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Assuming the brace position

On Thursday afternoon South African Jewry assumed the “Brace position.” Israel had denied Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, a visa to visit “Palestine.” The crash was inevitable and I for one put my head in my hands and waited

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Whilst Israel Remembers, South Africa Forgets

In a severe case of selective amnesia, South Africans unfailingly remember the struggle links between themselves and their Palestinians brothers but seem to forget that it was their neighbours in Africa who gave them refuge and shelter and who allowed

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THE MONSTER WE CREATED

That the Monster of hatred that is currently marauding across the country surprises South Africans, should be the biggest surprise of all. Not unlike Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creation of Xenophobia has been painstakingly crafted evil sinew by evil tendon,

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THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

According the April 13th’s magnificent Cape Times Editorial, the P5+1 Iranian nuclear deal is “a crushing defeat for the war-mongering Zionist generals who had been hell-bent on bombing Iran’s nuclear capability to smithereens.” The foremost question to be asked, on

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Three Rastas walk into a Bar

Three Rastafarians walk into a bar. One orders a cappuccino, and the other two regular coffees. It sounds like the beginning of a poor joke complete with an ending that one senses is to be distinctly un-funny. And indeed it

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WE ARE NOT KENYAN

It is not possible to react with real emotion to every tragedy that we are introduced to. Some capture our imagination and our hearts. And some, although unarguably more tragic, leave us saddened but not adequately moved. Last week’s massacre

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Did Trevor Noah have sexual relations with that woman — and other important questions

I believe that it’s time we asked Trevor Noah for a copy of his birth certificate. The world demands to know if he was really born in South Africa and not in Kenya as some have suggested. And while we

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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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