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Reversing Israel hatred starts with young minds

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There’s a solution to the problem of Israel haters. It’s long term, but successful. Let me give you an example.

In the late 1950s, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion met Chancellor Konrad Adenauer of Germany somewhere in Europe. It was a secret meeting. The two statesmen had decided that the Jews and Germans somehow had to overcome the tragedy of the Holocaust. Various ideas were discussed, and they parted with the understanding that they would meet again and come up with the solution.

After Ben Gurion returned to Israel, the story broke that he had met Adenauer, and there was widespread unhappiness among survivors of the concentration camps. Demonstrations were held and demands were made that Ben Gurion should resign.

So, Ben Gurion went back to Adenauer, and told him there was much unhappiness among many Israelis, and there was a generation of Jews who would never forgive nor forget. It was decided then to start reconciliation with young children who had no knowledge of the past. There was an ongoing exchange of young people and over the years, the system had been so successful, that by the mid-1970s there were more tourists in Israel from Germany than from any other country. Lufthansa became the airline of choice for Israelis. Israeli companies bought German machinery and technology. The system which started with small children became very successful.

We have to implement a carbon copy of the successful Israel/German experiment in South Africa. We need to influence young minds. We should have exhibitions at black schools about how Israel helps Africa and the world at large. Let children see for themselves what Israel does. They don’t know anything about Israel. Top matric students should be offered bursaries/scholarships to study at Israeli institutions. Let South African black students get Israeli degrees or diplomas. We have to invest in the youth. It’s a long term proposition, but the current generation, particularly of grown-ups, is a lost cause. We need to control the narrative, and give the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement a free pass.

We need as many people as possible on Israel’s side. We have enough enemies.

Another idea is to print a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly advert in a local newspaper telling all the readers about the latest inventions/innovations and good-news stories coming out of Israel.

At the moment, we don’t control the narrative. Let’s do something about it.

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Tribute to a man who embodies Judaism at its best

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As the Torah observant manager of a busy food establishment and as a member of the Jewish community, I wish to give thanks and recognition to a pillar of righteousness.

Rabbi Yossi Baumgarten joined the United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) kashrut department more than 40 years ago, and gave the prime of his life to serve the community.

No factory was too far. No mashgiach question was turned away, even if called at 01:00.

Baumgarten addressed kashrut matters with integrity and honesty, and with a zest and energy that motivated and inspired all those who had the privilege and honour to work with him.

I once had the privilege of going on a trip with Baumgarten. The man is utter Judaism. From the way he treats others, to the way he ties his shoes and walks. His greatness is in his kindness, humility, and truthfulness.

The UOS kashrut department has been internationally recognised for decades as a result of the sterling input of Baumgarten, and this is evident by the many calls and messages he would field throughout the day from people all over the world. Whether it be a call from the Orthodox Union or the OK or Star K certification agencies, or a mashgiach or local housewife, the Jewish local community and the kosher world at large owe Baumgarten a debt of gratitude.

On behalf of the Mashgiach Association, we wish Baumgarten much strength and success in all his future endeavours.

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Deafening silence about Afghanistan, hue and cry about Israel

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Tali Feinberg’s excellent piece in the SA Jewish Report (2 September) titled Africa4Palestine Compares Israel to Nazi Germany, offers sufficient expert academic opinion to totally discredit this narrative that is the backbone of the organisation’s campaign. That crusade together with the continuous use of the apartheid canard has one goal only: the total destruction and delegitimisation of Israel. Both apartheid and Nazi myths carry powerful emotive connotations.

While these falsehoods are somewhat over-played and over-used, Israel’s defensive operations are what elevates the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions organisation’s attack to a crescendo. Just months ago, the world erupted in a show of anger, with hordes filling the streets of capital cities, admonishing only Israel during a conflict with the Hamas terror group.

Contrast that to the recent get together in which Hamas and Islamic Jihad poured congratulations on the Taliban for the takeover of Afghanistan and broke bread together. These Sunni terror groups, including Al-Qaeda, share an ideology of gender violence and misogyny, and support each other in multiple ways. Of course, the Taliban’s unmentionable barbaric treatment of women has been well documented and condemned by most of the world.

Those throngs of protesters voicing thunderous support for Hamas, the blood brothers of the Taliban, now manifest a deafening silence. Where is “the squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib? Not forgetting Jewish college students on the left, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Are those protesters oblivious to the plight of Afghan girls and women?

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US left’s outrage over Kabul bombing smacks of hypocrisy

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As the deadline for the evacuation of those desperate to flee the Taliban take-over of Afghanistan approaches, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) detonated two deadly suicide explosions in the airport precinct of Kabul, killing more than 60 civilians together with 13 United States (US) military personnel.

This tragedy as the events in Afghanistan unfold bought home the reality of having to contend with these types of contemptable and despicable atrocities that aren’t foreign to the Middle East – not to forget where suicide bombing originated more than 20 years ago.

The untimely deaths of the 13 US servicemen has had a profound effect on the psyche of the American public, whose outrage is expressed in most prominent press reports, and is a stark reminder of the dangers of foreign assistance to unstable areas around the world.

Why should American boys die while defending freedom and democracy, is a question on everybody’s lips.

Most Americans, from Democratic liberals to the Republicans, are outraged and incensed – about the only time that the two agree on anything. Even those high-profile celebrities, with the likes of “The Squad” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. Not to forget Trevor Noah and the Hadid girls, and of course, the left Jewish college students, who all had much to say in their condemnation of the only country in the region able to stand up to terrorism of this kind.

Just a short while back, these good folk were singing the praises of another organisation, the actual founders and inventors of suicide attacks, in fact showing no remorse whatsoever that such attacks are perpetrated against other democracies. In those cases, the perpetrators are the heroes, and the victims condemned by this coterie. Would this set be accused of hypocrisy? Surely not, given the outrage demonstrated today in the US.

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