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Woolies rubbish rumours of going Gaza on Israel

Forget the bumph that was spread like a virtual virus on Jewish social media today. Woolworths have come out loudly and proudly apolitical, as always, and have moved to stifle mischievous rumours that they are planning to stop carrying Israeli products. It’s all nonsense, Woolies told SAJR Online today – and they have even posted it on their corporate website to allay any concerns that the community may have. Read the real story. Click the link to their website. Read all about it…

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ANT KATZ

SA Jewry almost platzed today after all the social media to-ing and fro-ing about Woolworths stopping to import Israeli products went completely viral. Things got so hot, in fact, that the SA Zionist Federation even issued two notices assuring the community that this was not the case.

Sure they have had demands from unions and the EFF to stop carrying Israeli goods, Woolworths’ Corporate Press Office admitted to SAJR. 

“Less than 0.1 per cent of our food is sourced from Israel,” says Woolworths. That’s a far cry from the percentage of their business they do with SA Jewry, although that never factored into their decision. “Woolworths has no political affiliations,” they stated emphatically.

And, as a sign of good faith to the Jewish community, Woolies have posted the following statement on their corporate website:

Woolies logo

‘Sourcing from Israel’

“We can confirm that we have not stopped stocking Israeli products in Woolworths stores.

“Woolworths has no political affiliations. We respect our customers’ right to make individual purchasing choices, which is why we clearly label every product’s country of origin and fully comply with government guidelines on product from Israel.

“Less than 0.1% of our food is sourced from Israel,” reads their notice.

Panic set in community

Woolworths confirmed to Jewish Report that their customer support lines were inundated with calls from Jewish customers today – although they have no idea where the rumours started.

So rattled was SA Jewry by the concerns that the SA Zionist Federation issued two statements to their mailing lists and the media today reaffirming Woolworths’ position.

Letter to the editor

SAJR reader Joane Frank submitted the following letter today, Tuesday, which is representative of the numerous enquiries that SAJR received:

This morning my daughter reported to me that she heard the DJ on the Morning Mayhem show of ChaiFM state that Woolworths will no longer be stocking Israeli goods.

This naturally upset me and I called the Woolworths loyalty card department to ask them what their records reflect that I spend.  I didn’t hear the name of the person who took my call, but he happily stated that my average spend is some R8 000 per year.  This was then the amount, I informed him, that I will no longer be spending.  I stated that I have been shopping at Woolworths for over thirty years and if it is indeed true that Woolworths will no longer stock Israeli goods then I will return my loyalty card and never set foot in the store again. 

Now I may not have the conversation word perfect because I wasn’t taking notes, but the following was clear: the Woolworths man on the phone spoke with knowledge of the issue and responded that Israeli goods only make up about 1% of Woolworths stock and that Woolworths are considering the position.  Considering the position?

Does this mean that Woolworths are just contemplating not stocking Israeli goods?  And why?  My daughter called the Woolworths Customer Service line to be told that the issue is “under review” which infers a decision was already taken or that they are indeed contemplating such a decision. 

Following my inquiries to the Chevrah Kadisha, Tania at the Chev called me back to say she had spoken to a Woolworths “PR” at the head office who said this is all just a rumour.

Well was it?

As ChaiFM had broadcast the news I assumed this wasn’t just on rumour and requested their comment. Kathy Kaler responded that she spoke to the head of Woolworths marketing who put her on to the Woolworths Media liaison who confirmed that in fact Woolworths will no longer be stocking produce from Israel, and that they may overturn this when they see the reaction from the community but as it stands, there is no Israeli produce in the stores.

I’m still not shopping at Woolworths any more until I hear the company’s satisfactory stance on the matter, especially in view of the overt hostilities being expressed towards the Jewish community during this latest Israeli ordeal.  Whether we hear it as crude threats or masterful public relations, we should take care to understand the underlying sentiment.   

There are a growing number of distressing anecdotes about local commercial entities who are now refusing to sell or give services to Jews. Could the Jewish Report encourage members of the community to report these incidents for publication so that the safety implications could register on the communal scale? This would also help give the lie to the we’re-not-anti-Semitic-we’re-only-anti-Israel agenda.

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186 Comments

186 Comments

  1. Gary Selikow

    Jul 30, 2014 at 7:03 am

    ‘We need to buy Israeli good whenever we see them and also boycott shops that stop selling them

    This country does not only belong to the pro-Palestine lobby’

  2. ChristianAparthidesurvivor

    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    ‘WE as South Africans know all to well what Oppression really is, WE need to STOP Buying ISRAELI GOODS where ever we see them and BOYCOTT ALL THOSE company’s and stores who SUPPORT that Terrorist racist FAKE STATE , THAT country and that LAND Belongs to the people PALESTINIAN ! Both JEWISH , Christian and Muslim Palestinians . NOT those Racist Zionist JEWS giving GOOD Jews a BAD Name!’

  3. Faizel Gani

    Jul 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    ‘I nor my family , friends or community will buy from any store who stock Jewish / Israeli produce that has been cultivated on the sweat and back if the Palestinians who have been violated in every regard by the zionusts settlers ‘

  4. Kim jooma

    Jul 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    ‘What Israel?israel is on stolen land,if goods are imported they should be labeled \”product of territory occupied by Israel\” south Africa stands for human rights unlike Israel who violates them and calls it self defense against defense less women and children.victory is coming to Palestine very very soon. Phansi apartheid Israel ‘

  5. Rahilla

    Jul 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    ‘Woolworths you lost the support of so many Muslims. I hope you feel it’

  6. AHMED AMLA

    Jul 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    ‘This country fought the filthy apartheid regime and got through it eventually. The government should ban all israeli oppressive goods coming into the country and cancel all deals with their terrorist government. A global boycott is certainly required to show israelis that we will not sit by and watch massacres of children without taking action. Sad about woolworths stance… I definitely wont be buying there ever again. . I stand for peace…not war. 

    As Nelson Mandela said..our freedom cannot be enjoyed until the plight of the palestinians is not resolved.

  7. rashida mohamed

    Jul 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    ‘I visited woolies on sunday and still noticed products frn israel on the shelved and i then decided that i will no longer support woolworths   and i was shocked to speak to most people that i spoke to shared my sentiments’

  8. Zunaid

    Jul 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    ‘Anybody with a heart should boycott all Israeli products. To stop them killing innocent people.’

  9. Ayesha

    Jul 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    ‘This is not a religious issue, Jewish, Zionist, Muslim or otherwise. This is merely a humanitarian issue, innocent women and children are being murdered because of Israeli armies.
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  10. I.Segal

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:47 am

    ‘I certainly would not buy from any shop that deliberately stopped selling Israeli goods’

  11. Fatima Bhyat

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:40 am

    ‘How can the good people of South Africa not see the massacre that is going on  in Gaza. Are your hearts so hard, minds so closed that you can no longer see the evil. I will be closing my account. ‘

  12. Akila

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:46 am

    ‘This has become a major humanatarian issue.   How does Israel justify the killing of innocent children playing in a park.   My message is simple boycot all israeli products. This iswhere they will feel it most  PnP is another store. As we all know its owned by .’

  13. Washeelah Kapery

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:48 am

    ‘Boycotting Israeli goods is a humanitarian and economic  issue, not a religious one.  Remember the impact of boycotts and sanctions on the Apartheid state of SA.  I spend more than R 25,000 per annum with Woollies and so do many people I know.  As long as they continue to stock Israeli goods I will be morally obligated to  boycott my favourite store’

  14. Bloubul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:49 am

    ‘sal nooit weer by enige winkels koop wat Israeli produkte aanhou nie. Ek is dalk nie arabiers nie, maar ek het tog ‘n sin vir menseregte. Dis hoog tyd dat die wereld wakker word en nie alles glo wat hulle op tv sien nie. Dis nie net Moslems wat Israel dood maak nie, dis Christene ook!!!’

  15. arshaad

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:51 am

    ‘we all know that the muslims of south Africa are the biggest buyers and we shop a lot so we will do our utmost best to cripple the jews in this country and if it means taking business away from woolworths,mcdonalds,coke and many other places we will do it for the pain and suffering the Israil bastards are doing to our muslim brother and sisters and kids’

  16. mrs asmal

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:51 am

    ‘I loved shopping at woolworths but will not shop there anymore because of the situation in occupied Isreal ‘

  17. Miriam

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:52 am

    ‘In a time of war for Israel against an implacable enemy,when Israel is burying their young soldiers, is all this ballyhoo necessary????   ‘

  18. Farhana

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:53 am

    ‘R8 000 a year!? You must be joking! I used to spend average R1 000 a WEEK at WOOLIES, that’s food alone. Excluding clothing for my entire family of 7, averaging R 3 000 every 3 months or so. That’s R 60 000 a year that Woolworths won’t be getting from ME anymore . And I am so happy with my decision, Edited – ED

  19. muneeba

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:02 am

    ‘I can’t understand why would. It be such a tough decision to boycott illegal isreal. ..if woolies only imports .1% that wouldn’t tickle their losses even if the zionest that follow

    I stand firm and think we should boycott woollies totally until their ‘review’ and ‘decision’ is final!!!

    Oh and that whole labeling hogwash…yeah

    So not true, once they heard we boycotting woolies they ACTUALLY REMOVED the \”made in isreal’ stickers that was so visible lol really!!!’

  20. Nazmeera

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:13 am

    ‘I will deff nit shop at woolies anymore until all products from Israel are removed from the shelves permanently!’

  21. mariam

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:18 am

    ‘I spend app 4000 per month as I buy for my customers in my work environment-so sales In year app 36000 per year . 

    I will not be doing anymore cos to watch woman and children being killed like they are animals Is slowly killing me . Where is humanity gon.e

  22. zaheda

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:19 am

    ‘For the sake of human rights, boycott all Israeli products which supports the funding of killing of innocent people’

  23. Rubi

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:19 am

    ‘I certainly would not buy from any shop that sold products made on stolen Palestinian land. Woolworths has lost my business that is way more than R8000 a year. Your loss.’

  24. Tasneem

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:23 am

    ‘Woolworths wil lose so many muslim customers if dey continue to stock Israel products. Its not because we are muslim, its a matter of principle. The Jewish woman spends R8000 a year, I aswell as many other Muslims I know spend  over R1000 a month, which is R12000 a year. you do the math, whose Business is more important? When SA had apartheid, d products were boycotted in so many countries, SA should do the same to Israel’

  25. Aisha

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

    ‘I certaintly will not buy from shops that stock goods inmported from Israel. ‘

  26. Mohamed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:25 am

    ‘Boycott Israeli goods. They are tainted by Palestinian blood. The Zionist population  is so small in South Africa it won’t even make a scratch to the shops that boycott Israeli goods from the stolen land.’

  27. Duke

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:26 am

    ‘this is absurd. stocking products from Israel does not make any shop anti-palestine. You dont cut off your nose to spite your face. as for muslims boycotting woolies clealry you have not been in woolies the day before eid. or clearly did not see this morning all the relief products going to the Gaza branded pnp no name. we are human and want isreal to stop bombing palestine because the innocent is being killed but then hamas must stop sending in their terrorist when there is a call for peace talks. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EDW88CBo-8

  28. zaheda

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:33 am

    ‘For the sake of human rights, stop supporting the Israelis who are responsible for the deaths of innocent people’

  29. Rabia Kajee

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

    ‘To be honest! I lost trust in purchasing from woollies when we were informed of the pigs basting brushes they make use of for their cakes and other confectioneries! this alone is enough to STOP dealing with woollies! Come on brothers and sisters! did we have to wait for these  shelling of bombs on helpless women and children to give us a wake up call! do some homework! Strick woolworth off your shopping list!!!don’t  feel proud to shop in the house of muderers!!!!!’

