Progressives distance themselves from Hamas

The SA Union for Progressive Judaism and the SA Association of Progressive Rabbis in a media statement made clear that they will not meet the Hamas delegation at present in the country . There had been rumours that Hamas would meet with a “Progressive Jewish group” . Many in the community have taken this to mean the formal body representing Progressive (Reform) Jewry. Read what the chairman and top rabbi have to say about this.
by ANT KATZ | Oct 20, 2015

In a joint press release issued today on behalf of the South African Union for Progressive Judaism (SAUPJ) and the South African Association of Progressive Rabbis (SAAPR), the two organisations are at pains to clear up any confusion that may have resulted from some media reports.

Kushner Alvin TALL"It has been reported in the media that Hamas representatives will meet with a 'Progressive Jewish group' during their visit to South Africa," say the two communal leaders in their statement.

"We have no knowledge of the source of this notice and have no dealings or intentions of meeting with Hamas.

"We call on Hamas to distance themselves from anti-Semitism and terror and to remove from their Charter the aim of killing Jews."

RIGHT: national chairman of the South African union for Progressive Judaism, Alvin Kushner from Cape Town

The statement is co-signed by Rabbi Greg Alexander, chairman of the SA Association of Progressive Rabbis  and Alvin Kushner, national chairman of the SA Union for Progressive Judaism.




  1. 3 Gary 20 Oct
    the 'progressive Jewish group' Hamas is meeting with is no doubt the bloodthirsty and perfidious 'Jewish Voices for a Just Peace' - Jews for Genocide
  2. 2 nat cheiman 21 Oct
    Gary, you are spot on. Imagine meeting with Hitler .
    Forget it. Hamas needs to be wiped off the face of the earth and that day is coming.
  3. 1 abu mamzer 22 Oct
    What happened to old Reform Jewry?
    Have they disappeared.and when did they evolve from reformism to progressivism?
    Why did Temple Emanuel not have Ameera Haas in their synagogue? but at Holy Cross instead?


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