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The Jewish Report Editorial

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    Haley’s comet of the UN

    Mar 30, 2017 1 Comment
    When the then United Nations Ambassador nominee, Nikki Haley, first defended Israel in her opening statement, I sat up and listened. She was so impressive in her clear thinking, determination to ensure that no more would the United Nations bully this tiny country in the Middle East.
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    Holocaust and colonialism - no comparison

    Mar 23, 2017 Go comment!
    The DA’s Helen Zille made comments on Twitter last week that sunk her deep into hot water. She defended colonialism. To be exact, she tweeted: “For those claiming legacy of colonialism was only negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water, etc.”
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    Laughter is the best medicine

    Mar 16, 2017 1 Comment
    Temperatures rose across our readership this last week - some with laughter and others with ire - at our Purim shpiel, “Government to expropriate Yeshiva College, Sandringham Gardens”.
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    Apartheid didn’t bring peace

    Mar 09, 2017 4 Comments
    Apartheid was instituted in South Africa in 1948 in order to make sure that one racial group could feel and act superior to another. The idea was to ensure that one group was kept down so the other could soar, so that the one group would always “have” while the other - no matter what they did to change this - were held back from “having”.
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    A dysfunctional, caring family

    Mar 03, 2017 1 Comment
    We live in a society where dog eats dog and everyone is out there for themselves. That is, other than the Jewish community. Let me rephrase that: Jewish individuals are out there for themselves and their families, but more and more I realise that, despite that, there is an intrinsic kindness and care for community that I don’t believe exists in any other community.
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    What Donald Trump does, matters to us

    Feb 16, 2017 1 Comment
    “Why should I care if Donald Trump rules in America? It doesn't affect me.” This sentiment, which was proffered as feedback for our edition last week, seems to be widespread among the community. Some food for thought from editor Peta Krost Maunder
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    I have come full circle

    Feb 09, 2017 10 Comments
    As the new editor of the SA Jewish Report, I feel like I have come full circle. For many years, I have worked in the mainstream media, starting out in newspapers, then onto television and finally working on magazines (among other media), but my career all started on Jewish newspapers.
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    Global impact of the Holocaust

    Feb 02, 2017 Go comment!
    No event since biblical times has impacted on the Jews of the world like the monstrous German extermination policy of Adolf Hitler - the Holocaust.
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    The end of a memorable chapter

    Dec 07, 2016 Go comment!
    It is with a mixture of sadness and relief that I am stepping down as editor of the SA Jewish Report at the end of this year. This, our bumper Chanukah edition, is our last print issue of 2016, though we will still be posting news on our website and Facebook page.
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    Education in focus

    Nov 16, 2016 Go comment!
    After the recent chaos and disruption on university campuses across the country, we focus in on tertiary education. It is not surprising that South African Jews are concerned for their children’s futures and considering alternatives to the local universities. Immigration or at least sending children abroad if opportunity and resources allow, have long formed part of our narrative.
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    Some weeks stay in memory

    Nov 10, 2016 1 Comment
    As we went to print on Wednesday, news had broken of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. After the shock, came the jokes, including a very memorable one from the Jewish Report’s chairman, Howard Sackstein, who posted on Facebook: “Syria - how many American refugees are you prepared to take in?”
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    Above Board - Week 36

    Sep 21, 2016 1 Comment
    Speaking out against racism and prejudice wherever and whenever it occurs is part of the SAJBD’s mandate. Rather than being separate from our core mission which is to protect and uphold Jewish civil rights, it is in fact, part of the same broad goal.
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    Paying tribute to South African heroes

    Jul 20, 2016 1 Comment
    During the July school holidays, I visited Ibiza for the first time - the exotic Spanish island where the rich and beautiful flock to enjoy its beaches and famous nightlife.
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    What’s in store for you this week

    Jun 29, 2016 Go comment!
    Welcome to another issue of the SA Jewish Report. Our cities are somewhat quieter as winter school holidays have begun and families are departing for the coastlines or even overseas-for the luckiest ones!
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    Can we do better?

    Jun 15, 2016 3 Comments
    The shooting spree at the upscale Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv last week Wednesday night that killed four Israelis and wounded six others, adds to the tally of 33 Israelis and 200 Palestinians who have been killed in the Israeli Palestinian conflict just since October.
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    Jewish Cape Town: Faribels and festivities

    Jun 01, 2016 Go comment!
    This is a very big year for Cape Town Jewry. The community is celebrating 175 years of existence, beginning in 1841 with the founding of the Cape Town Hebrew Congregation. This actually marks the birth of organised Jewish life in southern Africa too.
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    What do controversial stories say about us?

    May 04, 2016 1 Comment
    The South African Jewish Report has received surprisingly little criticism for some of the more controversial stories we have recently chosen to cover. These include the ongoing saga of the international fugitive and alleged sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland who is facing imminent extradition to Israel after evading the law for quite some time.
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    The chorus doesn’t change the song

    Apr 20, 2016 1 Comment
    Last week, the board of the South African Jewish Report debated whether we should join the rising tidal wave of voices in leadership positions, including the ANC’s Gauteng Executive Committee, in calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation.
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    The never-ending road to freedom

    Apr 13, 2016 1 Comment
    Exploring the concepts of freedom and Pesach, are already well travelled roads, so our cover this week tries to examine them with novelty and relevance. We hope our readers enjoy and recognise the symbolism of renowned graffiti artist and political commentator Banksy’s black figure who is seen bashing his way through a matzah to the freedom of the Promised Land.
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    Jonathan Kaplan - Interview with the editor

    Apr 06, 2016 3 Comments
    Jonathan Kaplan, former 2010 Achiever Award Winner for Arts, Science Culture and Sports, and world record holder for refereeing the most number of rugby test matches, is expecting a baby boy at the end of May, just a few months before he turns 50. Ordinary enough except that Kaplan, who is not married but in a relationship, is doing this on his own, using both an egg donor and a surrogate.
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