  30. Duke

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

    ‘And another thing we are South Africans Muslims and Jews. Your neighbour did not harm you but now you want spite him. Where is the public outcry against or the muslim militant groups that have for years plagued our own neighbour countries. boko haram that has killed over 10 000 people. where is the outcry over the people they killed kids being killed with machetes and their villages burnt down. huh, where is your outcry when the suicide bombers take innocent lives. now that israel finally decided they had enough of palestine shit and want to really teach them a lesson now they want to cry foul. im not here to judge or take sides. im saying stop choosing fights that is close to home but when you the people bullying it is ok. we the people of south africa want isreal to stop their shit because there are innocent casualties but then hamas should also stop provoking them. and i hope the when this issue is resolved that those that were so passionate about this cause will now speak about on the other atrocities in which these militant groups are involved.’

  31. Duke

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

    ‘And another thing we are South Africans Muslims and Jews. Your neighbour did not harm you but now you want spite him. Where is the public outcry against or the muslim militant groups that have for years plagued our own neighbour countries. boko haram that has killed over 10 000 people. where is the outcry over the people they killed kids being killed with machetes and their villages burnt down. huh, where is your outcry when the suicide bombers take innocent lives. now that israel finally decided they had enough of palestine shit and want to really teach them a lesson now they want to cry foul. im not here to judge or take sides. im saying stop choosing fights that is close to home but when you the people bullying it is ok. we the people of south africa want isreal to stop their shit because there are innocent casualties but then hamas should also stop provoking them. and i hope the when this issue is resolved that those that were so passionate about this cause will now speak about on the other atrocities in which these militant groups are involved.

  32. raeesa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:06 am

    ‘You do not need to be muslim to stand for Gaza you need to be human. Given our country’s history we should all be against any form of apartheid and condemn Israels actions.

    PLEASE WATCH

     An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati: http://youtu.be/93hqlmrZKd8b

     will give you great insight on what the Israeli army is really doing. 

    Also TescoUK which is a much larger enterprise than Woolworths has stopped importing Israeli products this should open our eyes!!!!

    Cinsider the innocent Jews Christians and Muslim  children of Gaza ..

    Woolworths….show ur support for gaza Make a difference ‘

  33. Abdullah

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:11 am

    ‘I really hope Woolworths reconsider their decision… the ropes will tighten

    The South African Community’

  34. raeesa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

    ‘You do not need to be muslim to stand for Gaza you need to be human. Given our country’s history we should all be against any form of apartheid and condemn Israels actions.

    PLEASE WATCH

     An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati: http://youtu.be/93hqlmrZKd8b

     will give you great insight on what the Israeli army is really doing. 

    Also TescoUK which is a much larger enterprise than Woolworths has stopped importing Israeli products this should open our eyes!!!!

    Cinsider the innocent Jews Christians and Muslim  children of Gaza ..

    Woolworths….show ur support for gaza Make a difference ‘

  35. zee

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:18 am

    ‘Duke u shud no that hamas called for a ceasefire many times. Israel rejected. They want a ceasefire on their terms which are unfavourable to Palestine. let’s not forget how just yesterday Israel bombed a market during a ceasefire knowing very well that people were stocking up on food etc. If tesco can stop stocking products from Israel why can’t woolworths. Israel was one of the only countries that was for apartheid in sa so I don’t see why ANY South African should  still support them. Nobody is going to cry over overpriced litchis tainted with blood.

     ‘

  36. Duke

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

    ‘And another thing we are South Africans Muslims and Jews. Your neighbour did not harm you but now you want spite him. Where is the public outcry against or the muslim militant groups that have for years plagued our own neighbour countries. boko haram that has killed over 10 000 people. where is the outcry over the people they killed kids being killed with machetes and their villages burnt down. huh, where is your outcry when the suicide bombers take innocent lives. now that israel finally decided they had enough of palestine shit and want to really teach them a lesson now they want to cry foul. im not here to judge or take sides. im saying stop choosing fights that is close to home but when you the people bullying it is ok. we the people of south africa want isreal to stop their shit because there are innocent casualties but then hamas should also stop provoking them. and i hope the when this issue is resolved that those that were so passionate about this cause will now speak about on the other atrocities in which these militant groups are involved.

  37. Mahomed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

    ‘In response to Duke’s statement.

    Firstly Hamas was elected by the people of palastine so they are as legitimate as Netanyahu’s government.

    Secondly why is Hamas being referred to as a terrorist 

    organisation, they are freedom fighters, fighting for the land that Israel has stolen & is still stealing from them.

    I remember not long back when the ANC were referred to as a terrorist organisation but they too were freedom fighters fighting for freedom from the Apartheid government. Remember one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    Finally like all my brothers & sisters I to will boycott Woolies & any store that sells Israeli products.’

  38. Shauneez Khan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

    ‘I refuse to support any products these jewish assassins are selling,we must have a mass boycott on their products,they hav no shame killing innocent women an children,the world sees you for who you really are now,cold blooded assassins,no wonder hitler hated the jews so much,wish he was here to wipe them all out again,we as muslims all over the world,we are disgusted an feel the pain,screams an cries of our fellow palestian brothers an sisters,we will fight an pray for you,victory will be yours palestine,I applaud palestine kids for their courage,they are true heroes,the world bleeds with you’

  39. Shauneez Khan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:55 am

    ‘why does my comment need to be approved first,is the israelites going to delete my msg by the touch of a button,I only speak the truth an the truth must be heard,BOYCOTT israel\”the assassins\”
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    Hi Shauneez – Firstly, this is not an Israelite website but an SA Jewish website. Second, I think what you see her makes it clear that you are not going to be censored. But we do moderate comments for legal reasons and hurtful comments. Against Jews or Muslims alike – moderated by the same rules – to avoid hate speech.   –ANT KATZ online.editor@sajr.co.za

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  40. Abdul Satar

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    ‘I will not support woollies until all Israel products are removed from shelves as these people kill innocent people.’

  41. Amina Darries

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

    ‘I am advocating the boycott of all businesses who have dealings with Zionist Israel. They are murderers and thieves. We were once the oppressed and hqve come a far way to fight for rights of all humans.’

  42. MIM

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:11 am

    ‘i feel for the Jewish community, they want to do the right thing, but its difficult, each to their own, but remember Israeli’s are residing and farming on occupied land, i worry that my money is going to help them kill innocent women and children, so that is why i choose to stop buying from any shop that would be adding to that ‘

  43. amina

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

    ‘we not saying woolies is anti palestine. we saying we want them to stop stocking product from israel until israel stops being an apartheid state! just like when s a was an apartheid state and boycotts took place to help us. hamas can stop bombing is israel gonna lift the siege? are they going to allow everyone to walk on the same roads or is apartheid still going to continue??? imagine if mr mandela and his freedom fighters didn’t take a stand!’

  44. Choni

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:40 am

    ‘Ant, When are you going to wake up.

    ANTI-ISRAEL= ANTI-SEMITISM.

    Will you ever see a boycott of say dates made in Syria where over 150000 have been killed (by their own people).

    Heaven forbid, but boycotts of Israeli goods can soon turn to violence in S.Africa.

  45. Aneesa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:51 am

    ‘I spent in excess of R6500 per month in cash at woolworths every single month, due to the stocking of Israeli products ,I have not set foot in Woolworths for exactly 2 months and I will not be doing so for the rest of my life ! This includes all my family members & we have been shopping there religiously for over 20 years.’

  46. Nasri

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

    ‘Give Palestine there land back and zionest israel must stop murdering the inoccent ..Who are the Terrorist. ..All the  WORLD can clearly see what zionest israel is doing …doing for 60 years with a ban and censored media. ..So they can continue murdering and oppress Palestinian people and slowly stealing more and more land….. So when Palestinian  peole are fighting back they branded terrorist. ..What a joke.. BOYCOTT ALL zionest Products until Palestine is FREE. ‘

  47. Aneesa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

    ‘in response to Duke, Israel has been killing children long before Hamas was even formed. Please educate yourself on the
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  48. Naushad Adam

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

    ‘This ‘anti-Semitic’ bullshit has to stop !! Palestinians are the true Semites, importing Zionists from all over the World and having them live on land U steal from Palestinians does NOT make them Semitic.

    This is a Genocide !

    and to make something clear to all the Jews running around feeling sorry for themselves, we have a problem with Israel, its Zionists and all Zionist supporters, our problem is NOT with Jews, in fact, many God fearing Jews stand with Muslims on this fact.

    Jews whose parents were massacred under similar circumstance by Hitler, like Dr Norman Finkelstein all stand with Muslims.

    Jewish historian and activist, Prof Ilan Pappe, also stands with Muslims in this regard.

    So WAKE UP Jews and Christians, this is a Genocide, no matter what angle U try an spin around it.’

  49. Zayyaan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 am

    ‘Checkers and Spar keep the things I need and if pick n pay and woolworths will continue trade relations with the real terrorist – Israel, then I refuse to support them’

  50. yusuf

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

    ‘@duke ,  blame hamaz for protecting their people and little land which has not been stolen, you jews always act like the innoncent victims, read the media stats controlled by the west thousand of palestinian civillians injured and killed, while few zionist scum soldiers are dead with one two civilians and you blame hamaz, either you cant read or mentally challenged duke, stop acting like a victim, boycott woolworths totally, we need your stuff’

  51. ZUBY

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    ‘@ duke.. Hammas sending in terrorist? really? where? If there is such a thing as terrorist how come they are not fighting Israel? Israel are killing innocent women and children.. can a child fight a man? can a baby fight a man? can they fight bombs? The world is most def coming to an end.. we will not stand for this, for the sake of HUMAN rights i will not support woolies or any other store that supports israel! over and out..’

  52. ayaaz

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    ‘Duke Why are only hamas called terrorists but never israel?if your land was stolen and your family was banished and murdered would you sit quietly? History proves Muslims only took up arms when their their land was stolen or their religion trampled upon. I urge u whether muslim or not-to plZ watch this video-not for sensitive viewers!this shows u exactly what happens on the ground as the bombs drop in gaza.</3 What you don’t see in media about Gaza!                                                        Watch here. http://safeshare.tv/w/esYyrbpqDj

  53. Luqman

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

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  54. amina

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

    ‘we not saying woolies is anti palestine. we want them to remove israel products because israel is an apatheid state. just as everyone around the world boycotted products to help s a . we want the same for palestine. freedom! hitler was  no where right in what he did to the jews just as nethanyu is not right in what he is doing to the Palestinians. hamas can stop shooting will israel lift the siege or will apartheid still continue? what would s a be if mr mandela and his freedom fighters didnt take a stand??? ‘

  55. Viva Palestine Viva

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

    ‘Good bye woolies. I will NOT aid the ILLEGITIMATE state of israel kill innocent Palestinian children. My yearly spend of 12K will go elsewhere.  Any store that carries these zionist goods on their shelves will be boycotted by my family and I. 

    management of woolies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    carry on supporting the son of the devil, benyamin SATANyahu and watch your sales.

    KEEP A CLOSE EYE NOW 🙂 ‘

  56. zainab

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:05 am

    ‘There will be no violence In sa if Jews stop receiving products from Israel. It’s from occupied land it should not even be produced It is essentially Illegal. woolworths stands to lose a lot more If they continue to ignore pro Palestine appeals because there are also Jews who support this cause and refuse to be apart of the siege. and we know how much Muslims contribute to their profit margins

     And please stop with anti semitic stuff. no one is hating on Jews our issue Is zionism.’

  57. GM

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:16 am

    ‘Hi. What is the point of argument and posting whether you will be or won’t be shopping at WW. Does posting your intention make any difference? Social media and comments sections such as this serve to only give foolish people a platform for not debating anything, but arguing and being abusive.

