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    SA-Israel relations survive dire jeopardy

    Oct 27, 2016 4 Comments
    In what one senior opposition MP calls a “pre-planned stealth operation” by the ANC (as a political party) and their anti-Israel lobbyist cohorts, aimed at forcing the ANC Executive’s (the Cabinet) hand to break ties with Israel, a specially-convened meeting was to have taken place at the Parliamentary precinct on Wednesday, mini-budget day, the day after Succot ended. One of the many friends of Israel got wind of it and the matter was hastily dealt with and the meeting never took place.
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    Unesco vote sees PA bid for attention backfire

    Oct 27, 2016 1 Comment
    If the latest draft resolution at Unesco on “Occupied Palestine” succeeded in the Palestinians' aims to reclaim the world's attention, then it was a Pyrrhic victory at best and a setback at worst. Part of an effort on Jerusalem initiated at Unesco in 2015 by the Palestinian Authority, the October 12 vote saw a comfortable majority of states, including Russia and China, pass language calling on Israel "to cease the persistent excavations and works in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City”, as one clause reads.
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    BDS threat to academic freedom, German students

    Oct 27, 2016 1 Comment
    The student government of a major German university formally denounces "anti-Semitic BDS" as a threat to academic freedom and accuse the German branch of the US-based NGO of state capture
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