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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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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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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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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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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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A Letter to my son

Dear Judah, Next week you become a Jewish man. Your family and your community will form a circle of love around you, and they will pulsate to the rhythm of your parents and your grandparents, and all of those who

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Olga Meshoe – Israel’s Warrior

I had never heard of Olga Meshoe but pretended that I had. Although I could not attend the Johannesburg Israel solidarity event on August 3rd 2014, where no less than 12,000 people came out to voice their support for Israel,

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An Open Letter to the South African Muslim Community

I am a Jew. I was born and was educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. I went to Wits University and was on elected to first non-racial Law Student Council of Wits Law School where we fought against racism of any

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