    To my fellow Muslims, please acquaint yourself with the correct conduct and method of debating, as thought to us in the Quraan &Hadith.

    Do not give the impression nor perpetuate the poor impression people have of Islam, because we let our emotions and passions dictate our responses and comments.’

  58. Aisha

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

    ‘This has nothing to do with me being a muslim. It has everything  to do with me being a human. I therefore wont be supporting Woolworths until they stop stocking produce of Israel. ‘

  59. Madiny

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    ‘R3000 a month Woolworths will lose from me. According to business report the approximately 2million muslims in South Africa contributes between 15-20% of South Africa’s GDP. We have the power to make a difference. Stop supporting Zionists’

  60. Yasmin

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

    ‘I will boycott woollies and encourage everyone if woollies is selling goods from israhell or if they support the apartheid  and terrorists state….

  61. Martin Pretorius

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

    ‘I have shopped all my life at woolies for my entire family, and used many other additional products, like insurance. My view has changed in the last week and I will no longer support woolies for as long as it supports a country that kills innocent babies and civilians. Sad, but True….’

  62. Abdul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:48 am

    ‘What is wrong with ALL of you people on this forum?
    \nWrong is wrong. IDF bombing and targeting Palestinain women and children is wrong! Boko Haram with their suicide bombers and kidnapping Christian girls is wrong! Pres Bashad of Syria bombing his own people is wrong! The King of Saudi Arabia arresting anyone who prays for Palestine is wrong! There are so many groups of people of all races and religions  in this world being wronged and they all must be helped in anyway possible. I say YES for boycotting any entity supporting Israel, Syria, Boko Haram controlled Nigeria, etc.’

  63. Nazeer Jamal

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:53 am

    ‘We have nothing against Jews. I am muslim and I have Jewish friends. So get over this issue.

    We have a problem with Apartheid. We felt it. We lived it and we will never allow it to anyone else. The BDS campaign against Apartheid in South Africa worked and it will work against Israel and ANY other country that promotes or supports Apartheid. Whether Zimbabwe or America or Timbuktoo. No one is allowed to discriminate against race.

    Woolworths must wake up or we will be forced to occupy your stores like you allow the illegal occupation of Palestine by supporting Israel.’

  64. Abdul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

    ‘I cry for the Palestinians facing genocide by Israel.
    \nI cry  for the Jews who suffered under Hitler.
    \nI cry for the Christians being executed by Boko Haram and ISIS in Iraq.
    \nI cry for the Syrians murdered by their president.
    \nI cry for the Buddhist monks being killed in Tibet by the Chinese.
    \nIf anyone reading this disagrees with just one of the statements above, you are a racist, cold-hearted person who cares only for your own kind and not for humanity.’

  65. Naseema B Kader

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

    ‘Unfortunately,it is so sad that we are having this debate as history repeats itself. We need to bear in mind that this is a humanitarian issue and not a religious one.I respect the Jewish people and all others who refuse to keep quiet in the face of apartheid, oppression & massacres that continue on a daily basis in Palestine. We as South Africans will not and cannot \”walk quietly into the night\” as Palestinians are left to \”teach life, sir\”.  Do your research, make the choice you make an informed one, not one that resemble a herd running over a cliff!!!  If boycotting is the least we can do we should!!  how sad i was the day i read a comment by a woman in a settlement: \”i was close onto orgasm when i heard that the IDF had killed 4 children on a beach\”  … This is not the comment of any Jew that believes in his creator…’

  66. Abdul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:57 am

    ‘I cry for the Palestinians facing genocide by Israel.
    \nI cry  for the Jews who suffered under Hitler.
    \nI cry for the Christians being executed by Boko Haram and ISIS in Iraq.
    \nI cry for the Syrians murdered by their president.
    \nI cry for the Buddhist monks being killed in Tibet by the Chinese.
    \nIf anyone reading this disagrees with just one of the statements above, you are a racist, cold-hearted person who cares only for your own kind and not for humanity.’

  67. Sharon

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    ‘Duke I  think u must go take a piss u don’t know what u talking about u haven’t been to the loo in a long time so go take a piss on the Zionist scum that u saport’

  68. Abdul

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

    ‘Fact: Share price of Coke and McDonalds have dropped 5% since 8 July, first day of current war. Check for yourself if you dont believe it. So those who think boycotting has no effect because your few Rands or Dollars wont make a difference, think again.
    \nFor a multinational global company to lose 5% in 3 weeks, says a lot.’

  69. Shamima

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    ‘@Duke clearly you are an uneducated person who has no idea what is happening around you.  The only terrorists are the Israelis. As for the South African community boycott any store that stocks Israeli products.  We can make a difference even if it just a little.  There is a saying what goes around comes around.  Do something evil and it will definitely come back and bite you in the ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ‘

  70. Zain

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

    ‘I will never support a tyrannical country or its people, be it Israel or whoever else. Israel is a Zionist State and not all Jews follow Zionism so lets be weary of who is defined the enemy. In fact, Orthodox Judaism prohibits Zionism. In defence to all real Jews, it is unfair to equate Judaism in its entirety to Zionism. Be that as it may, Under International Law, it is permissible for a nation to defend itself when it is under \”oppression\” therefore, the actions of Hamas have long been justified. Even David Cameron has stated that Gaza is a prison. Who are the Prison Guards??? Yeah you guessed it, Israelis. So the people of Palestine have every right under International law to Fight for their Homeland which was illegally taken away from them. But lets not forget why this offensive began, 3 Israeli teens were killed, and it has been \”Assumed\” without any conclusive proof that Hamas was responsible, therefore leading to Netanyahu unleashing his forces on Gaza.

    Any country who justifies warfare on the above merits should be boycotted by all who stand for freedom.’

  71. Dilshad Khan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    ‘Lets not make this about religion because no religion teaches you to murder innocent children. Its about being Human how can we stand by and watch these innocent children being slaughtered. I will never step into a store that keeps Israeli products because what they are doing is evil. And I dont think Jewish people consider Zionists as Jews.’

  72. zak

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

    ‘Boycotting woolies is def a must,not nly because dey stock israelis products but also dey funding n supporting israel,so even if dey stop stocking israeli products r dey prepared 2 stop funding them as well??????Down with woolies…as long as you cont 2 support israel you will loose lots of sales n you can lie 2 da consumers dat you hv stopped stocking israeli products or funding dem but GOD is watching nd may every woolies store get shut down due 2 lack of sale’

  73. ghazim

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:40 am

    ‘I can’t believe people is still believing the lies of Hamas rockets and human shields? Can’t the Zionist come up with another or better lie cause people don’t fall fir this anymore only the stupid ignorant one’s that wart to believe it ‘

  74. Shahieda

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:51 am

    ‘I WILL NEVER SUPPORT PPL THAT SUPPORT THE  [Content removed as illegal hate speech  -ED] WON’T SHOP AT WOOLWORTHS ANYMORE. THEY R EVIL TOO!!!’

  75. Doc Q

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

    ‘If Woolworths only sources less than 0.1% of the goods from Israel, than it should be no problem to cut this source of income.In effect it will make no difference.The fact is by persisting with this stance, Woolworths is blatantly showing us that they are in full support of Israels racist apartheid and ZIONIST regime and are very happy to witness the genocide of innocent children.For this reason, i will be boycotting woolworths at a cost of about 100 000 rand per annum to the loss of Woolworths.I will also be destroying my Woolworths black credit card.’

  76. zee

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    ‘Duke u shud no that hamas called for a ceasefire many times. Israel rejected. They want a ceasefire on their terms which are unfavourable to Palestine. let’s not forget how just yesterday Israel bombed a market during a ceasefire knowing very well that people were stocking up on food etc. If tesco can stop stocking products from Israel why can’t woolworths. Israel was one of the only countries that was for apartheid in sa so I don’t see why ANY South African should  still support them. Nobody is going to cry over overpriced litchis tainted with blood.

     ‘

  77. Shane

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    ‘Woolworths have double standards.  They go on about how their fish r free from any mercury levels. N they go on about ethics when it suits them.   Everybody supports woolworths rich n poor. Black n white. So come on woollies.     Practise whAt u stand for. Give the apartheid ppl their own store. Where u can fill up shelves with food from stolen land.   ‘

  78. Shane

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    ‘Cowards’

  79. Fatima

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    ‘Boycotting Israeli products and supporters does not mean anti-semitism. True Jews are not Zionists and have every right to have a peaceful existence. Zionists are athiests who stole the Jewish identity to cultivate sympathy for themselves by recounting the historical atrocities inflicted on Jews. Zionists are oppressive terrorists that have no regard for any human life regardless of race, colour or creed. If you don’t support them, you are labeled a terrorist. Even Jews in the occupied state of Palestine (Israel doesn’t exist) have been tortured and killed by the Zionists for voicing their disapproval for the Zionists atrocious behaviour. May the Almighty lend His help to the oppressed nations of the world and may He destroy the oppressors in totality. The least we can do is with hold our support of these Zionists to ensure our own peace of mind.’

  80. lameez

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    ‘i dont feel sorry for Woolworths loosing business with most of the muslims. I also decide to stop buying there just cause they selling Isreal stock. I was a loyal cash customer from woolies, i spent about R5200 a month at woolworths and this Eid shopping was done at another store. Isreal dont have a heart at all. what our fellow brothers and sisters must go through in Gaza is pure hatred from Isreal. We as muslims dont hate other religions, we love them all    ‘

  81. Fatima

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    ‘How long does it take for you to post a comment? I’m still waiting to see my comment posted as there is no hate speech or derogatory words in my comment.’

  82. anonymous

    Jul 31, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    ‘Boko haram are not killing christians. Over 80% of their victims are muslims because most of the places they are attacking are predominantly muslims. Its the media giving u the wrong information. U need to come and see for urself for u to undertand whats happening here. Wherever you are getting that information, its wrong’

  83. Nihal

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    ‘We as South Africans cannot support Racism, Oppression, segregation and discrimination and therefore we Cannot support a Zionist Apartheid state that is Israel #boycottIsrael We hold Freedom dearly. ‘

  84. anonymous

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    ‘Isreali product should be banned. Boko Haram are not true Muslims. They are group secretly funded by ‘only God knows who’ to disrepute the name of Islam and Muslims. We all need your prayers against them. ‘

  85. Nihal

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    ‘We as South Africans cannot support Racism, Oppression, segregation and discrimination and therefore cannot support Zionist Apartheid state that is Israel ‘

  86. Human Rights Supporter

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    ‘Come on Woolworths,don’t contradict your efforts of supporting humanitarian criseses-the same way you donate your near expired/expired stock to the needy and homeless show your solidarity here where is it needed-if 0.1% of your Israeli stock is so negligible then forsake it-not just for Palestine but for all humans worldwide!Sadly you have lost another R30000.00/annum spender as of today.’

  87. martin Wholfhaerter

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    ‘Woolworths this is disgusting.  I myself have noticed how the cherries from Turkey are deliberately mixed with the ones from Israel, and I found it deliberately deceptive.   Lately they have taken to removing the stickers that shows Made in Israel, because of the backlash.  I don’t have to be a Muslim to stop supporting  their disgusting behaviour. Even good Christians can see the one sided barbarism and it’s disgusting to see Woolworths kowtow to all these Zionist sympathisers.  ‘

  88. Forpeace

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    ‘This is not a religious issue but a human rights issue. Anyone who is happy to buy products from a country who kills children can continue to do so, but they should reflect on what does it say about them as a person. Personally I would be embarrassed.’

