Kippas Against Hate

The sun has set on Shabbat and Jews in Johannesburg are preparing for a night out. And I am worried. Really worried. Worried because following an anti-Semitic attack on some 12th grade kids last Saturday night, the South African Jewish

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ARE SOUTH AFRICANS DROWNING IN A GLASS HALF FULL?

Amongst the nations of the world, South Africans no doubt fall into the “glass half full” division. And we enjoy that space, because who (aside from maybe the Russians) would choose the unhappy alternative. It would just seem to be

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The Jew In the Headline

South Africans are understandably highly sensitive to racial prejudice. Many of us have no difficulty recalling the “Whites Only” beaches and benches, restaurants and movies. Many of us were educated as to the “Advantages” of “Separate Development” and have spent

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Adam Habib: Wits allows for plurality of perspectives

Dear Mr Feldman I am pleased that we both recognise that Wits University is a great institution with a long and proud history of enabling public debate. We are similarly in agreement about the need to protect this legacy and

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If you don’t want to know, #DontAsk

I learned a lot from my late grandmother. She was the one who taught me the art of hypochondria – and yes it is a craft. She taught me how to play poker but gave up on me, saying that

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AN OPEN LETTER TO PROFESSOR ADAM HABIB

I am a graduate of Wits University. I was Editor of the Wits Law Journal and part of the first non-racial Law Student Council in 1992. For the first time Black and White students campaigned against each other, debated each

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RHODES, VAN RIEBEECK AND THE POO PROTEST

I was sixteen when a friend of the same age called to tell me what had just happened. He had, without permission, stolen his mother’s car for his Saturday night joy ride. He had also managed to procure alcohol and

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The Orange Farm Ball

The dance card had been completed before the ball began. The streets outside the SA–Israel Expo that took place in Sandton, Johannesburg yesterday were always going to see protests and picketing, demeaning and denial and the regular well-worn toasts to

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Obama, Hamlet and the Tragedy of Procrastination

Pretty much anyone who has read any Shakespeare has read the sad tale of Hamlet. And pretty much anyone who has done so will know that the tragedy occurred largely because Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, was plagued by the

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On Masks and Jihad and Israel Apartheid Week

It’s a big week in the world of masks. Not only do Jews around the world celebrate the festival of Purim, known for its “fancy-dress” but all around us, pantomimes requiring some to don them and some to drop them

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