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    Holomisa, Lekota: Israel NOT apartheid state

    Sep 25, 2015 2 Comments
    Bantu Holomisa, pictured, was one of the senior SA parliamentarians who went to Israel earlier this month as a guest of SAFI and subsequently spoke up for the Holy Land in a live Radio Islam broadcast together with co-traveller Mosiuoa Lekota. Listen to this interview which is SAJR online has loaded as a one-click podcast for our users. The politicians ducked numerous attempts to get them to speak out against Israel, something they were not prepared to do.
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    Protest ends ‘not with a bang, but with a whimper’

    Sep 22, 2015 2 Comments
    They were boasting that some 50 000 protesters under the auspices of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions SA would flood the entrance to GrandWest Casino in Cape Town on Monday evening, to show their displeasure at American Grammy Award artist Pharrell Williams appearing in a concert.
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    Kasrils, Lekota lock horns on Israel trip

    Sep 22, 2015 2 Comments
    Former Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils, the “enfant terrible” of South African Jewry, has lambasted his former comrade and fellow Cabinet minister Mosiuoa Lekota for going on a free trip to Israel.
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    Searching Moroccan mountains for etrogs

    Sep 18, 2015 4 Comments
    I was traveling deep into the rural communities of Morocco's Atlas Mountains, and so I'd expected to get a little dusty. But no one readied me for this afternoon trek in the desert sun.
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    Dual citizens: Bapela gets bloody nose from ANC

    Sep 11, 2015 1 Comment
    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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    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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    ANC lekgotla aims the big stick at SA Jews and some companies

    Sep 09, 2015 1 Comment
    The South African Jewish community is seething with anger and is also deeply alarmed after Obed Bapela, head of the ANC’s national executive committee’s subcommittee on international relations, announced that the ANC was considering banning dual citizenship - aimed primarily at stopping South African citizens serving in the Israeli military. Although the ANC officially outlawed young Jewish South Africans undergoing military training in Israel in 1998, the party now wants an outright ban on the practice as well as implementing a crackdown on private sector ties with Israel.
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    Will Obama and Netanyahu reconcile next year?

    Sep 04, 2015 3 Comments
    Now that the enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran, is not about to go away.
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  • Learning more about Israel - in Modimolle

    Sep 02, 2015 1 Comment
    Support for Israel can sometimes come from unlikely places. Modimolle - known as Nylstroom until 2002 - is a sleepy farming town of 45 000 inhabitants nestling near the Waterberg in Limpopo Province, about 200 km north of Johannesburg.
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    African leaders show support for Israel at summit

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    African leaders from the church, business and civil society, proudly affirmed their support for Israel at the second African Leadership Summit, held in Jerusalem from August 24 - 26.
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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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    The Road to Recovery - a grass roots act of reconciliation

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    Once or twice a week, Amatzia Dayan from Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, drives in the early morning through the security border crossing near Magen Shaul to pick up Palestinian children and their families from Jenin, to ferry them to Rambam Hospital in Haifa.
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    Olesker speaks in Cape Town:Jews have an excellent story to tell the world

    Sep 02, 2015 Go comment!
    The Jews have forgotten how to tell their story, yet no other nation has a better story than the Jews do, Olesker told a Cape Town audience when he spoke at the Green and Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, hosted by the South African Zionist Federation Cape Council and the Marais Road Shul.
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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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    Habib was brutally honest on Israel at Limmud

    Aug 12, 2015 4 Comments
    GEOFF SIFRIN writes that "When Wits Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib spoke at Limmud two weeks ago, he made it clear from the beginning that he would be frank, and frank he was, as he addressed the packed auditorium in which most people were avid supporters of Israel."
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    SA earns eight medals at historical Berlin Games

    Aug 12, 2015 2 Comments
    The South African Maccabi team brought home eight medals from the European Maccabi Games (EMG) in Berlin, but more than the sporting success, the delegation had been a part of something quite unique.
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    Iran: Shouts of 'dual loyalty' and 'dog whistles'

    Aug 12, 2015 Go comment!
    RON KAMPEAS IN WASHINGTON writes that "The dredging up of the dual loyalty charge - that lawmakers who reject the Iran nuclear agreement and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is lobbying against it, are more closely aligned with Israel than the United States - illustrates just how tense the debate over the deal has become." Read this well-informed op-ed on the issue...
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    New Fed head has what it takes, says Isla

    Aug 11, 2015 2 Comments
    After an exhaustive search for the right candidate, The SAZF has appointed Nicci Raz (pictured) as their new national director. Incumbent Isla Feldman waxed lyrically to Jewish Report on Raz's appointment. As Isla’s 35-year-long reign draws to an end, she says Nicci is the right choice. Fed national chairman Ben Swartz is also full of praise for Raz: “Nicci brings … traits that are ideally suited to the large task at hand,” he says. Nicci’s appointment is effective from October and she will have a few months of hand-over until Feldman officially steps down in December.
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    Dance Umbrella’s first double bill

    Aug 08, 2015 Go comment!
    Mixed programmes in Dance Umbrella always hold that frisson of possibility and that lucky packet threat that is about how the works on the programme relate to one another, as well as what you are left with at the end of the evening.
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    Rabbi Berland found - out of reach of Israeli police

    Aug 05, 2015 3 Comments
    Rabbi Berland - who escaped extradition from Holland to Israel last month by disappearing as stealthily as he had from SA last year - has been found. Berland is reportedly on a Caribbean island which has no extradition treaty with Israel. Petit Tobacco Island is so small that it does not appear on Google Maps. The major Dutch daily, Telegraaf, reported this morning that to reach the small island in the Tobago Cays from the Netherlands, one would have to fly to London, Barbados, St Vincent & finally travel by boat. All at a cost of R50 000 per person!
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