  89. Razeena

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    ‘I will not purchase from Woolworths. 0.1% is still too much if it’s such a small percentage for woolworths I doubt they will feel the pinch. I will not support ppl that don’t care about HUMANITY. This is not a war about Muslims vs JEWS, it’s a genocide on humanity, brutal war crimes on innocent children, women , man old and young Muslims , Christian , Jews <human beings> . For gods sake if a party like EFF can understand how dumb is the rest of the dam world. If Woolworths care about money rather then ppl then stuff you WOOLIES’

  90. Tasnim

    Jul 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    ‘When you walk in any store, be it Woolworths or PnP you see Muslims left, right and centre. I went to Woolworths this weekend, returned over R3000 worth of goods that I had receipts for, and closed my account with them. I was thrilled to see that despite it being the weekend just before Eid, there were not many Muslims in the store. We need to stand up for out fellow brothers and sisters that are dying every single day or what kind of Muslims and most importantly what kind of HUMANS will we be? South Africans wanted the world to support them for anti-apartheid, now we need to support those who are suffering, whichever country they may be in. IF this means boycotting companies and shops then so be it – we are a strong community and we can shop at any other store – woolworths is not indispensable! So what if your kid only wears woolworths – kids are dying every day and their concern is not what they wear, its staying alive! Lets remember that when we feel it hard to boycott. My family spends approximately R20 000 a month at Woolworths. Goodbye Woolworths!’

  91. davidovsky

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Being Jewish, I’m disgusted at the state of Israel and refuse to support the murdering.

    stolen land? Really…like really…if that is the case…all white people please go invade England and take your land back…good luck in trying to fit in that tiny country. All Australians go back…you stole the land…Americans- all white and black ppl go back to Africa and Europe. Dear USA president…u need to get out of the white house…its supose to the a red Indian chief house….wake up ppl by supporting any1 that supports Israel you supporting false cause and real reason is oil in Palestine esp gaza

    all my friends and family stand with Palestine.

     

    .

  92. Faizel

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    ‘I have read all of eh comments above and know some people personally…..

    I agree with the editor to censor out hate speech etc, this is not the forum for that, But understand, if this is the frustration and anger of people thousands of kilometers away watching innocent people being butchered, what must the level of anger be amongst those who are faced wit this hellish reality daily.

    I  am  a SA Muslim and proud to be – we as Muslims have no problem with the innocent Jews of SA we have a problem with the actions of Zionists posing as Jews killing innocent defenseless people against military power in a way worse tan animals. In the words of a Zionist Priest on a social website:\”Deputy Minister of Religious Zionist Eli Ben Dahan says- \”Palestinian 

    are not human beings, they don’t deserve to live and they are nothing but animals!!!\”

    Is there any greater racism than this?

    as you read this, can you picture a military tank…sure you can, massive and imposing and deadly ! Wow how awesome…

    Now picture a child, 9, 10, 11 maybe 12 years or a little  older with a rock just big enough to fit in his hand ….

    These kids that have lost everything will stand in front of that awesome tank with the rock in hand knowing that their rock can do nothing to the tank, but bravely will defy the advancing tank and throw the rock at it to show their protest to the invasion and will either manage to run out of its way or shot between the eyes by a coward soldier in hiding in the tank. the child’s life is not lost in vain, he died trying with whatever he had at his disposal, he did not die a scared coward. Now reverse the roles, remove the soldiers uniform and take away his weapons – the so  called soldier could ever face a Palestinian 

    one on one – because that grown man- the is scared to die, those kids are murdered but have no fear to die.

    just a question to those who believe that TERRORIST ISRAEL  is justified in its’ Palestinian 

     Blood Lust: \”please justify to all who read this blog what THREAT does a 3 month old baby with a rifle shot straight through its head pose to the Israeli Terrorist Military Machine???

    The answer is simple as Netenyahu said to America’s Hillary Clinton at a media briefing:(transcript) \”N you are worried about civilian casualties, we like it that way, we deliberately target schools, mosques and homes to maximize the loss of civilian lives – we target pregnant women on purpose – why ? to wipe out their next generations, every Palestinian baby and child and every pregnant woman carries a future Hamas leader and threat to us, so we are wiping out all their future generations, and  thats’ the way we prefer it!!!!! \”

    So who now is the oppressor and who is the oppressed?

    Some enlightened one, please stand up and justify \”Your TERRORIST COWARD ISRAELI PALESTINIAN BLOOD LUST??? 

                      ‘

  93. Naeem

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    ‘My family and I are no longer shopping at Woolworths who are happy to appease the Zionist Regime in occupied Palestine. Sticking a label on a tub of litchis that says  Made in Israel is an act of cowardice. There is no state of Israel, it is occupied Palestine. Woolworths is openly supporting this Zionist state. ‘

  94. Zulfiqaar Khan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    ‘where do i start with this, firstly i am pro palestine, secondly i am pro peace, @ Duke and the many other haters, this is not about i am muslim and i hate isreal, this is about stopping the funding going to a war, a war that has killed more woman and children, a war that has displaced over 200000 a war that has claimed the lives of over a 100 children under the age of 10. How can a 10 year old be a \”terrorist\” how can a mother be one too…a simple scenario, let me come to your house put a gun to ur kids head and pull the trigger….How would you feel? you would want to kill me right. hamas was only appointed in the late 80…so from 1947 palestine had no freedom fighters. people dont get lost in the battle of religion, these efforts are to save woman and children. If you have a heart you will go on to facebook and youtube and see what the mainstream media is not showing you. Palestinians where bombed on eid, 
    \n
    \nSorry, user, that last bit is illegal. You will get locked up for saying that, and I probably would too if I allowed it   -ED

  95. Faizel

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Israeli’s claim that the Palestinian Land is

    their’s and Palestinians must be removed by whatever means….

    This comment by a Palestinian speaker to the UN on the ongoing Illegal, terrorist invasion and

    occupation of Palestine by Israel sums ups the Palestinian stake to their land perfectly:

    Before addressing

    the UN, he asked if he could make an opening comment from history, for which he

    was granted permission, his comment was as follows:

    \” In the time

    of Moses, when he struck his stick on the rock and water gush forth, Moses

    decided to 1st  take a bath, so he removed his clothes and placed them on

    a rock and took a bath. On completion, he returned to find that his clothes

    were stolen! 

    So he called out to

    the Palestinian farmers and some others nearby and asked if they saw who stole

    his clothes? 

    They replied that

    an Israeli came and stole his clothes….\”

    Before he could continue, a Jew in the UN stood up angrily

    and shouted: \”THERE

    WERE NO JEWS IN PALESTINE AT THE TIME OF MOSES!!!!!\”

    The Palestinian

    representative said: \” I arrest my case, clearly from what this Jewish man

    has just shouted to us all, there were no Jews in Palestine at the time of

    Moses, the Land belonged THEN to the Palestinians and still does so today, the

    Zionists Israeli’s are stealing our land daily !!!!\”

    A heavy lull of

    silence suddenly gripped the UN and the Jew

    who stood up, sat down and hung his head in shamehe was supposed to defend Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, not

    give indisputable proof to the contrary!!!

    so all who read

    this, you be the judge……

    let us all know

    what you think?

                      ‘

  96. zaakirah

    Jul 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    ‘Woolworths u disgust me.u just lost a good customer.’

  97. zaida

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    ‘duke you are an evil person who can justify the killing of children I have nothing against jews only against evil ppl like yourself  i care abt the christian girls boko haram kidnapped care abt atrocities commited against jews in world war 2 as my religion islam is unlike ohers portray a peaceloving one May the Zionist plan become clear to the world before its to late’

  98. Mo Essack

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    ‘Sad to say that 95% of people who posted above will still support woolies, coke etc. u really wana show ur hurt and pain challenge u all get rid of everything in ur cupboards that u have already purchased from woolies and shut ur accounts down  sorry not been a tw face but face it we as muslims talk bigger than we walk  to all the non muslims who read this get me wrong not against my fellow muslims just making a point that all these years woolies supported israel and url still bawt so why the big whooo haaa now  ‘

  99. Raeesa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    ‘I have been a regular shopper at Woolworths for over 20 years.I am so disappointed with the response from Woolworths regarding continuing to import Israeli products & thereby funding  the Israeli government that continues to kill hundreds of innocent CIViLiANS mainly children daily. I spend an average of R 35000 – 50000 @ Woolies annually & will no longer be supporting you.My extended family members of about 50 who spend about yhe same amount have all made this decision.This is not a religious issue between Muslims & Jews rather a humanitarian issue that has affected people all over the world.I suggest you follow in the footsteps of companies like Tescoes in the U K who have decided to no longer stock any Israeli goods’

  100. anisa

    Jul 31, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    ‘Well its good riddance to WW for me. You used to be my favourite store but your ethics and morality is disgusting! I would rather do without all the lovely fruit and goodies that I’ve being buying for years. Its not even about religion, its about humanity. After watching innocent children being murdered it makes me sick to my stomache. You are the biggest losers and as if today all my woolies cards are gonna be cut up and thrown away! #freepalestine ‘

  101. Ayesha

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    ‘I’ve never seen a non white Jew before so I don’t think most Jews would support anti apartheid hence favouring Israel…but this issue is not about apartheid or religion.How can the world just sit back and carry on with life knowing that kids, little babies are being killed.????and for all you hard hearted people out there just remember, you might be laughing but God us certainly watching.Oh and please get that bullshit idea of what has been injected  into your weak brains that all terrorists are Muslims.’

  102. Zed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    ‘Goodbye woolworths ✌️ don’t need your products, until you show proof that you don’t have blood on your hands, you’ve definitely lost my business. ‘

  103. Salwah

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    ‘I challenge everyone boycotting Israeli-affiliated businesses, including myself, to channel all your savings from this boycott to Palestine. Indirectly, against their will, these businesses will be supporting the oppressed Palestinians. Thanks Woolies and others for helping us to free up funds to help those who are really suffering.’

  104. Tasneem

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    ‘I used to spend atleast 1000 per week at woolworths I will not set foot in it anymore how the f*** can any sane person support Israel ‘

  105. Nurahn

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    ‘LOL @ Joanne’s R8000. Does she know how much Muslims spend on food? We don’t consume alcohol and so we make up for it in our food spend. Woolies will lose my R30K+ if they continue with with these questionable decisions. And if there Israeli imported produced do amount to less than 1%, why not jut cease stocking completely? C’mon Woolworths! Stop supporting Israel.

    #BOYCOTToccupiedIsraeliproducts #Stoptheviolence’

  106. zahid

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    ‘israel aparthied state is doomed their downfall is not far,and as long as woolies or any other sa store stocks israeli products they will definitely not be getting my support and can assure the ceo of woolies that the muslim community is by far the biggest supporter of woollies so he’d better review his decision on stocking israeli products my purchases R10 000.00 a month not R8000.00 a year.’

  107. ebrahim

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    ‘You will not see me and the rest of my family at WW good buy I do not support stores that keep baby killers products.’

  108. jewforpeace

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    ‘Israel is an apartheid state and companies stocking goods bought from them should be boycotted. We can not let Auschwitz happen again. Many Jews and Israeli’s are saying ‘NOT IN OUR NAME’!’

