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    • Steven Gruzd

    Bibi’s Africa strategy picks up steam

    Jan 31, 2019 1 Comment
    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to the north-central African nation of Chad. The roundtrip took 23 hours. He met Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno in the vast landlocked country’s sweltering, dusty capital, N’Djamena (Arabic for “place of rest”).
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Imagine if I were sensitive?

    Jan 31, 2019 1 Comment
    I am no stranger to hate mail. I have been photoshopped into gas chambers because I am Jewish. I have been called a baby murderer sympathiser because I support Israel. I have been threatened overtly, and I have had very dangerous looking people arrive at the door of the studio and wait for me to end my show.
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    • Geoff

    Docility: our society’s quiet calamity

    Jan 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Where are the youth protestors, the “trouble-makers” who keep all societies alive? What on earth will it take for South Africans to become so riled up by the corruption revealed in the Zondo and other commissions that they take to the streets with placards, demonstrate outside the commission’s Parktown premises, and block off roads outside the homes of the people implicated in corruption?
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    African Jewry comes out of the shadows

    Jan 31, 2019 Go comment!
    South Africa today is home to a Jewish community that is by far the largest in Africa, but up until comparatively recently, this was not the case. Rather, the main centre of Jewish life on the African continent was Morocco, with other North African countries like Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, as well as Ethiopia, for many centuries having a substantial Jewish presence.
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    • JADE8617

    We must pass the torch of democracy to a new generation of voters

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    The 2019 national and provincial elections will be yet another milestone event in the history of our country.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    Are we biting the hand that helps the community?

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    There is no doubting the financial pressures that South Africans are experiencing across the country. Years of slow economic growth, a weakening currency, and the looting of resources has created a perfect storm. The cash crunch is tangible.
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    • Geoff

    Hero? Villain? Who gets to blow that strong whistle?

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    When a bold man raises his head too far above the parapet, he risks having his head chopped off. By either side.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Poll-registration drive encourages Jewish youth to get on voters’ roll

    Jan 24, 2019 Go comment!
    As reported last week, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies has been conducting a nationwide voter-registration drive to encourage Jewish community members to make sure that they are registered to vote in the upcoming national and provincial elections.
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    • Marc Falconer

    Reflections on matric

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    Anyone over the age of 40 who attends a 21st birthday party and does not share any genetic material with the celebrant, or does not at least distantly remember that young adult in nappies, may have to settle in for a long night. It is not one of those invitations which it is easy to excuse oneself from attending.
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    • GavinRome

    Icon of lefty Zionism is gone

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel’s celebrated author, Amos Oz, was an icon for how one can be both an unapologetic Zionist and a fierce critic of Israel’s nationalistic, right-wing drift.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    Board’s election manifesto calls for greater tolerance and civility

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    The next few months will doubtless be dominated by news and discussion about the upcoming national elections scheduled to take place early in May. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies is running a multifaceted pre-election awareness and educational campaign called Make Us Count aimed at involving our community as much as possible in the process.
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    • Geoff

    Incendiary stories that turn the world

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    What is it about a politician’s speech that you remember afterwards? His catchy phrases? His body language? The urgency in his voice? These are often more memorable than the content. Mostly, he or she is a storyteller on a stage.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    In Plett, villa mix-up becomes mewling brawl

    Jan 17, 2019 Go comment!
    As a child, December holidays meant Muizenberg. As an adult, we seemed to spend the time on the Atlantic Seaboard. And then this year, for the first time, we decided to give Plettenberg Bay a bash. Spoiler alert: we loved it, even though it started off a little shaky.
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    • BenjiShulman

    Humus with Hamas: what is the ANC thinking?

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    South Africa woke up last week to yet another delegation of Hamas in the country. South Africa under the African National Congress (ANC) has always been the world’s “rogue democracy”, engaging with all manner of dictators and autocrats. But why the specific interest in the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist organisation?
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    • Steven Gruzd

    What to watch out for in 2019

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    As the curtain comes down on 2018, what might 2019 bring for South Africa, Israel, and beyond?
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    • HilaryJoffe

    Next year depends on three ‘E’s

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    This year opened on a euphoric note after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to President of the African National Congress. It raised hopes of a turnaround in South Africa’s economic fortunes.
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    • AboveBoardShaunZagnoev (3)

    A year of activism for community and country

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    This being the final Above Board column for the year, I will, as has become tradition, take the opportunity of reviewing the work of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) during this period. For the country as a whole, there have been many momentous developments, while from the SAJBD’s point of view, it was another exceptionally busy year in which, in spite the occasional set-back, we accomplished a great deal, and recorded many significant successes.
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    • Howard Feldman 2018

    The lessor-known lesson of Chanukah

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    Chanukah is so last week. Which makes it a lot less topical than I would like. That means that if I choose to use my column to speak about it, then I must consider it to be that important. And I do.
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    • Geoff

    Denialism: what you refuse to know can kill you

    Dec 13, 2018 Go comment!
    HIV/AIDS doesn’t make the headlines these days as it once did. It has largely slipped under the radar because medically, the disease is now managed successfully.
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    • Howard  Sackstein

    The American consulate at 1 Leila Khaled Drive

    Dec 06, 2018 1 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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