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Rasta KosherWorld incident smacks of set-up

The Star newspaper must be complimented on its journalistic integrity for featuring as a front-page story on Wednesday April 8, an incident at a kosher coffee shop smacking of alleged racial profiling, according to one of the aggrieved patrons.

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Allan Wolman

And again, compliments to the reporter and cameraman who both just happened to be at that coffee shop when this incident took place; such coincidences are commonplace among investigative journalists…

Or perhaps the reporter and cameraman were simply staking out those premises, expecting such breaking news worthy of front-page exposure? But what a news scoop worthy of yet another front-page story the following day! What journalistic excellence that The Star would devote two consecutive front-page stories together with those subliminal photographs, to such an incident!

Now, while those vigilant reporters were busy staking-out the kosher coffee shop, they missed a violent xenophobic attack two weeks prior at a Rosebank cinema on three young men wearing Jewish skull caps. Quite understandable that violence against Jews wearing their yarmulkes would hardly warrant a mention in that newspaper or if it had, such a report would probably conveniently be tucked away on one of the inside pages.

If one were cynical, could your readers be blamed for suspecting those front-page exposures being a “set-up” by these three aggrieved people, together with the reporter, simply in order to embarrass the Jewish community, two days running, superseding news such as ISIL’s carnage or the bombing of Sanaa in Yemen by Saudi forces killing innocent women and children?

 

Rosebank, Johannesburg

 

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  1. Theresia Wysoke

    Apr 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    ‘Definitely a set up!Can’t blame the security guard for being over cautious.Look what happened at the Supermarket in Paris.The 3 Rastas were not physically harmed or subjected to hate speech,as the 3 boys in Rosebank were.And 2 front page headlines!This,together with the disgusting editorial in the Cape Times on the 13th,means that I will not renew my subscription to The Star.’

  2. Denis Solomons

    Apr 17, 2015 at 9:15 am

    ‘Xenophobic attacks in South Africa are now making headline news on CNN.

    In depth reporting shows looting , robbing, mugging and hijacking in Durban and central Johannesburg .

    This is obviously not good for the country !

    Will there be a spin-off for the Jewish community ?’

  3. abu mamzer

    Apr 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    ‘The Star also omitted to report that moslem boat asylum seekers from Libya,threw the Christian refugees into the sea.’

  4. Anonymous

    May 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    ‘I don’t deny that the Star has an agenda, but no one can deny that racial profiling is an issue in this community. Just ask any non-white Jew or convert.’

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“Clearly you’re a Zionist, going around demanding shit”

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I’m so sad that I came across this terrible article (“Professor of propaganda” by Howard Sackstein, SA Jewish Report, 3 June 2021).

First, I’m a Wits-trained doctor, and I admire doctors like Professor Shabir Moosa who are able to step outside their comfort zones and challenge the minds and beliefs of their younger doctors. South Africa needs more doctors that stand up for what’s right. Israel is an apartheid state. Please stop denying it! You’re basically killing Arabs and jailing innocent kids. You have no humanity as a Zionist.

Second, he posted his article on this group, and that made interns feel uncomfortable! Oh please, grow up! It’s a bunch of white men trying to bully us into acting in a way suitable for them. Imagine, a bunch of privileged white men felt uncomfortable for the first time in their life!

Third, screw the author! That he thinks he has any authority to report and demand “action”. Who do you think you are? Clearly, you’re a Zionist. Going around demanding shit. When you deserve nothing.

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Why seek citizenship of murderous Lithuania?

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“Most of our ancestors were forced to flee Lithuania in terrible circumstances, and restoring our citizenship will go a long way to address the wrongs of the past.” I find these words by the national vice-president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to be shameful and incomprehensible. To claim, as Zev Krengel does, that ex-Lithuanian Jews have an ancestral right to citizenship is an insult to the G-d of Israel. The only country to which any Jew has an ancestral right is the land of Israel.

When the Nazis marched into Lithuania in 1941, the government and people (with a handful of exceptions) didn’t lift a finger as Jews in more than 200 shtetls were humiliated, tortured, and ultimately murdered by Lithuanian collaborators. Which Jew with pure emotions would now wish to seek citizenship of that country, or any European country which willingly aided and abetted Nazi murderers?

The yizkor (remembrance) prayer that Jews recite in synagogues four times a year includes one for martyrs: “May G-d remember the souls of the holy and pure ones who were murdered, gassed, burned, strangled for the sanctification of the name through the hands of the German oppressors and their collaborators. (Yemach s’hmom v’zichron – may their name and memory be obliterated.) No, Mr Krengel, no amount of time will “restore the wrongs of the past”.

The most tragic event in Jewish history – the Holocaust – has taught the Jewish people that it’s forbidden for us to derive any benefit from countries that persecuted our people. (Hilchot Sanhedrin 15:9). How can any Jew with pure emotions associate with these places, much less seek citizenship?

With all due respect to Krengel and all those who seek citizenship of these murderous countries, may I humbly suggest that you rather seek citizenship in your one and only true ancestral homeland – the land of Israel. Seeking citizenship anywhere but Israel, after 2 000 years of bitter exile, is scorning G-d’s most precious gift to His people.

Further, I believe that to fulfil the commandment of “may their name and memory be obliterated”, no Jew should ever set foot in or associate with these countries in any way. It’s with dismay that one sees influential Orthodox groups spending money on resurrecting Judaism in these murderous countries instead of obliterating their names.

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None of us are angels, but condemnation of Israel is truly sick

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I’m appalled by prominent members of our government, even one of our own – Ronnie Kasrils – who has the gall to speak out against Israel, Zionism, and the Jews for what happened recently in Gaza, even to the extent of mentioning a Jewish policeman or soldier with his knee on a dead Palestinian child. This isn’t the way Jews behave. We are very conscious of our Judaism and families, and kindness is in our genetic make-up.

The photo I’m referring to was taken years ago, in a completely foreign country, and it incites hate where it doesn’t belong.

Sick people have caused anxiety and fear during the pandemic by publishing pictures of COVID-19-related crimes and other lies on Facebook and WhatsApp, and by publishing old photos and leading us to believe that they are fresh situations.

None of us are angels who never sin. But can anyone truly believe that no action should be taken against 4 000 rockets fired at a country indiscriminately? Does any other army in the world advise the perpetrators that they should evacuate because they don’t want to hurt or kill innocent people when they retaliate?

Well, Israel does.

In conclusion, Israel isn’t fighting Gazans, it’s fighting Hamas. The people who run Gaza are Hamas, not the Palestinians. They made the fatal mistake of allowing Hamas to run their country. It uses them as shields and doesn’t give a damn about their safety or well-being.

So, wake up South Africa, and all who condemn Israel for defending its citizens – you would do the same!

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