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    Peres comes to SA with message of hope and inspiration

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Ninety-two-year old Shimon Peres is a living legend, and Johannesburg Jewry thronged to hear him speak at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday night. Peres was twice Israeli Prime Minister (1984-1986 and 1995-1996), President (2007-2014) and a Nobel Peace Prize winner (1994). In this picture by Ilan Ossendryver, Peres sits with Israeli Ambassador to SA Arthur Lenk. Ossendryver, who is Jewish Report's official photographer, once served in the same capacity for Shimon Peres himself!
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    Peres draws top MPs among crowd of 1500

    Mar 02, 2016 3 Comments
    The excitement and anticipation in the air were palpable as 1 500 people converged on the Sandton Convention Centre to hear statesman extraordinaire and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres address the community at the launch of the IUA-UCF campaign.
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    Exposing young minds to fresh Mideast narrative

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment
    Bafana Modise, pictured in Israel, left SA hoping he and his 14 ranking ANCYL and BDS colleagues would come home alive from their SAIF-hosted Mideast educational visit last month. Now, he says, having seen the reality vs. the SA media portrayal they had faced, he would feel quite safe and comfortable to travel to Israel and/or the Palestinian territories alone. Ironically, the travellers went just weeks after President Zuma had called on ANC members for the first time not to travel to Israel. The problems are religious, said several of the party afterwards, not political
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    Israel trip an eye-opener for SA clergymen

    Feb 10, 2016 14 Comments
    Pictured are part of a group of 20 senior clergymen at the Sea of Galilee who have just returned from what was, clearly, a life-altering experience for them. Not to mention an eye-opener. Read about their experience, where they went, what they did, and – most importantly – why each and every one of them would do it all again – despite the cost. The trip was facilitated by Bridges for Peace and assisted by SAFI and the Cape Fed. This is a great read…
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    Why the Kotel deal is a victory for now, but not forever

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    On the morning of December 1, 1988, a group of about 70 Jewish women entered the sacred space of the Western Wall. They represented all the major streams of Judaism. Some wore prayer shawls or kippot. Some did not. One woman cradled a Torah in her arms.
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    All’s well that ends well for the Schapiro family

    Feb 10, 2016 Go comment!
    The Department of Home Affairs has reversed an earlier decision to ban the six-year-old Noa Schapiro from re-entering South Africa for five years, splitting her Cape Town family between South Africa and Israel.
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    SA sets alleged Israeli Mobster free on bail

    Jan 29, 2016 Go comment!
    THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED: This week report that suspected Israeli mob boss Shai Musli, who appeared in court on January 18 and released on bail HAS BEEN UPDATED. Israeli TV Channel 10 quoted “sources” and SAPS spokesmen have not responded to Jewish Report Online’s enquiries - but it appears clear that he is free on bail and will be in court again on 1 March for his extradition to Israel hearing. He is wanted there on alleged charges of “assassinations, illegal possession of weapons, racketeering, arson and robbery.”
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    Jews targeted for being Jews - Netanyahu

    Jan 27, 2016 Go comment!
    Jews are again being targeted for being Jews, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.
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    79 balloons for runaway rav’s 79th birthday

    Jan 04, 2016 4 Comments
    Fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland celebrated his 79th birthday last week. The rabbi is living in exile in South Africa after he jumped bail and disappeared from the Netherlands earlier this year. His disappearance was discovered after his final appeal against his extradition to Israel was denied and the authorities went to detain him at a hospital where he was reportedly being treated. His Dutch lawyer said in an interview in December that the charges were spurious and that Rabbi Berland intended to settle in SA where he enjoys some sort of "diplomatic immunity".
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    US rabbis join Bibi, Livni in slamming radical Jews