  109. Fatima

    Jul 31, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    ‘Woolworths have just lost my support. I know I’ve spent approximately R1000.00 per week at Woolworths. Anyone who has been to Palestine know that there you see what the media don’t want you to see , Muslims, Christians and Jewish people living and trading side by side.The media distorts the truth. We have people of the Christian faith and of the Jewish faiths as friends- none of us support the zionists. Its a humane issue.Wake up Woolworths! ‘

  110. Shameema

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    ‘People people, remember Apartheid? Yes Well Israel and USA were strong supporters of it. Its only because the rest of the worlds determination and anti Apartheid sentiment that caused those two nations to eventually feel so isolated In their political views of Apartheid SA that they joined the bandwagon stone last. The world is sick of zionism and their callous indifference to the lives of anyone other than jews. Having said that, true jewish people are Not zionists and Do not Support its satanic ideology. Peace to the palestinians and no piece of my earnings to woolies. Thousands of rands a month they have officially lost from today, as i dont support Israel! Christians brothers and sisters, your people are killed and oppressed In palestine as are the muslims bcs a zionist believes He and only He, is the chosen. He even goes further to say that He is chosen by God. May Allah protect the palestinians from these creatures. Bcs to call an Israeli an animal, Well quite frankly is an insult to animals’

  111. John

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    ‘well woolies, it’s simple, you choose – if you feel that the jew’s business is worth more than the rest of us, go for it! but i am sure u know very well….. so i reckon u make a stance quick coz even me too, i won’t even buy a shoe lace from your store if you continue to stock any products from OCCUPIED PLAESTINE (read!not israel- there is no israel and never was!)’

  112. innocent children

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    ‘Its amazing that we have to debate such an issue. There’s no two ways about it-get rid of the products that the ‘so called state of israel’  has sent to SA. Going to return my woolworths card!

  113. james

    Jul 31, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    ‘woolies foolies’

  114. Zak

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    ‘The Arabs are semites too not just the Jews. Not supporting Israel does not make you anti-semitic as Palestinians are semites too. I spend approx R1500 every week at WW. WW is my favourite store but I will not support any store or trader who trades with Apartheid Israel who kills innocent civilians and babies. Peace-loving Jews, Israelis, Christians and Muslims should be united against Zionist Terrorism. Most of the Israeli soldiers being killed are under 21. Wake up Israeli parents! Don’t send our youth to die physically, emotionally and psychologically! Zionism is killing Humanity!’

  115. Mohammed DadabhY

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    ‘One should not forget that woolies family members had been conscripted to the IDF during the early 2000

    .The South African Govt did not take action against them because they were not a threat to the security of this country. However Muslimswho wanted to go Afghanistan were branded terrorist.

    .’

  116. Faizel

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    ‘I cannot understand how Woolworths pretends to care and cater for their Muslims clientele by putting up signs Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Clients but then support Israel in killing innocent Muslim children……wou to Woolworths & Pick & Pay ….please continue the boycot ‘

  117. Rafiq

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    ‘Well it’s simple: if Woolies took the decision not to stop importing Isreali goods we the people will vote with our wallets. Simply stop buying from Woolies and see their market share dip, share price drop over t,he long term!’

  118. Egshan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    ‘Woolworths shld not consider the jews in S A as they r

    A small percentage compared if the whole of the Souh African nnation boycotts Woolies.This is a huminatarian issue…every cent spend is a bullit to kill a Palistinian’

  119. Tasneem

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    ‘R8000 a year!!!! I just got my \”MY SCHOOL\” supporter statement for June. I spent R19000 at woolies. I would hate to think what would happen to woolies if they lost most of their customers who are against the murdering Israelis. I would think that Woolworths can afford to lose a couple of bloodthirsty Zionist as customers but they can’t afford to lose those customers who have empathy for the suffering Palestinians. Woolworths you might as place all your RAMADAAN KAREEM AND EID MUBARAK POSTERS IN STORAGE AS THERE WILL BE NO MUSLIM CUSTOMERS TO APPRECIATE THEM. ‘

  120. wewillnotgodown

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    ‘Let us all not be hipocrates and complicit in the killing of innocent oppressed people the world over. The buck doesn’t just stop at Woolworths. There are hundreds of other businesses singing the same tune as WW. One must look at the suppliers of military hardware to the Zionists. The issue of abstaining from buying from WW is a start but let’s not it be the end. The issue of Palestine is going on for more than 60 years. Food for thought !!!

  121. jewjew

    Jul 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    ‘If Woolies sell anything from israel, i’m not supporting them anymore.  It’s not about religion, it’s about humanity. supporting Israel is supporting the killing of women and children. ‘

  122. woolworths sucks

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    ‘Bye bye woolies supporting the murder of innocents.  Why not just start selling weapons. U hv lost millions.  ‘

  123. Jameel Mia

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    ‘You support a ‘nation’ that supports the killing of innocent Men, Women and Children. I WILL NEVER SUPPORT YOUR STORES AND ANYTHING THAT YOU ARE AFFILIATED TO.

  124. khaleed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    ‘Disappointing woolies!’

  125. imraan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    ‘Return woollies card one day…..that will make a statement’

  126. Observer

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    ‘Its a humanitarian crisis. UN can’t put enough pressure to stop the crisis and Boycott Divestment Sanction is another way of pressurising the regime supporters to STOP. Its also another way of supporting the innocent in a global way.

    I don’t support rockets going either way. 

    Can you imagine the horror if rockets rained down in Cape Town? Cape Town got brought to stand still by the idiot who tried to re-landscape the N1 with his truck last year.

    Also, to stress the importance of not classifying Jews and Zionists as the same just as all Muslims are not painted with the same brush.

    Time to buy shares in Shoprite / Checkers?’

  127. zak

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    ‘Too many educated people comments and I an sure they all can’t be wrong about woolworths

    I honestly spend more than 300000.00 per month at woolworths well after reading all of above u have just lost my business…Have a heart and open your eyes..

    Muslims of the world unite..Imam mehdi is coming and so is Jesus pbuh your days are numbered’

  128. A.Mohamed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    ‘We see and we hear what is happening in Palestine. We think to ourselves how can we help, what can we do?Well this is what we can do to help our fellow Palestians(muslim,christian or jew). Boycott all stores that support the appartheid state of zionist israel. Very soon we will be victorious… God Willing.’

  129. Disgusted

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    ‘Woolies U Disgust Me. In My Opinion U Hve Blood On Ur Hands Too. U Hve Osso Jus Lost Me As A Loyal Customer Of Many Years. God Hve Mercy On U Murderes!!!!’

  130. shaheed

    Jul 31, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    ‘If you buying these products you are helping Isreal kill more children. ‘

  131. Imraan

    Jul 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    ‘I love woollies products, enjoyed their rolls at breakfast this morning and by supper time this evening realized what an idiot I was and refused to drink their juice. I still feel terrible for my mistake this morning. Shame on me!’

  132. Rashaad

    Aug 1, 2014 at 4:03 am

    ‘Bye Bye Woolies, You Lost much more then 8k a year from me !!!’

  133. naz

    Aug 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

    ‘Woolworths is literally on my doorstep,its basically

    2min walk from my front door. But so be it. Il never buy from them ever again. They have blood on there hands too. ‘

  134. logical muslim

    Aug 1, 2014 at 6:14 am

    ‘ every wants to boycott, well and good. But dnt b hypocrits….go the wole nine yards. I personally wll not purchase any israeli products, that is my right. but if u going to boycott companies: some things u should know:

    \”Eskom has signed many large contracts with Alstom, a global giant in the transport and energy infrastructure industry, to upgrade its existing plants, as well as build new power stations. Alstom is the same company that is currently being sued in a French court for its involvement in the Jerusalem light rail project built on Palestinian land illegally, and threatening the destruction of many more homes\”.  When are u going to boycott eskom?

  135. Anon

    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:21 am

    ‘R8000 a year!!! That’s hilarious! Our spend is R8000 a year!’

  136. Faizel

    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    ‘Hi Woolworths

    The response to this blog has been amazing and definitive against your blind support for Israel

    through the sale of Israeli goods and you support of Zion Israel’s Illegal Occupation and Open Cold Blooded Rampant Murder of innocent men, women, children

    and babies born and unborn!!!

    This rebuttal of your support has to be overwhelming to you as a company?

    Enough said from everyone, what is your company’s comment on all that has been said so far?

    Please respond, we anxiously await your response to all the all the above comments……..

    ps:  social media gave rise to the arab spring in Egypt and the downfall of the oppressive mubarak era…

    It has now lifted the veil on israel’s tyranny and oppression on Palestine and, can and will be the downfall of your company as well, depending on the stance you elect to take !

    And you as a company knows this very, very well !!!

    Social media, unlike traditional media

    cannot be controlled or censored neither stopped or surpressed.

    So what is Woolies SA going to do?’

  137. Known to Allah

    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

    ‘It’s all a game of politics isn’t it Woolies? Dischem? Zionists? Governments? World Banks? Super 

    Powers? But wait…

    Quran S21 V47: \”And We place the scales of justice for the Day of Resurrection, so no soul will be treated unjustly at all. And if there is [even] the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it forth. And sufficient are We as accountant.\”

  138. Ayesha Durban

    Aug 1, 2014 at 8:15 am

    ‘Very recently,I think about a year back woolies rolls stopped being halaal.Then suddenly it came back to being halaal.Is it really halaal now or just \”conveniently\” stamped cause Woolworths felt the pinch by the loss of sales of only one product??? If Woolies don’t have the heart for little babies being killed inhumanely then why must we think that they won’t put pig in disguise in their products!!!’

  139. Mark

    Aug 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    ‘I am PRO PEACE and against the killing of ANY non combatant whether they be Israeli or Palestinian. However, as I read the comments, I see NO mention of the indiscriminate shelling by Hamas of cities not caring where they land OR WHO they kill. Nor do I see any mention of the apparent plot to KILL people on Rosh Shana, 2014. These are DIABOLICAL and RUTHLESS acts. Just saying, all sides need to be considered ‘

  140. the real reason....

    Aug 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    ‘Good Morning All
    \n
    \nThe issue at hand is not a Muslim/Jew issue.
    \n
    \nThe issue revolves around the humanitarian crisis 
    \n


    \n
    \nSorry, user, but this is certainly not the forum for such vitriol  -ED

  141. Freedom for all mankind

    Aug 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

    ‘Everyone fussing over buying Israeli goods and that its such a problem in your life that you cant buy Israeli products, you might as well be buying the bullets and bombs yourself and handing them over to the Zionists killing innocent HUMAN BEINGS everyday. May the day never come when your beautiful children are shot in the face for playing in the street, husbands and wives are brutally assaulted and raped, brothers and sisters are torn limb from limb, mothers and fathers tortured and beaten to a pulp, where your homes are taken from you, stolen from you by a force of bullets, shelling, bombing, murdering your entire family just because they want to take your home by FORCE. I would not wish this on my worst enemy. May GOD ALMIGHTY have mercy in your souls on day of reckoning GOD knows your TERRORIST nation and you will pay for your crimes against humanity. Think about your loved ones in the same situation the next time your purchase a bullet to pierce my Palestinian Family’s heart. ‘

  142. Jona

    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

    ‘As a Jew myself I am appalled that Woolworths has not stopped purchasing goods from Israel. This is not about Jews or muslims it is about humanity and the killing of thousands of innocent people! We as a Jewish community cannot call ourselves true Jews if we standby and turn a blinds eye to what is happening in Gaza. Zionists are killing in the name of Jews. I am a Jew and will NOT SUPPORT Woolworths if they continue to support Israil’s Zionist movement and holocaust’

  143. the real reason....

