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    Cyril drops Bantustan bombshell at African Union Summit

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that Donald Trump’s much-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded him of the “Bantustans” (so-called homelands, fractured territories established for black South Africans by the apartheid regime).
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    Meeting of interfaith minds

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish communal leaders including Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein and South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn, as well as Reeva Forman, Sheri Hanson, and Danny Mofsowitz from the SAJBD, attended a meeting of faith-based leaders at the Union Buildings on 6 February.
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    Electricity scarcity likely to be followed by water

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    While load shedding may deprive us of electricity on a day-to-day basis, the damage it’s doing to the water infrastructure may be irreparable.
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  • Cyril drops Bantustan bombshell at African Union Summit

    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that Donald Trump’s much-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded him of the “Bantustans” (so-called homelands, fractured territories established for black South Africans by the apartheid regime).

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  • Rat cartoon exposes BDS anti-Semitism

    A cartoon on social media depicting Jews as rats has once again exposed the hypocrisy of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions South Africa (BDS-SA) movement when it comes to accusations of anti-Semitism.

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  • Reward offered for information on murder of elderly Cape couple

    Almost two years after the brutal murders of elderly Jewish couple Rosalie Bloch and Aubrey Jackson, there are still no answers. The Western Cape South African Police Service (SAPS) is now offering a R100 000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. Last March, police offered a R60 000 reward.

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  • Anti-Semitic incidents in SA at 15-year low

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents in South Africa dropped to a 15-year low in 2019, according to the latest figures issued by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) this week.

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  • SA takes measured approach to peace plan

    The South African government has responded cautiously to the United States’ new Peace to Prosperity plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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  • Hitler’s typewriter released from SA bank vault

    A heavy wooden crate was delivered and pried open in Forest Town last Friday morning. As the lid came away, all eyes in the room fixed on the object which sat nestled inside: a jet-black typewriter, its complex machinery gleaming as it was lifted out and placed atop a wooden bench.

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    Cyril drops Bantustan bombshell at African Union Summit

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa insisted that Donald Trump’s much-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminded him of the “Bantustans” (so-called homelands, fractured territories established for black South Africans by the apartheid regime).
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    • InterfaithMinisters

    Meeting of interfaith minds

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish communal leaders including Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein and South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) National Director Wendy Kahn, as well as Reeva Forman, Sheri Hanson, and Danny Mofsowitz from the SAJBD, attended a meeting of faith-based leaders at the Union Buildings on 6 February.
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    • clive lipchin

    Electricity scarcity likely to be followed by water

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    While load shedding may deprive us of electricity on a day-to-day basis, the damage it’s doing to the water infrastructure may be irreparable.
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    Tehillim en masse

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    Jewish high school students participated in a mass recital of tehillim (psalms) at campuses across South Africa on 7 February.
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    Israel strives to fend off dreaded Covid-19

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    There’ve been a few scares but so far, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Israel. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking no chances, and has instructed the Israeli Biological Institute and health ministry to work on developing and producing a vaccine as soon as possible. He says it’s only a matter of time until the virus appears in the country.
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    Secret meeting with Sudan a significant move for Israel

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew into Uganda for a 24-hour whirlwind trip on Monday, the outcome was expected to be that the two states would establish embassies, with Uganda possibly indicating that its embassy could be in Jerusalem. But there was an unexpected diplomatic achievement with a different country, namely formalised ties with the Arab African state of Sudan.
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    Is Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ no deal at all?

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    In 1987, American President Donald Trump published The Art of the Deal, a book that helped make him a household name. It was part memoir, part business advice. By comparison, his recently unveiled Middle East plan, has led some quarters to label it the “The art of the non-deal”.
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    • Paula

    What impact would a Corbyn win have on Israel?

    Dec 12, 2019 Go comment!
    The British Labour Party’s recently released election manifesto promises that should its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, win this week, it would immediately suspend the sale of arms to Israel that are “used in violation of the human rights of Palestinian civilians”. It also promises to immediately recognise a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution in which a secure Israel would exist alongside a secure and viable Palestine.
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    Is the curtain finally coming down on Netanyahu’s reign?

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    For the first time ever, Israel is being led by a prime minister under indictment. Fighting the biggest political battle of his life, Benjamin Netanyahu is holding onto his position as if his life depends on it. To some extent it does. Should he be admired – or not – for refusing to step down?
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    Settlement decision strengthens Israel’s bargaining position

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Suddenly, it seems as if everyone is an expert in international law. After United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday this week that Washington believes the settlements aren’t inherently illegal, everyone has been weighing in on the matter.
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    • Paula

    Is Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ no deal at all?

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    In 1987, American President Donald Trump published The Art of the Deal, a book that helped make him a household name. It was part memoir, part business advice. By comparison, his recently unveiled Middle East plan, has led some quarters to label it the “The art of the non-deal”.
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    World News in Brief

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    Facebook CEO says he has become more religious Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit tech conference recently that he has “become more religious” in recent years.
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    Hashem’s ultimate justice

    Feb 13, 2020 Go comment!
    One of the heroes of the Torah is Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro). Even without the additional biography taught to us by our sages – he was an advisor to Pharaoh, who dared to challenge his wishes to persecute the Jewish people, and a seeker of truth, who tried every religion in the world before finding Hashem in Judaism – Yitro was a man of justice and goodness.
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    Life’s most precious jewels

    Feb 06, 2020 Go comment!
    In this week’s portion, we read, “Moses took the bones of Joseph with him.” Before his death, Joseph made his brothers promise to bring back his mortal remains to the land of Israel. Now, at the time of the Exodus, this was uppermost on Moses’ mind.
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    Rebbe’s army marches victorious

    Jan 30, 2020 Go comment!
    Seventy five years ago this week, Elka Ganot, prisoner number 12750, was liberated from Auschwitz. Her grandson, Barak, a major in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), marked the occasion last year as he marched with ten other soldiers from his elite army unit past the very barracks where his bubbeh (grandmother) suffered the tortures of Europe’s hatred for our people.
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    The potential for greatness in everyone

    Jan 23, 2020 Go comment!
    “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Apart from reminding me of my high-school education, Malvolio’s lines in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night are also appropriate for our weekly Torah portion.
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