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  • The big Breslov Brouhaha continues

    Apr 30, 2014 1 Comment
    Readers from around SA and globally have been following the story with us and the various items have tghousands of reads. The latest updates include an in-depth interview with a senior student close to Rabbi Berland, head of the famously media shy Shuvu Banim Breslov sect in Jerusalem – as well as the first video of Rabbi Berland in Johannesburg. Everything has, we understand, been approved by Rabbi Berland himself.
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  • “Minutes before the Hawks came looking”

    Apr 30, 2014 1 Comment
    EXCLUSIVE: First Video of Rabbi Berland meeting with his students in Johannesburg on Thursday 17 April. Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s followers have sent this video to SA Jewish Report Online saying it was taken just before a Hawks raid. What do the Hawks say…?
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  • Speaking for Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Berland

    Apr 28, 2014 9 Comments
    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! SAJR Online challenged Rabbi Berland, head of Yeshivas Shuvu Banim (a stone’s throw from the Kotel), to contact us with regard to an interview last Wednesday. One of his followers, Yossi, who is close to Berland, has been communicating with SAJR Online editor Ant Katz since Thursday and agreed to an interview from Jerusalem on Friday.
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  • Israeli Embassy reopens, catches up

    Apr 08, 2014 Go comment!
    Terms of agreement give government 'industrial peace' for years, improve pay and conditions substantially for diplomatic corps; 1,200 employees return to work. Pretoria embassy thanks public for their patience and worked long hours to catch up backlog.
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  • Nu, what’s what with the Israeli strike?

    Apr 02, 2014 Go comment!
    On Monday 31 March Jewish Report spoke to a reliable source at Israel’s Embassy in SA who asked not to be named, and asked where things stood. The source confirmed that talks had begun last week but that the SA-based diplomats had heard or read no news suggesting that there was any end in sight.
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  • Thuli admits Mossad designed Nkandla

    Mar 31, 2014 9 Comments
    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela admitted exclusively to the Jewish Report last night that she holds evidence that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had designed the almost R250-mil “security upgrade” for President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Madonsela said this was not a rumour but she had excluded this fact from her voluminous report as it was “irrelevant to investigation or the findings.”
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  • Exclusive interview with Dep Ambassador

    Mar 19, 2014 1 Comment
    To understand the frustrations of Israeli diplomats, SAJR Online had an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Michael Freeman, Deputy Head of Mission at the Pretoria Embassy. Freeman apologised to the community and explained the situation diplomats find themselves in. For an added insight, SAJR Online is publishing an emotional plea to Yair Lapid, the Finance Minister and head of Yesh Atid Party, posted by Freeman’s wife on the minister’s Facebook page.
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  • 100 Israeli Embassies on strike

    Mar 17, 2014 3 Comments
    Israeli diplomats declared a major strike two weeks ago after a year-long labour dispute remained unresolved. Over 100 Israeli Embassies and Consulates are closed, diplomats are not working and all consular services worldwide have been suspended. How does this impact on SA Jewry and Israelis living in SA?...
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  • ANC's NEC backs Israel Apartheid Week

    Mar 05, 2014 4 Comments
    The ANC recognises that the international anti-Apartheid movement and sanctions campaign was shouldered, taken on and defended by thousands of ordinary citizens from numerous countries around the world. These ordinary citizens, made our struggle, their life. We are forever indebted to them.
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  • Pre-eminent Israeli medic to visit SA

    Mar 05, 2014 1 Comment
    Eminent Israeli doctor, Professor Yehuda Skornick, arrives in SA on Friday, will be keynote speaker at Zionism event on Sunday and deliver speeches at both Wits and UCT during IAW. Prof Skornick has published over 1,000 medical papers, is the immediate past president of MDA, is Israel’s appointed member (ambassador) to the ICRC & has founded & funds two Yeshivot in Tel Aviv in memory of late father-in-law. You can meet & hear him, read on…
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  • Reform Shul in Ra’anana vandalized... again!

    Feb 04, 2014 Go comment!
    Reform Shul in Ra’anana vandalized for 5th time in 4 years as a target of religious extremists according to Rabbi Gilad Kariv, head of the Israel Religious Action Centre (IRAC).
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  • Wits’ draws line on anti-Israel protest

    Jan 20, 2014 Go comment!
    10 Wits students guilty of misconduct for disruption or incitement at Yossi Reshef piano recital last March. By issuing 2-year suspended sentences & 80 hour community service VC Prof Adam Habib drew the line between protest & hooliganism, much to the delight of SAUJS and the SAJBD – both of which orgs applauded Wits today
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  • Sharon: A fighter to the very end

    Jan 11, 2014 7 Comments
    Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon has died at 85. Born in Israel, he fought in every war – and lived eight years after a devastating stroke that doctors expected to kill him in weeks or months. He'll get a State funeral according to latest Israeli media reports. The general-turned-politician who inspired both love and hate as one of Israel's most controversial leaders, passed peacefully says his son.
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  • Africans protest Israel's new detention laws

    Jan 06, 2014 1 Comment
    Thousands of African migrants march in Tel Aviv for 2nd day to protest anger at new law that allows illegal immigrants to be detained for a year without trial. Protesters are mostly Eritreans & Sudanese & demand right to work legally & for asylum bids to be processed. Israeli police say march was peaceful, but the demonstrations prompted rare & strongly worded condemnation of Israeli policy by UN high commissioner for refugees. READ MORE
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  • Massive snowstorm shut Jerusalem down last week

    Dec 23, 2013 Go comment!
    Police warn residents to stay indoors; Tel Aviv's Ayalon Highway cloes; man dies after falling off roof while trying to repair leak; thousands in J’salem left without power; Israel opens Gaza crossing to allow entry of gas, water pumps. Follow the live blog from Haaretz & STUNNING PICS from Leon Reich.
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  • Knesset speaker heads Israeli Delegation

    Dec 12, 2013 Go comment!
    Israel sent a high-powered delegation for the Madiba Memorial, including Speaker of Parliament Yuli Edelstein & 5 other parliamentarians.
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  • Mandela gets Doctorate from Israeli university

    Dec 08, 2013 Go comment!
    “In BGU we have a centre of excellence which represents the best in the traditions of the Jewish people: a sense of mission; internationalism; inventiveness. It is an institution that gives inspiration through its chosen mission. We admire the efforts that are being made by Palestinian and Israeli citizens to transcend the historical divide and thereby lessen the tensions endangering the process.” Read it all!
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  • Mandela’s Passing: Israel issues statement

    Dec 06, 2013 1 Comment
    Israeli President Shimon Peres (pictured) issued a special statement this morning on the passing of Nelson Mandela. "The world lost a great leader who changed the course of history," said Perez.
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  • “It’s nice to know SA Jewry has my back”

    Nov 19, 2013 1 Comment
    Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk told a packed hall at Beyachad last night that it was up to SA Jewry to attend to their relationship with the SA community and government. My job here is as a diplomat representing a foreign country, said Lenk, adding that “it’s nice to know that SA Jewry has my back.” You as South Africans have to speak about domestic issues. But from what I have seen I think that my brothers and sisters here in SA are skilled at showing why SA Jewry is important.
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  • Another world-first for tiny Israel

    Oct 30, 2013 Go comment!
    Israel started to conceive their new disaster communications centre after 9/11 and commissioned it after Carmel. Now they are offering to share the tech with the world. SA donors contributing R2.5m over 2 years towards the massive cost of the project.
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