    Aug 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    ‘Good Day Editor
    \n
    \nI refer to you censoring the mail I sent to u, your response:
    \nSorry, user, but this is certainly not the forum for such vitriol  -ED
    \n
    vitriol – Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com
    \nvitriol  – Vitriol is harsh, nasty criticism. 
    \n

    \nWhy have you censored the est of my comment, because it is the truth?
    \n
    \nI dare you to post it, i f hiding the truth is not your modus operandi…..
    \n
    \n


    \n


    \nDid you think before you wrote this? If it was the policy of\nthis website to hide and/or censor user-posts, why would all of these be here?\nWe have edited several, like yours, for legal and ethical reasons as you will\nfind laid out in our COMMENT GUIDELINES.\nWe have deleted at least fifty completely because they were disgusting filth. We\napply the same rules to all. In your case, we were protecting both you and\nourselves from the publication of content that could be construed as being illegal\nunder the constitution of the land. To quote someone else who was (but certainly shouldn’t have been) a stranger to\nthe law: “Finish and klaar”
    \n
    \nShabbat Shalom to you – we will now niot moderate posts until closed until 18h16 Saturday. Feel free to keep posting, as that is the right we allow all users – but they will only be released after the Sabbath!
    \n
    \nONLINE EDITOR SAJR,CO,ZA
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    \n
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  144. ANON

    Aug 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    ‘Firstly please note that one can not condemn all the Jews for the actions of the Israelis.  Only the one and only creator, creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it has the right to judge as we do not know what’s in the hearts of men. We should live our life such that we should not hurt any of his creation. What’s happening to the Palestinians are a great evil and great oppression and it would be a sin to sit back and let this happen. I take my hat out to malema and respect his statements of boycotting woolworths. Let this what is happening to the Palestinians be an eye opener and a means to introspect our own lives and appreciate all the bounties that was bestowed upon us. Let this open our hearts and make us strive to live our own lives with integrity humanity and respect for each other. Let this be an eye opener and make us practise the fundamental principles of our faith.    The best amongst us are those who will wish for his brother what he wishes for himself’

  145. Anon

    Aug 1, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    ‘I cannot support a business that allows the genocide of innocent babies, children, women, men, the elderly and the sick. Woolworths, I am disappointed in you.’

  146. neesa cassim

    Aug 2, 2014 at 5:20 am

    ‘lol mr, 8k a yr is a joke…that was more like my avg weekly expenditure at woolies.sounds like u probably only purchased products of israel from ww and yet they are so keen on entertaining u?Ww,I used to be one of ur biggest fans,but I will remain strong in my support for humanity and boycott both ww and pnp.Long live Palestine,rip ww’

  147. Zayaan

    Aug 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

    ‘Even tho this is a humanitarian issue and not a religious 1 its always nice to knw that there are indeed jews like Jona and Christians that agree in boycotting these places in support of what is right. Shame on the lady with her measley R8000 a year lol and shame on woolies with the 1% that is worth more to them than life. As long as they stock kosher goods the R8000 lady shudnt care that Israeli goods r being boycotted unless she duznt mind murdering ppl. We all know the Torah is against all these zionist acts.’

  148. Ziyz

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

    ‘SA jewery rattled by the possibility of woolworths stopping less than .1% of its imports. – which are from apartheid Israel. Wow! Who would have thought that a community, so complacent with the genocide of a related race, so complacent with the wholesale slaughter of children and babies – all in the name of furthering the Zionist cause (be it defense, land, gas, dead opposition etc) – would be rattled by not being able to get their favorite snack at woollies. Wow. You really do have your heads in the clouds.

  149. The least I can do

    Aug 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    ‘It feels good to have closed my account at woolworths & cancelled my woolworths car and home insurance. My average spend was R5000 a month.’

  150. zeenat osman

    Aug 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    ‘Heartbreaking to see how innocent people are being killed..wool worths u will lose enough business.good luck..’

  151. Chaim

    Aug 3, 2014 at 9:59 am

    ‘BS\”D
    \n
    \n\”If you can’t speak well, speak LOUD!\” That is exactly what you rabble-rousers are doing. Repeating the same distorted propaganda again and again, and then again and again, and then again and again, and again. You won’t change the truth of the matter one iota.
    \n
    \nSo go on yelling and screaming, raving and ranting, pounding your fists and hollering the same wild distortion of reality until your faces turn PURPLE!
    \n
    \nFact of the matter:
    \n
    \nOut of insatiable greed of the muslim world, with at least 21 countries in the mideast and North Africa alone, they choose to covet the lone strip of Gaza, due to its vulnerability (i.e. the fact that it was under the control of Israelis – known for their weakness of sympathizing with their Islamic forsworn enemies).
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nInternal corruption among these Israeli leftist cowards leaves them with a virtually defenseless army against self-appointed terrorist units; and with a well-formidable army, but virtually unable to operate in terms of basic self defense – they retreat from the strip in a collosal \”peace\” bluff that any five year old youngster cannot comprehend.
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nPalestinian crowds cheer and jeer Israeli cowardice; and, in celebration, continue to fire kassam rockets at the nearby Israeli civilian population centers.
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nIsraeli population becomes increasingly annoyed and aggravated at such reckless ignorance of their elected \”leaders\” until something happens to elicit some degree of protective measure. 
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nHamas activists are struck with the horrific realisation that Israel will, when necessary, strike at their MILITANTS in retaliation for their firing missles towards Israeli CIVILIANS.
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nHamas quickly makes new decisions to MAXIMISE the civilian toll, and fortifies SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, and REFUGEE CAMPS, with BOMBS, MISSLES, and LAUNCHING PADS. (How it is exactly that refugee camps still exist in Gaza, after being \”liberated\” from Israeli forces? Well, …., ugh, ……., it seems, …., let’s just say that years of humanitarian aid from all over the world were deemed [by sheer emergency] to be vitalized in the purchase of luxury planes and villas for the elected officials; and the balance to be used in the purchase of artillary shells, and the production of underground tunnels to conceal and distribute them.)
    \n
    \nNext step:
    \n
    \nHamas, without ceasing for a minute their shelling against Israeli civilians, breaks one ceasefire after another; and, encouraged by their success in forcing the ill, the impoverished, and the children of Gaza to be made into \”human shields\” – screams \”bloody murder\” to the world’s phony sympathizers. 
    \n
    \nI challenge all of you \”reasonable\”, \”sensible\” commentators to deny even one fact of what I’ve just mentioned.’

  152. Banu osman

    Aug 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    ‘In humane acts!brutal killing of innocent people..boycott!! Israeli goods..’

  153. Anon

    Aug 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    ‘Shame. Is the reader, and some others, that complained that divorced from reality? The number of people against the murderous Israeli actions is far greater than those for. This then infers that the sales realised from this group of people is much greater. The opportunity cost of doing business with Israel would then imply items sitting on shelves a little longer, which then increases costs, and has direct impact on bottom line. This will hurt their share price leading to lower dividends being declared. Is it not obvious? It makes business sense not to deal with Israel. Ask any Jewish shareholder or any other shareholder, what would they do? One wouldn’t even notice that Israeli items have disappeared off shelves, 0.1% is nothing really.

    By the way, woolies is not going to miss your R8,000 annually, some people spend that monthly, especially the ones standing in soldarity for Palestine.’

  154. Anon

    Aug 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    ‘That duke guy tho must be a heartless zionist that love seeing babies bodies ripped apart’

  155. Zakir

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    ‘48000 pa…dissepearing outya pocket,u still holding firm n trying to be stubborn,try riding this wave of loss and i would love to see how long u last…remember if u want us bak publicly announce that wollies bans all israeli products.’

  156. Adiela

    Aug 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    ‘please be aware that when ever you buy from woolworths, pick and pay etc. you are actually given them money to buy guns and ammunition to kill the innocent woman and children…have you seen the toddler who was shot in the head. Half his head gone with his brains splatterd all over.Have you seen the toddler whose legs was bombed. Pieces of skin hanging from his dismembered limbs. He just lays there, no tears that should be streaming down his face. Doctors desprately trying to stop the bleeding. He doesn’t cry as all his nerve endings has been blown away. I am a muslim and hold my head high. I will NOT give you money to kill.’

  157. Suleman Modan

    Aug 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    ‘Don’t worry about pick and choosing what to purchase, just boycott them totally. I know family and friends who should buy for thousands, but they stopped. ‘

  158. JEromE

    Aug 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    ‘Reading all the above post ,seeing Muslim people all withdrawing there business from Woolworth , would the same apply to Muslims employed by them , Would they all resign ????? Just Asking  ‘

  159. Ruwayda

    Aug 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    ‘Woolworths, it is not about stocking products for Jews..You can get KoSHEr products for Jews from places other than the oppressive Zionist, racist, fascist state of Israel, wantonly committing atrocities!! Show your commitment to morality and justice and freedom……..’

  160. ruwayhida

    Aug 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    ‘Woolworths, it is not about stocking products for Jews..You can get KoSHEr products for Jews from places other than the oppressive Zionist, racist, fascist state of Israel, wantonly committing atrocities!! Show your commitment to morality and justice and freedom……..’

  161. Joshua Grigst

    Aug 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    ‘I’ve been following this stupid debate and seen a lot of the same things said by different people and the same things said by the same people.

    I was becoming convinced this was a contrived attempt to hijack this website – which btw I

    visit daily – for nefarious purposes, possibly to be able to direct Woolworths to it and then say: “look how many millions you stand to lose by standing by

    Israel?”

    For all we know these professional dissenters may be doing this on other forums and sites for

    just that purpose. But, I didn’t feel comfortable calling a spade a spade without evidence.

    Enter “ruwayhida” and “Ruwayda” who would appear to have posted the same comment within a minute

    of each other this afternoon. You, sir (or madam), can’t spell your own name? Your posts are identical even to the extent of the number of dots they end

    with? Now I am sure this is a conspiracy, that it has a purpose, and that you anti-Israeli hypocrites are full of it!

    Go to hell, the lot of you!’

  162. Stanley Luntz

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    ‘Ant – take the above as a compliment from the Muslim community. They acknowledge your site as worth targeting… and the fact that a jewish website isn’t scared to publish the Muslim views speaks volumes – it doesn’t happen the other way around. 

    Muslims – please, go ahead and boycott Woolworths. If WW does miss your hundreds of thousands in turnover every day, they will do an about turn quickly enough.

    And if they don’t, your posts are contrived.  

    Stanley Luntz

    Definitely Not Anonymous’

  163. Nabeela

    Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    ‘Joshua I assure you this is no conspiracy.  Woolworths will see the evidence.,not of how much they stand to loose but how much they have and will loose. These are not empty threats. Woolworths financials will be enough proof for them.’

  164. Nabeela

    Aug 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    ‘Joshua I assure you this is no conspiracy.  Woolworths will see the evidence.,not of how much they stand to loose but how much they have and will loose. These are not empty threats. Woolworths financials will be enough proof for them.’

  165. Afzal

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

    ‘Whether we are hating on the Jews is not the issue, the fact is, many of our muslim brothers lack the civility to not turn to violence and attack innocent and guilty people simply based on affiliation. I really do hate Israel, but I cannot hate jews for it. 

    The jews here still need their kosher products, like what if all supermarkets stopped stocking halaal products because of Boko Haram/Hamas/Taliban who are killing 100’s of thousnads??

    Israel cannot be left unnoticed, and they should feel the pressure, but honestly, threatening to fill the stores and saying \”we won’t turn to violence IF they stop selling Israeli goods\”?!?

    This just further paints the picture of the uncivilised and uncultured muslim. The world is watching us too. 

    Peace to all Life.’