    Dec 28, 2015 4 Comments
    US rabbis add their “outrage” to those of Israeli society, politicians & security organisations in slamming release of video taken at a wedding attended by associates of Jewish terror suspects. The revellers at the hareidi wedding wave knives, guns and a picture of one of those burned in the Duma attack that left 3 dead in July. The remaining member of the family is still in hospital recovering from burn wounds. SEE THE 20-second VIDEO & catch up on the horrific story. See why we included this in our Top-Reads of the Year.
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    'Bethlehem suffocating!' - West Bank mayor

    Dec 25, 2015 1 Comment
    Christian faithful from around the world usually descend on the biblical city of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus. But, while all the normal festivities were there, the people were not. Hotel occupancies dropped as low as 40%. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, pictured arriving at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Thursday. But the town’s mayor, Vera Baboun, says “The tragedy is that … Bethlehem is suffocating!”
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    EU's labelling law 'disguised anti-Semitism'

    Nov 13, 2015 2 Comments
    The Europe Israel Public Affairs Committee (EIPA) which lobbies on behalf of the Holy Land in Brussels, says: “The question that has to be asked is: Was a move on labelling even necessary? What ends does it serve from an EU perspective other than souring the political milk with one side in the peace process?” Meanwhile, on the home front, anti-Israel groups have managed to get the SA Consumer Commission to open an investigation of the “Israel” labelling issue across the entire retail industry.
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    Israeli's bail, extradition hearings paired

    Nov 11, 2015 2 Comments
    When suspected Israeli crime boss Shai Musli walks into the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday for his bail hearing, he may be surprised to find that immediately thereafter he will face an extradition hearing - a charge the SAPS originally arrested him for at Montecasino. SA is becoming well-known as a source, a destination point, as well as a transit route for international criminal escapades. Rivalry and political interference have hamstrung police crime intelligence, allowing organised crime to flourish, say senior sources.
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    Israel, Honduras sign co-operation agreement

    Oct 30, 2015 Go comment!
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets Honduran President Alvarado as the countries sign a Declaration of Intent for co-operation in water, education, agriculture, medicine, and security.
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    Inspired by remarkable heroism of Israelis

    Oct 21, 2015 Go comment!
    TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL! "I am writing this from The Shabbos Project global call centre in Tel Aviv, where calls are being fielded in eight languages from 550 cities in 70 countries around the world," says Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein. "Israelis go about their daily lives with determination and dignity in defiance of the violence. In this spirit it has been a privilege to see how so many Israelis are preparing for this year’s Shabbos Project."
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    • Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

    Teaching about Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Sep 30, 2015 3 Comments
    As a rabbi and Jewish educator, Laurie Zimmerman, a US rabbi and education director, expresses concern as to "Why our Jewish institutions encourage critical thinking when teaching ancient Jewish texts - challenging learners to consider multiple voices, give expression to minority viewpoints and ask difficult questions - but when teaching about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they avoid this approach." Having just returned from Israel for the new US school year, read what she has to say...
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    Expats: Return Jacob’s sheep

    Sep 25, 2015 2 Comments
    When Jews were exiled from the Land of Israel, their sheep followed. Now two Canadians are trying to get some of the biblical sheep back to Israel.
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    Clinton mails show concern with Bibi’s psyche

    Sep 10, 2015 Go comment!
    As US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton spent plenty of time in daunting foreign territory. No, I’m not talking about Myanmar here. I’m speaking of the mind of Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    Artists should go where politicians fear to tread

    Sep 02, 2015 1 Comment
    The idea of acclaimed Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim conducting a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Tehran, sounds like fantasy. But that is exactly what was mooted two weeks ago, as an accompaniment to the first official visit to Iran later this year by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A form of “cultural diplomacy” that might have had a big impact.
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    Enjoy the music while supporting the cause

    Aug 12, 2015 1 Comment
    The South African Zionist Federation is staging a unique pro-Israel one-night-only fundraiser which will see the popular King David String Ensemble from Israel playing Jewish, Chassidic, Israeli and Kletzmer music. They will also play some classical masterpieces. It’s all happening in Sandton on the first Thursday of September and all proceeds are going to fighting anti-Israel initiatives.
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