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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Setback for UCT boycotters

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    On Saturday last week, the council of the University of Cape Town (UCT) declined to adopt a senate resolution that the university imposes an academic boycott against its Israeli counterparts. Instead, the matter was referred back to the senate, since it was felt that “a number of issues required clarification, including a full assessment of the sustainability impact of the resolution, and a more consultative process was necessary before the matter could be considered any further”.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Charidy’s missteps start with misspelling

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    Remember when we poured ice water over our own heads, and claimed that we did so in the name of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)? If that wasn’t bad enough, we then nominated others to do the same, publicly. There was an implied message that if we didn’t participate, we simply didn’t care about Joost van der Westhuizen, who was an ALS sufferer.
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    • Geoff

    Who really is the son of the soil?

    Apr 04, 2019 Go comment!
    An alien from Mars landing in Johannesburg would see many smiling posters from political parties fixed to street poles, and think that everyone is so polite, in spite of the tough battle going on for peoples’ votes in the upcoming election.
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    • AdinaRothNew

    Megillat Esther and Batmitzvah: encouraging female leadership

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    One of the more challenging aspects of modern Jewish communal life is how to engage teens in their Judaism post Barmitzvah and Batmitzvah.
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    • AubreyKatzef

    Israeli parties take care not to say anything stupid

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    In 1981, Prime Minister Menachem Begin was standing for re-election. He had come to power in a surprise victory in 1977 over the Labour Party, but this time the polls were showing that he was going to lose to that party.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    UCT’s proposed Israel boycott a moral outrage

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    In the early years of this century, attempted boycotts of Israeli universities and academics emerged as a new weapon against the Jewish state. At the institutional level, the campaign has made minimal gains, with all universities resisting pressure to accede to boycotters’ demands. It has, however, led to instances of Israeli academics being blackballed, excluded, and effectively banned in various forums, as well as provoking numerous ugly confrontations on university campuses the world over, including in South Africa.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    UCT: a Jew unfriendly university

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    The academic boycott of Israel by the University of Cape Town (UCT) is closer than it has ever been. The boycott has been approved by students and the senate, and now it will go to the university council on 30 March for a final vote.
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    • Geoff

    We, the dispossessed

    Mar 28, 2019 Go comment!
    There was a reminder of apartheid’s madness on 11 February. Five hundred former residents and families of District Six in Cape Town – proclaimed a “whites only” area in 1966 and demolished according to the Group Areas Act – gathered at the Castle of Good Hope for a memorial.
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    • DavidBilchitz

    Creating a different future for Israelis and Palestinians

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    As elections approach in Israel, many who care deeply for its future hope for positive change in the status quo. Sadly, in South Africa, the current discussion on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) is caught in a disturbing polarity.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    #MakeUsCount set to deliver great debates

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    Last week, two further events were held under the auspices of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) as part of our #MakeUsCount election awareness campaign. On Tuesday, together with national director Wendy Kahn, I joined the SAJBD KZN council in honouring Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and former ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize for his many years of support for the board and the Jewish community. It was indicative of this warm friendship that Mkhize attended despite the recent passing of his brother.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Don’t immigrate in the dark

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    There are few experiences that encourage immigration quite like load shedding does. The dark is depressing, frustrating, infuriating and disempowering, all at once. It forces us to assess whether it is worth staying here, and whether we truly believe that things will get better.
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    • Geoff

    Youth as leaders

    Mar 22, 2019 Go comment!
    When a teenager smashed an egg over the head of Australian Senator Fraser Anning last week, it was a potent act of protest which will rightly be spoken about, and probably imitated, for many years to come.
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    • terence corrigan

    Why pick on Israel?

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed in parliament last week that South Africa intended to downgrade its diplomatic presence in Israel. The foreign affairs bureaucracy was working “feverishly” on the matter. “The decision to downgrade the embassy in Israel is informed precisely by the violation of the rights of Palestinians and we are therefore putting pressure on Israel. But at the same time, we are saying we are willing to play a role and ensure there is peace,” said Ramaphosa.
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    • Geoff

    What happens when ladies don’t play ‘nice’

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    When thousands of ultra-Orthodox women swarmed to the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem last Friday to harass women belonging to the feminist Women of the Wall organisation who were attempting to pray there, it created shock when looked at from afar. But both sides were doing the right thing.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    IEC extends voting hours for expatriates

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    This week, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) was working with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to resolve a problem that has arisen regarding the date on which South Africans who will be abroad at the time of the upcoming elections will be able to vote. The designated date for this vote (provided those who intend voting have registered to do so beforehand) is 27 April, which falls on Shabbat, as well as the final day of Pesach. It therefore precludes a substantial number of Jewish community members from participating.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Embassy downgrade is South Africa’s loss

    Mar 14, 2019 Go comment!
    It’s a strange thing. The news that South Africa will be downgrading its embassy in Israel upset me for reasons I hardly expected. As a vocal supporter and advocate of Israel, I expected to be hurt by the injustice and the hypocrisy and the unfairness of it all.
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    • GavinRome

    Corruption: a tale of two countries

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    In Israel, the corrupt occupants of high public office have been subjected to the full brunt of a criminal justice system being applied without fear or favour.
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    • Steven Gruzd

    Will Israel policy impact on Western Cape vote?

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    If the South African government were to downgrade its Tel Aviv embassy before the elections on 8 May – not seen as likely – could the African National Congress (ANC) be punished at the polls by pro-Israel Christian voters in the Western Cape?
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    • AubreyKatzef

    Countdown to the Israeli elections

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    There have been dramatic changes in Israeli politics as the elections draw near. On announcement of the elections last year, there didn’t seem much to write about the right-wing parties, and it looked like a repeat of the last election was going to take place. The Likud party had 30 seats, and a number of smaller parties – HaBayit HaYehudi (the religious Orthodox Zionist party), Yisrael Beiteinu (secular right-wing nationalist party) and Kulanu (viewed by many as centre-right) – garnered another 24 seats.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Please pass the potatoes

    Mar 07, 2019 Go comment!
    I’ve tried to be offended the whole week, but to date, it hasn’t happened. And now I am worried. Genuinely so.
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