  166. Joan

    Aug 7, 2014 at 6:27 am

    ‘It was shocking to read the comments made by people that know nothing about Jews it brought tears to my eyes.  ‘

  167. Lindiwe

    Aug 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    ‘This is funny you can almost see the muslim sending facebook messages to all their friends with this link and telling them to comment. Woolworths doesnt care how much you moan about Israeli product, I dont care but I do care that you feel that you can dictate what I buy and who I buy from. You arent running this country yet and hopefully never will. It is ironic that you are the most bloodthirst nation at present in this world and try expect us to belive that you take the high ground. Go boycott the stores, I hope that woolworths retrenches all their muslims staff first and not the rest of us trying to maker a living’

  168. Ayesha k

    Aug 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    ‘The boycott is not about religion , It’s about doing the right thing and boycotting woolworths and others that stock products sourced in Israel, the Jewish lady spends R8000 a year, lol give me a break without sounding arrogant I spend more than 4k a MONTH , groceries alone , that’s besides clothing , bath products etc, woolworths needs to weigh up what’s more important , the loyalty of their customers who clearly are BIG spenders or sourcing a MERE 1% of their items as they CLAIM from Israel , and if it’s a mere 1% then why not source it locally and support the LOCAL economy, i will not set foot in woolworths until they revise their israeli sourced goods’

  169. samson

    Aug 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

    ‘No comments from [radical  -ED] muslims about killing christians in Iraq, or killing each other in Syria, nor libya, nor 911 in America. In fact the silence is deafening.
    \n[Radical  -ED] Muslims are hypocrites against Israel . Hamas is a terror organisation and every intelligent person in the world knows that and people know also that muslims are not happy in; Syria, Iraq. Libya, Somalia, Yemen and other muslim countries. They are happy in USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy etc. They are so happy there that they want their Islam to take over in these countries to make them like Syria, Libya, Iraq etc.
    \nThe third world war is coming soon. [Radical  -ED] Muslims against the rest of the world.  ‘

  170. samson

    Aug 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    ‘Boko haram, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Hamas, Hezbollah,
    \nAl Quds, Isis. Muslim Brotherhood.
    \nWhy all violent military organisations? They kill jews, christians, and all people who do not believe in thier brand of Islam.The world is sick of these people.
    \nI will buy my groceries any where I choose. We live in a democracy not an Islamic state. For sure, I know that I will now go out and purchase ESPECIALLY Israeli products because then I know I am excersising my rights.Woolies will triple their profits because decent people do not BOYCOTT innocent companies. What about the staff of Woolies? They are innocent. Why put them at risk of losing their jobs? Typical of Hamas or militant Islam. Suffer the innocents.’

  171. mishka

    Aug 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    ‘@Lindiwe do me a favour before u come here and hating muslims kindly ask u to shut up .This is betwn the jews and muslims. so please do me a favour go and educate your ppl to stop raping children , hijacking , robberies stealing before coming here and acting like u know it all.Leave us the Muslims and Jews to sort our issues.’

  172. Fatoums

    Aug 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    ‘Reading all the comments above brings truth to the statement that a little knowledge is dangerous. I am regerring to Chaim and Duke and others who villify Hamas, the palestinians and others whom they have very little knowledge of. Bottom line is that Britain gave away a land that did not belong to them to a people who had no right to that land. Imagine ur property being given away without ur consent, how would you react. Should the Palestinians have roled over and played dead? Would you? So lets support the oppressed people whereever they are. If you are a human, then stand up for humanity. Woollies baby NO MORE! ‘

  173. Humanitarian

    Aug 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    ‘For the Truth watch the following video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Ch5XlEZoi1c

  174. Ismail

    Aug 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    ‘@mishka. Please mind what you say on public platforms. It’s comments like the one you’ve just made that start unnecessary trouble. You can’t generalize the way you did and expect to create respect in the hearts of people for Islam. Please use your head not emotions to determine your speech. ‘

  175. Hannah

    Aug 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

    ‘Occupied territory?  The UN gave the land to the Jews after the 2nd WW. At that time there were no peoples called Palestinians or they, too, would have been given land.  In 1967 the Arab countries cowardly attacked Israel during their Day of Fast and within 6 days the Israelis had driven them all back having hard-won land. Gaza was full of abandoned tanks and soldiers boots!  Hamas deliberately have their little enclaves within the civilian population of their OWN people and use THEIR OWN PEOPLE in the front lines in order to blame others falsely for attack civilians. When will the stupid world wake up to the lies and innuendoes of these awful people?  Or are we all to be dammed!

  176. RussellGee

    Aug 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    ‘This is a website/blog of the S A JEWISH Report. I never realised that so many of Moslem descent would be reading a Jewish Newspaper. I have never before seen such hatred and fury. There is also an enormous amount of ignorance in the various writer’s comments. Regrettably I can only conclude that there’s no hope for peace between the two peoples. It’s like reading the comments of a crowd of Manchester United and Liverpool supporters. Neither group will be swayed by the other side. Incidentally the joke about Moses’ clothes being stolen by an Israeli is a theft and twisting of the original, in which the Palestinian representative is the one who defended the accusation by saying there were no Palestinians at that time. The time for the Messiah is upon us.’

  177. Sam

    Aug 22, 2014 at 4:26 am

    ‘Most of the comments are from people with middle eastern or Muslim names. Makes me think that they have been asked to place comments here by their religious leaders.

    Take your blinkers off. Tell us where the Palestinian boundaries were prior to Mr. Yassar Arrafat. What was the currency of your ‘claimed’ country. Name one or two of your leaders prior to Arrafat? Then recognise Hamas as a murderous terrorist group and boycott goods from all countries that support them. That should eliminate most if not all Muslim countries.

    Next, throw out your computers, get rid of your cell phones, stop taking medices that were discovered by Jews or Israelis. Spend an hour or two in your house trying to identify goods which have an Israeli or Jewish origin. Dump the lot because you wont be happy having them. Once you have done that, sit back and enjoy the emptiness in your life. May it be a long one too.

    Mashuganers!!!’

  178. Oleh Hadash

    Aug 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    ‘To all the Moslem posters here: get the hell off a Jewish newspaper and go back to your beheadings and suicide bombings. You are a [Expunged – see below –ED]
    \n 
    \nYou can malign us, kill us, bomb us, libel us, boycott us — do what the hell you like — THE JEWS ARE BETTER THAN YOU! We are cleverer than you, we have achieved more than your [Expunged – see below –ED] culture will ever achieve, we have made more money, brought more scientific and cultural innovation to the world than you ever will. No wonder you are jealous. There are more than one billion of you worldwide and [Expunged – see below –ED]. Now you are fat and prosperous in SA — enjoy it — still, you will never be as good as the Jews despite your numbers and radicalism.
    \n
    \nNow go back and play with your terrorist brothers.
    \n
    \nAM YISRAEL CHAI!
    \n


    \n
    \n

    User: Please note that statements about an entire group of people are hate speech both under SA and Israeli law. So it is okay to say a Jewish person who said ‘this-or-that’ is a ‘whatever’ because of it, is okay. Saying ALL JEWS are this-or-that is anti-Semitic and hate speech. online.editor@sajr.co.za 
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  179. Jeremy

    Aug 26, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    ‘Its so ironical and hypocritical to see all these comments and all these view points on this war going on, yet not one person has commented on the beheading of innocent children in Iraq – what about that?  What about the absolutely gruesome beheadings of Christians who are told to convert or face death?  So is it okay for this to happen because its now Christians and not Muslims who are being condemned to a gruesome death?’

  180. shahiem

    Aug 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

    ‘woolworths will no longer have my support’

  181. Myron Robinson

    Sep 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    ‘90% if not more Jewish South African Citizens call on our government to encourage the parties in Israel/Gaza to work together towards building a sustainable peace in which a two state solution is completed with a viable Palestinian State existing side by side with the Jewish state as its neighbour. Most of the commentaries to the Woolworths Boycott call for the destruction of Israel as well as for its boycott.

    Please continue to so but for starters please throw away your cell phone as the computer chip which enables it to operate was developed & manufactured in Israel. Please also do not use any new medical technology, drive a computerized car or fly in an Aeroplane.

    As for Genocide in Gaza. Are you serious? The following deaths & injuries have been caused by Muslims mainly on Muslims viz. Assad butchered 170 000 Muslims, displaced 3 million Syrians & left hundreds of Thousands injured. ISIS in its short televised existence has murdered 5 500 people & injured 11 000 plus killed Tens of Thousands of Christians for refusing to

    convert to Islam. (Talk about ethnic Cleansing) Boko Haram attacks have left 12 000 dead & 8 000 injured. 600 000 people were killed by Muslims in Darfur. Since the Arab Spring over 300 000 Muslims have been killed by Muslims & millions have been displaced. Yet you are all silent on the above. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  182. Zaid

    Sep 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

    ‘i have stop supporting woolworths after spending an average of 12000 p a .Its good to here even the Jewish community is boycotting Woolworths.’

  183. nat cheiman

    Oct 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    (BDS supporters  -ED) are hypocrits. Nothing about ISIS. Nothing about Egypt imprisoning Morsi. Nothing about 47 children in Syria being killed.
    \nYou will not tell me what I can or cannot purchase. Try that when u see me in Woolies. I dare you.
    \nWe both will go to hospital to get my fist out of your throat. You cowards.  ‘

  184. Bob

    Nov 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    ‘Pathetic boycotting Woolies. The only benefit of doing so is to raise the profile of the grandstanders at the expense of a company who really couldn’t care less about political views. This grandstanding does not raise the profile of Palestine – that’s a third-hand issue in this particular debate. Why would anyone support someone who puts Palestine third or fourth on their list of priorities? 0.1% of goods? Please.

    Sheep: think for yourselves and support a genuine cause (read: go bleat somewhere else about something more relevant – I’m sure there are far more direct means of supporting Palestine if you so choose). Shameful grandstanding. But I suppose that translates to less people in the line for me at Woolies. Fantastic – and I’m not even Jewish or Muslim. Don’t tell me where I must and must not shop.’

  185. Richard Smith

    Feb 27, 2015 at 6:35 am

    ‘After the destroying of the irreplaceable remnants of Antiquity by the uneducated extremists aligned to isis (not worth capitalizing) I will endeavor to boycott any wholesaler or outlet owned by any adherent of Islam from now on, and to do my bit, I will in future search out and buy Israeli products as they are our last hope to counter this radical organization hell bent on enforcing their self-serving will on others.

  186. Richard Smith

    Feb 27, 2015 at 6:50 am

    ‘After the destroying of the irreplaceable remnants of Antiquity by the uneducated extremists aligned to isis (not worth capitalizing) I will to endeavor to boycott any wholesaler or outlet owned by any adherent of Islam from now on, and to do my bit, I will in future search out and buy Israeli products as they are our last hope to counter this radical world wide  organization hell bent on enforcing their self-serving will on others.
    \n

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Couple caught in crossfire of attempted mall robbery

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A young couple attempted to flee the scene of a botched armed robbery at Melrose Arch on Easter Monday, only to get caught in a hail of bullets.

Today, Brandon Regenbaum, 27, lies in hospital in a serious but stable condition under heavy sedation following a five-hour long operation to reconstruct his jaw and repair his mouth. He was shot in the face after robbers hastily fled the upmarket lifestyle mall where they had tried unsuccessfully to rob Elegance Jewellers.

His girlfriend of three years, Lorian Blechman, 25, witnessed the whole scene and luckily escaped unharmed.

The couple, who were due to leave for a holiday in Umhlanga Rocks that day, met for breakfast at Tashas. They left the mall in separate vehicles and found themselves unwittingly in the middle of a gun battle between fleeing suspects and the mall’s security guards.

“The robbers were running towards the Virgin Active Gym. We quickly took a different exit to avoid them, it was scary,” said Blechman.

They beckoned to each other to take an alternative exit near the Daytona shop in a bid to dodge the fleeing suspects. To their horror, they were then confronted by the robbers – who had made it to their escape vehicles – further down the road on Athol/Oaklands Drive in the direction of the N1 highway.

The couple could see the suspects’ vehicles in their review mirrors, so they instinctively swerved out of the way to allow them to speed past. There were loud gunshots, after which Blechman noticed Regenbaum wasn’t driving. She frantically called him to ask why.

He told her, “Babe I love you, but I’ve been shot and I’m going to die.”

Traumatised and still in shock, Blechman told the SA Jewish Report that she jumped out of her car and ran to him.

Speaking from hospital, she said, “There was blood and glass everywhere, and he was in a lot of pain. He told me he was dying. I remember pulling up his hand brake,” she said.

