to sever economic ties with Israel, they would be “named and shamed” before government would consider boycotting them.

The question of unconstitutionality has cropped up repeatedly, with constitutional lawyers maintaining that these proposed measures would not pass constitutional muster.

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  1. BDS WORKS

    Sep 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

    ‘Dual citizenship saga: ANC slams Chief Rabbi’s claims http://dlvr.it/C5jHzQ 

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SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist

The SA Jewish Report is looking for a journalist, who is passionate about and hungry for news and who writes both news and features beautifully.

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The applicant must to be tech savvy, comfortable online, on social media and in a newsroom. The applicant must have at least five years’ experience as a journalist and a relevant degree. Please forward your CV and an introductory letter to the editor, Peta Krost Maunder on editor@sajewishreport.co.za.  

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The SA Jewish Report wishes to apologise to Dr Yossi Unterslak, a specialist gynaecologist and reproductive medicine assistant at Vitalab, whose face and title was in an advert on the page three of our Rosh Hashanah edition this week. The advert just happened to be on the same page as “Johannesburg doctor guilty of unprofessional conduct”. I wish to place it on record that Dr Unterslak was on that page advertising his participation in Torah Talks and has absolutely nothing to do with the story about the doctor on the page.  The SA Jewish Report apologises to Dr Unterslak for any harm or unpleasantness that derived from the advert being on this page.  – Editor

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Jewish Guild Orchestra reaches out through sweet sound of music

A musical tour around the world was presented to residents of Golden Acres, Sandringham Gardens and members of Second Innings last Sunday by the Jewish Guild Orchestra.

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Jewis Guild Orchestra

Professor Brian Buch who conducts the orchestra and is also its musical director, had his appreciative audience clamouring for more. The Jewish Guild Orchestra, although founded in 1944, has still been able to retain its fresh sound. It okays a wide range of light classical pieces and its repertoire last Sunday ranged from the operetta Gypsy Baron by Johan Strauss to the all-time Neapolitan favourite, O Sole Mio.

Expenses of the orchestra are met by its 35 members themselves; they derive no income from its activities. The orchestra was named after its original sponsor, the Johannesburg Jewish Guild which no longer exists. Its founder was the late Dr Solly Aronowsky who served as musical director for 46 years. Its current leader is Dr Bernard Caplan.

The orchestra provides support for amateur musicians, irrespective of race or religion, to develop their skills to perform in public and to enhance their appreciation of music. It also plays to audiences who would not otherwise have access to light classical music, such as residents of old aged homes, the Red Cross, Hospice and the Cancer Association.

“One of our objectives is to provide performances through which we are able to assist various charities or to promote music appreciation among scholars,” says Buch.

“We welcome new players,” says Buch. “We need female vocalists, string and brass players. We need players who are at grade 6 level.”

* For further information, contact Dr Buch on (012) 348-8653 or 071-633-0869

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