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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Limmud needs to have the courage of its convictions

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    The interesting thing about the Limmud-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) debacle of last week was that it achieved what Limmud strives for. It created dialogue, and had the community engaging in debate that challenged and confronted.
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    • Geoff

    White guilt: why calling a spade a spade is scary

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    “Don’t you dare say I don’t belong here!” That’s what a group of mostly middle-aged Jews who lived through apartheid seemed, privately, to want to say to black lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi at Limmud last Sunday.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    SAJBD gets involved in national human rights issues

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    Part of the mandate of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is “to work for the betterment of human relations between Jews and all other peoples of South Africa, based on mutual respect, understanding and goodwill”. To this end, we seek to lead the Jewish community in participating in the affairs of the wider society, and to do its part to ensure that fundamental human rights and freedoms are upheld in our country.
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    • Kahn Wendy small

    Give thanks for our freedom of religion – but don’t take it for granted

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    I recently received an invitation from United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to attend the first ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held last month.
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    • TOIOPEDDavidHorowitz

    The trouble with Israel’s Jewish nation-state law

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    In an Army Radio interview this week, Israel’s incoming opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, said she had repeatedly urged government legislators in the run-up to July 19’s passage of Israel’s new Jewish nation-state law to add in a single crucial phrase.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Does Shashi Naidoo suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

    Aug 02, 2018 1 Comment
    Our story so far: Shashi Naidoo, much loved South African model, posts positive Israel sentiment on social media. The reaction is swift and aggressive, with Naidoo receiving no less than ten death threats by supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) cause, threats of rape, her address is posted on social media, and people start ringing her doorbell at 02:00.
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    • Geoff

    The Likud selfie: drawings that shout louder than words

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    Who would have thought a shocking picture of a woman being raped by then president Jacob Zuma would appear on the op-ed pages of a major South African newspaper? Not a photograph, but a drawing. What about an image in an Israeli paper showing Israeli leaders as pigs? That’s what political cartoonists like Zapiro – Jonathan Shapiro – and Avi Katz do in South Africa and Israel. They stab at peoples’ most sensitive areas to make a point. They have outraged people for years – and delighted many. And Katz was fired last Tuesday from his position at the Jerusalem Report magazine for his “pigs” cartoon.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Brave journalist sets example for mainstream media

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    There is a strong perception in the community that the mainstream media has a bias against Israel. It seems journalists either don’t give the country the coverage it deserves, or focus only on the negative. When we consider the intimidation that those who come out in support of Israel face, it is not surprising that many people, including in the media, simply shy away from the topic.
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    • dennis davis

    A critical look at why the Nation-State Law is unwelcome

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    The introduction of the Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People prompted widespread controversy for good reason.
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    • DanDiker1

    Israel has the right to define and protect its own democracy

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    Israel’s recent legislation of the Nation-State Law provided another relished opportunity by Israel’s adversaries and enemies to delegitimise the country’s Jewish-majority democracy’s character.
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    • Vijeta Uniyal

    India-Israel tech co-operation: a model for BRICS countries?

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    The BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are meeting in Johannesburg this week for their annual summit. BRICS is a formidable international geopolitical bloc, representing almost three billion people – which translates to over 40% of the world population – and covering almost 27% of the earth’s surface.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    What grandfather name fits…

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    I honestly had no idea how challenging it would be to choose a name for our new granddaughter to call us. We are certainly not the first people in the world to have a grandchild and it seemed to me that others slipped into the names with enviable ease. Why this would turn out to be so darn difficult, I genuinely have no idea.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    The challenges involved in dealing with anti-Semitism

    Jul 26, 2018 Go comment!
    Last week, the Board sent a letter to the Jewish community and also issued a general press statement, reporting that a settlement had been reached in the matter of certain anti-Semitic comments that had been posted on a WhatsApp group on 19 June.
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    • Milton

    Why are our diplomats and ministers repeating the anti-Semitic lie?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Political commentators have been justifiably outraged by Julius Malema’s latest salvo against South African Indians. The Economic Freedom Fighters leader has essentialised a group of people and ascribed to them racially prejudicial attitudes.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Communication is key is breaking down misconceptions

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    Early in its existence, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) recognised the need to add a public relations component to its day-to-day functioning. As the Jewish community’s representative spokesbody, it could not always keep a low profile, but sometimes needed to take a public stand on issues affecting it.
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    • Geoff

    Which line turns pride in my culture into crushing others?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    From here at the bottom of Africa, with South Africa’s racist history still dominating its people’s lives, Israel’s nation-state bill – currently working its way through the Knesset – causes a chill to run down the spine of some lovers of Israel.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Where to go to daven?

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    I have always been a bit of a talker. Which is why one of my earliest memories of shul is of being forced to remain silent while seated on a hard, wooden pew at the Yeoville or Berea Synagogue. It felt austere and unfamiliar, and I needed to entertain myself as the choir droned.
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    • STEVEN GRUZD ex SAJBD

    Is the recall of the SA ambassador effectively a downgrade?

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    The prospects of a swift return of South Africa’s ambassador to Israel look bleak. Last week, at her first newly instituted monthly press briefing, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu emphasised that current conditions prevent Ambassador Sisa Ngombane from going back to his post in Tel Aviv. Is this tantamount to a tacit downgrade of the South African embassy to a liaison office, as per the ANC’s December 2017 resolution?
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    • DBrotmanUSE

    SA Jewish community at risk of losing young, skilled immigrants

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    I was very fortunate to have received permanent residency in South Africa in 2013, under the category of “exceptional skills”. I was 26 years old at the time. After some years performing Jewish communal work, I went on to co-found a company that curates sector-specific trips to nine destinations around the world. This is for South African professionals and entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of some of the best technological innovations in their industry.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Let’s celebrate our ‘Yes we can’ attitude

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    Over the past few weeks, this column has unavoidably had a negative focus, having reported mainly on recent acts of anti-Semitism and how the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has gone about dealing with them. Certainly, this is a serious issue that can hardly be swept under the carpet. However, we must avoid becoming overly focused on it, to the extent that it comes to overshadow the many positive things about living as Jews in South Africa.
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