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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    An absolute right to defend a nation

    Oct 18, 2018 Go comment!
    As I was driving into work on Wednesday morning – the day we put this newspaper to bed – I heard about the long-range missile that hit a house in Beersheva before 4:00 that day.
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    The battle between the Doves and the Hawks

    Oct 11, 2018 Go comment!
    I was in Israel when I heard the phenomenal news that the South African Ambassador to Israel was going back to resume his duties. That was word from South Africa. When I mentioned it to the Israelis I knew, they seemed bemused, but for the most part they thought that that the embassy was already closed. For that matter, they also thought that the Israeli embassy in South Africa was closed, and that their ambassador was back home.
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    Let go of that pent-up anger and hatred!

    Sep 20, 2018 Go comment!
    Shana tova to all our readers! By the time you read this, Yom Kippur will have come and gone, although we are putting this newspaper to bed just hours before the start of the fast.
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    Take time to reassess and smell the roses

    Sep 06, 2018 Go comment!
    As a community, we punch way above our weight. Our contribution to the economy, the country, and its people is quite phenomenal. This was evident on Sunday night at our Absa Jewish Achiever Awards. I was so very proud of our community. We have every reason to be proud. It is not often that we actually take time to consider the good we do as a community and as individuals.
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    No more excommunicating people for their beliefs

    Aug 30, 2018 Go comment!
    As we witness anti-Israel sentiment spilling over into anti-Semitism here and around the world, it is time for us to set aside our differences, and work together against the storm.
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    We have nothing to hide

    Aug 23, 2018 Go comment!
    “Why would you run a story about a Jewish person who abused people in the SA Jewish Report? Surely it feeds anti-Semitism?”
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    You have the right to know

    Aug 16, 2018 Go comment!
    When I learnt that the case of Dr Steven Levy was back in front of the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s legal committee, this time to appeal the sentence, I felt queasy. In fact, that feeling had little to do with outcome, and everything to do with the reaction of the community to our last story about this man.
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    Join us in supporting #NoPlaceForHate

    Aug 10, 2018 Go comment!
    The SA Jewish Report fully endorses the Cape Board of Deputies’ #NoPlaceForHate campaign. We hope the whole community supports it, ensuring that it gets the full might and impact that we bring.
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    Gupta Minyan quotes have me unglued

    Aug 02, 2018 Go comment!
    I got a call earlier this week from a rabbi for whom I have huge respect asking me what it was like to be used by other journalists to promote anti-Semitism.
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    Standing by the values we hold

    Jul 26, 2018 1 Comment
    It was heart-warming to witness a sea of South African faces as far as my eye could see, as I watched the South African Friends of Israel (SAFI) march to the Union Buildings this week. I was watching the march as it was being livestreamed on Facebook from Pretoria, as we put this newspaper to bed on Wednesday. I was choked up to see the huge support Israel has in South Africa.
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    May your choices reflect your hopes…

    Jul 19, 2018 Go comment!
    “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” It seems so fitting to start my editorial with a quote from South Africa’s late president and icon, Nelson Mandela, who would have been 100 this week.
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    Doing it because it is the right thing to do

    Jul 12, 2018 Go comment!
    When I was incensed that an Iranian teenager, Maedeh Hojabri, was arrested for putting videos of herself dancing on social media, people looked at me quizzically. I was then so thrilled to see that people around the world supported her and I, too, wanted to do my bit.
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    Before we start packing for Perth…

    Jul 05, 2018 2 Comments
    South African Jewry is concerned that anti-Semitism is not just rising, but spiking. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies this week laid criminal charges against three people for hate speech.
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    Do something about crime and unemployment

    Jun 28, 2018 1 Comment
    I remember the special times I went strawberry picking at Mooiberge farm in Stellenbosch. First, my in-laws took us, and we ate almost as many strawberries as we collected. It’s a fabulous thing to do while holidaying in the Western Cape. Then, when our kids were little, they loved it too. I recall my youngest with his face covered with strawberry juice as he toddled around, laughing and playing between the rows of bushes. It was wonderful family time.
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    Yet another pro-Israel voice taken down

    Jun 21, 2018 Go comment!
    I was hoping to steer clear of the anti-Israel lobby in South Africa this week and tackle something completely different. It is getting repetitive.
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    Time to stand up and be counted

    Jun 14, 2018 Go comment!
    Hearing a woman tell me that she and her family “feel so at home and comfortable with Jewish people” was quite astonishing for me, especially as she is Christian, and has no obvious ties to the community. I had known her from a distance, but she came to chat to me at a function. She went on to tell me that she really wants her son to go to King David School.
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    We don’t go out the back door

    Jun 07, 2018 Go comment!
    Jewish people in South Africa have nothing to hide, and we certainly don’t have to be shamed into going out the back door.
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    Israel is not in Gaza!

    May 31, 2018 1 Comment
    It was not yet 7am in Israel on Tuesday morning when mortar and rocket fire rained down on the southern part of the country. As many as 120 were said to have been fired from Gaza.
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    Jumping into the mouth of the social media monster

    May 24, 2018 Go comment!
    We so often get asked why we are not more involved in social media and told that we need to up our game. The people asking are 100% correct – this is truly an area in which the SA Jewish Report needs to improve on. And our new CEO, Dani Kedar, is working hard on this.
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    Don’t force us to turn on Israel!

    May 17, 2018 2 Comments
    I keep wishing this week had been a bad dream rather than reality for the South African Jewish community, and that we would wake up and everything that has been said and done in the wake of the Gaza border killings was erased.
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