A young Jewish couple walking their baby immediately called Hatzolah, which arrived a few minutes later. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, another witness helped Blechman to make several calls to family. She told Blechman to keep talking to Regenbaum.

“I told Brandon that help was on the way. I told him his mother and brother were coming. I asked him where I could find his Discovery medical card. I told him general things like he was going to be okay, to stay with me, to stay awake. I told him to count how long it would take me in seconds to run to my car 10m away to get my keys,” she said.

Blechman called her father, who was already in Harrismith en route to Umhlanga Rocks where they were supposed to meet later.

Regenbaum’s father, Clifford, was in Plettenberg Bay on holiday when he received the call telling him his son had been shot.

“I was shocked,” he told the SA Jewish Report.

He believes his son was shot by the robbers who may have mistaken him for a security guard in hot pursuit.

“He drives a bakkie with our company name on the side which looks like a security vehicle and even has hazard lights. The robbers had already seen him leaving Melrose Arch, and I think believed him to be a security guard. I honestly believe they tried to kill him,” he said.

“It has been a stressful, worrying time. He will recover, but it will take time. I’m angry at this senseless shooting of innocent people. My son could have died. These robbers have no respect for human life. I don’t know what there is to learn from this.”

Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele told the SA Jewish Report, “Police are investigating a case of attempted business robbery and attempted murder which occurred at Melrose Arch.

“It is alleged that an unknown number of suspects driving in two cars, an Audi Q7 and a Ford Ranger, were in a shootout with security guards after they were intercepted before the business robbery,” Makhubele said. “A man who was driving his car [Regenbaum] was shot and injured during the incident. Nothing was taken from the shop.”

While doctors have told the family the operation was successful, Regenbaum will have his jaw wired for seven weeks, and won’t be able to talk or eat solid food.

“It will be a long road to recovery,” said Blechman.

“It’s a miracle Brandon survived. It’s also freaky that we were in separate cars. If I had been with him on the passenger side of the car, I might not be here today. I was running late. Brandon needed to fetch his siddur and tefillin to assist my father with a minyan on holiday, as he is saying kaddish for my zaida who passed away last year. I believe my zaida was watching over us,” she said.

Police ask that anyone with information contact 0860 010 111.

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Israeli company turns SA water from toxic to drinkable

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An Israeli company is assisting local government authorities to transform toxic water to healthy drinking water in what could be a game-changer for South Africa as a water-scarce country.

The company, BlueGreen Water Technologies, is a world leader in eradicating toxic algae from water sources, and has offered its expertise to South Africa.

With a branch in South Africa, the company started working at Setumo Dam on the Molopo River in North West province earlier this month. The project is in collaboration with Sedibeng Water, the company overseen by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Speaking to the SA Jewish Report from Germany where he is currently based, BlueGreen Water Technologies Chief Executive Eyal Harel said, “Toxic algae blooms are like a ‘global pandemic’ of bacteria. They infest bodies of water, and when that population of bacteria explodes, it makes the water toxic. You can’t use that water for drinking or recreation, it depreciates property, it makes that body of water too hostile for other life forms, and it creates health and economic problems.”

The company believes in the value of all people having access to quality drinking water, Harel said, and it’s doing the work in South Africa on humanitarian grounds. “At the Setumo Dam, it’s more like lots of bacteria with a bit of water in between. But half a million people rely on it for drinking water. We came to help get good quality drinking water to these communities.” Local government departments and officials had been “extremely helpful … everyone is working together”, Harel said. “Even in this time of pandemic and reduced budgets, they are doing an excellent job.”

He said the condition of the dam meant it was impossible to treat it from the ground, so they have had to deploy helicopters to distribute product from the air. “This is the first operation of its kind in the world. It’s new for us too, and requires lots of co-ordination with government officials, water boards, and locals.”

The company describes its products as “floating, slow-release formulations of market-approved algaecides designed to prevent the intensification of cyanobacterial toxic blooms in freshwater bodies [also known as ‘blue green algae’]”.

Harel said he was motivated to work with water as “water touches all people, no matter their differences.” With 22 March being ‘World Water Day’, he emphasises that “two billion people around the world only have access to poor quality water. About 99.9% is left untreated, and people think there is nothing they can do. We want to educate decision-makers that this isn’t the case anymore. Lakes can be treated, even much bigger lakes than Setumo Dam. In addition, algae blooms can actually be prevented.”

Harel got married in Cape Town, and was there during the height of the drought in 2018.

“I remember the term ‘Day Zero’, and how frightening it was,” he said, pointing out that drought also contributes to algae blooms because with less water, “pollution concentrates and bacteria grows. It becomes even more toxic, less liquid, and makes the existing problem much worse. That could be the reason Setumo Dam was in such appalling condition.”

The company also assisted Roodepoort Dam, reducing toxic levels of algae in the water two weeks before a rowing competition in March 2020, just before the pandemic hit. However, Harel said Setumo Dam was in much worse shape. “It’s first and foremost a drinking water source,” he said. “It’s in a rural area that borders Botswana, and the communities are about as poor as it gets. So it’s our small way of helping.”

He emphasises that the company is “completely non-political” and is simply trying to reach out to areas where it knows there is an acute problem. It has even reached out to other Middle Eastern countries that aren’t friendly to Israel. “We aren’t here to make a political stand but a humanitarian one, and any human-rights organisation should understand that.

“Part of our agenda is to empower local communities to take responsibility for their local water source. We come as guests,” he says. “In all likelihood, if the dam isn’t maintained, it will go back to the way it was. So, our ultimate goal is to train local communities to be able to assess water conditions. They will be the ‘boots on the ground’ and raise the flag that there is a problem. We work with real-time remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery to assess conditions in the lake, so they will be part of that process.

“We have established good relationships with the government. It sees the problem for what it is, and is taking a long-term approach. We are totally committed to improving water quality in South Africa, and we see the same from government.”

The company’s director of operations in South Africa, Jurgens van Loggerenberg, told the SA Jewish Report that he had worked in water-treatment processes throughout South Africa for the past 20 years.

“Over the past two decades, I’ve seen a decline in the management of infrastructure and water quality. It’s a big problem as it affects people’s lives. So, when I saw BlueGreen’s technology and what it could mean for the improvement of water quality, I was fascinated.” He joined the company soon afterwards.

He believes the technology could “be a game-changer for South Africa. Toxic bacteria means that humans suffer. And it’s never been looked at this way before. Water has been treated only at the treatment facility. I don’t think the team has ever treated water of this poor quality before, but it has a strong strategy. We have the support of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, and the Department of Water and Sanitation. They are standing behind it. They believe in the technology and what it can do for the environment. They know it can help them achieve their goals.

“One thing we observed is that there are so many shops in the area that sell bottled water,” he said. “The day the community can open the tap and have safe drinking water will be a big day for the country.”

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Wits protest an education in activism

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“When I look back to my youth in years to come, I don’t want to have to tell my children I was one of the people who kept to the side and stayed silent. I want to tell them that as a white, Jewish woman in a democratic South Africa, I led.”

So says Gabi Farber, a student activist who, together with other Jewish youth, has committed herself to the fight against financial and academic exclusion at South African universities.

They join a growing movement of university students who in recent weeks embarked on a nationwide protest over tuition fees with demands including the allocation of funding for excluded students and a zero fee increase for the 2021 academic year.

Farber, the legal and policy officer of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), has been integrally involved in the protest.

“We have been on the ground every day,” she told the SA Jewish Report. “Walking through the streets of Braamfontein creating mass awareness about the students’ financial-exclusion crisis.”

Following the shutdown of various campuses, violence has escalated in the past few days, with police responding to demonstrations with rubber bullets, stun grenades, and teargas, and arresting protesting students in Braamfontein. A bystander, Mthokozisi Nthumba, was tragically shot and killed by police last week.

Says Farber, “The first few days were scary. The police were out of control, and you could see they didn’t know what they were doing, shooting rubber bullets directly at people without giving time to disperse. A grenade landed on my foot and burst my eardrums. It was dangerous.

“The media suggests there are hundreds of us and that the protestors are violent. In reality, it’s very calm on the ground, and there aren’t too many of us.”

The police have calmed down in recent days, Farber says, and those responsible for Nthumba’s death were due to attend a hearing on Wednesday, 17 March.

“I couldn’t let [the police brutality] turn me away though,” she says. “There are risks when you’re fighting for change. What’s scarier to me would be doing nothing at a time like this.”

Natanya Porter and Benjamin Atie have also been actively involved.

“On Monday, there were about 50 protestors, and we were chanting and singing peacefully in the street,” recounts Porter, South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) officer at Wits’ education campus. “Suddenly, the police arrived in hippos [armed vehicles] and water-cannon trucks as if there were thousands of us burning down Braamfontein. They used a disproportionate amount of force.”

Beyond active involvement in the protest, Porter and Atie have also been involved in assisting students arrested by police, providing them with snacks and support while they awaited trial last week.

“There was no reason for their arrest,” Porter says. “We believe that the police just grabbed whoever was in a protest t-shirt and who was slowest at running away. In the end, the magistrate dismissed the case.

“As an education student, I believe that it’s a right not a privilege. I don’t think it’s fair for education to be available only to the few who can afford it. I’m heartbroken and shocked at the way the police responded.

“A total of 8 142 Wits University students are financially excluded,” says Atie, SAUJS Wits chairperson. “This means that these students passed last year in spite of all its challenges, but aren’t being allowed to return because they are in debt to the university.

“As Jews, this issue speaks to us because we have always placed a major focus on education and supporting the impoverished. It’s our responsibility to assist these students in whatever way we can.”

Indeed, the role played by the young Jewish activists has raised the profile of the fees issue within the broader Jewish community, says political analyst and former SRC activist Jamie Mighti.

“We have to be cognisant living in South Africa that there are challenges to upward social mobility, including historic poverty and exclusion,” he says. “One of the recognised ways to lift oneself up is through education. The Jewish community is world renowned for prioritising the value of education.

“To see young people like this stand in the gap with other students and use their voices reminds one of the roles played by Jews in fighting apartheid. The Jewish community will look back at this moment and say this was the birth of South African leaders and the re-emergence of Jewish activism within the broader South African conversation.”

Former SAUJS Wits chairperson, Yanir Grindler, stresses that more Jewish students need to get involved. “I’m left with a sense of anger towards the broader Jewish student population,” he says. “It has been so difficult to get them involved. A minority of Jewish students have been there on a consistent basis alongside Gabi protesting with the students. The rest are quite disconnected because they feel it doesn’t really affect them. That’s naïve, because it does.”

Farber, Porter, and Atie agree that more Jewish students need to play their part.

Says Atie, “One of the biggest criticisms we receive at SAUJS is that we come across as a union which cares only about Israel and Jews and not the larger South African community. It’s this perception of Jews that enables anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric to enter the halls of parliament and academic circles of South Africa. Only by involving ourselves in the struggle of the larger South Africa can we begin to change this perspective.”

Many academics agree that the plight of financially excluded students must be addressed.

“There are multiple stories in and around the protests,” says Bonita Meyersfeld, a professor at Wits Law School. “Do I think they’re legitimate? Absolutely. The commercial reality demands a creative and imaginative rethinking, but that’s true of the country as a whole. My experience with the first Fees Must Fall movement showed me that students are desperate.

“Ignoring that pain or painting all protestors with the same brush of judgement and intolerance will never solve the problem.”

Barry Dwolatzky, emeritus professor of engineering at Wits, attests that the contribution each graduate makes far exceeds the cost of educating them. “The debate isn’t between students and university management,” he says. “It’s one between all of us and our government.

“Universities don’t have the resources to solve the problem in the long run. All they can do is apply a band aid here and there in the hope of managing the short-term situation. The future of South Africa depends on how well we support education.”

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