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    • Howard  Sackstein

    The American consulate at 1 Leila Khaled Drive

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    An ANC motion to rename Sandton Drive after the notorious plane hijacker Leila Khaled passed in the Johannesburg City Council with the support of the EFF on 29 November.
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    • BonitaMeyersfeld2 WHITE

    Activism against gender-based violence begins at home

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Violence against women and girls is a pandemic. A conservative estimate is that more than 35% percent of women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. The majority of perpetrators are husbands, intimate partners, or someone the women know.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    A different singing of Hatikvah

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    On Wednesday morning, we woke up to the devastating news that the Beit Midrash Morasha synagogue had burned down and along with it, seven Torah scrolls were destroyed in the blaze.
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    • Geoff

    The disgrace of a country that lies to its children

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    The children of South Africa have been betrayed by the education system. And the clamour to enter universities has given them a false sense of a passport to a better life. But it isn’t doing so, given the declining state of our universities, and the abysmal matric system which sent them there.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    For censorship to exist, it’s sufficient for academics to do nothing

    Dec 06, 2018 Go comment!
    Since the early years of this century, regular attempts have been made on university campuses throughout the world to impose a boycott against Israeli academics and academic institutions. In real terms, the boycotters have had little to show for their efforts.
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    • RozanneSack

    We can’t help but care

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    The recent support from the community for the boys who were sexually assaulted at Parktown Boys High School was a game changer, moving activism into the wider South African context.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Reaching out to Ramaphosa

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    When President Cyril Ramaphosa agreed to speak at the conference of the Gauteng Council of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, we decided to use the occasion as an opportunity to demonstrate our community’s commitment, in the past and today, to helping build South Africa.
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    • Geoff

    The continent you called ‘home’ that you never even knew

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    Think of Rwanda, and what comes to mind is grotesque mass killings and villages filled with the detritus of the Tutsi genocide at the hands of the Hutus.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    South Africa a lightning rod for fair reporting debate

    Nov 29, 2018 Go comment!
    It is a remarkable privilege to be writing this week’s column on a bus somewhere between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Today is day three of the Jewish Media Summit, and this morning, we are on our way to visit Tel Aviv to get a sense of the start-up, entrepreneurial culture that has come to define Israel.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    What to make of South Africa welcoming Israel-Hamas ceasefire

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    On Thursday last week, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation Dirco) issued a statement welcoming the halt to two days of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Interpreting these terse statements is like reading tea leaves. What is not said can matter the most. Dirco’s apparently measured tone deserves closer scrutiny.
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    Israel’s ties blossom with Brics – bar one

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The Brics bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – has three billion people, and covers a quarter of the world’s land mass. These emerging powers are already challenging fading American and European dominance on the global stage. Why have four of them deepened their economic, political and military links with Israel, with South Africa notably out of step?
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Exchange with Ramaphosa gives SAJBD conference unique relevance

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    This year, as previously noted in this column, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies’ Gauteng conference is, for the first time, being held in two parts. The first, held on 7 October, comprised the necessary formal, procedural components of such gatherings, and was aimed mainly at our affiliate organisations. The second, aimed at the broader community and organised around the availability of President Cyril Ramaphosa, will take place this Sunday. We are already fully booked, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, everyone can participate via live streaming (for details, see our Facebook page).
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    • Geoff

    Respect my values; I’ll respect yours

    Nov 22, 2018 Go comment!
    The story which went viral in Jewish circles last week (reported on page 14) about chaos on an El Al flight to Israel which was delayed due to a snowstorm, would have been funny to an outside observer. It would be like a scene from a British comedy, with black-coated Haredim running up and down aisles shouting, and secular passengers cowering in their seats. But for Jews, it captured the poisonous antagonism among them about religion. The plane, which left New York late, landed in Athens instead of Tel Aviv to avoid desecrating Shabbat.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    People getting nasty in November

    Nov 22, 2018 1 Comment
    Maybe it’s just me, but I am finding people more angry than usual at the moment. I am not sure if it’s the insane and unpleasant heatwave that has hit Johannesburg that is causing this rattiness. Perhaps it’s because it’s November. The year is almost done, schools are winding-down, December holidays are in sight, and people are tired. Really tired and really depleted.
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    • Milton

    Trump, Trumpism, and the danger of words

    Nov 15, 2018 1 Comment
    “The president is not directly responsible for acts of domestic terrorism, but he should be more careful with his language.” That’s the way the Economist headlined its report on the horrific Pittsburgh killings just more than two weeks ago.
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    • Julie (2)

    Right to protest enshrined in our constitution

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Taking the knee - or kneeling in protest during the singing of a national anthem - achieved international prominence earlier this month in the United States National Football League. It all started when the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, went down on one knee during the singing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest against racial injustice. Since then, many more players have done so during Super Bowl week to protest against police brutality against minorities.
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    • GavinRome

    Populist nationalism and Jews, an incompatible mix

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    It is almost six months since the passing of Phillip Roth, America's foremost Jewish novelist. In the deeply sad aftermath of the massacre of Jews in a Pittsburgh shul, one of Roth’s most famous novels seems to possess an almost uncanny contemporary resonance.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The Shabbat morning kiddush food frenzy

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, there are certain aspects and defining features that we need to relinquish slowly. Letting go is never easy, but given that we are now three generations post-Holocaust, we should probably accept - no matter how anxious it might make us - that we are no longer in danger of starving to death.
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    • Geoff

    Must women be naked to be heard?

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    In light of United States President Donald Trump’s reputation for lewd remarks about women, it is fitting that a bare-breasted woman chased his motorcade on the Champs Elysées in Paris on Sunday. He was en route to events marking the centenary of the World War I armistice. The words “Fake Peacemaker” were written on her chest.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Restorative, not punitive, justice

    Nov 15, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week’s issue reported an especially upsetting anti-Semitic incident in the form of a voice note sent to a young community member by a Treverton College pupil. The message quickly went viral, generating much outrage.
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