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  • Activists protest Israeli gay pride float in New Zealand

    February 24, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Police removed several activists from the gay pride parade in New Zealand who broke through barricades to protest Israel’s entry.

    Saying they were criticizing Israel’s “pinkwashing” of human rights, a handful of protesters dressed in pink and bearing placards protesting “Israeli...

  • Abbas exposes BDS activists lies.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Pro-Israeli activists waited years for the day when we could shout out loud: “FAIL!” This day has arrived. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. As reported in The Star, a newspaper in South Africa,...

  • Exploiting Israel’s Negev Bedouin

    December 10, 2013 | 9:40 am

    While many believe that a successful peace process will end demonization of Israel based on incendiary terms such as “apartheid” and “racism,” and in accompanying boycott campaigns, the evidence suggests that this hatred goes far deeper. Indeed, the organizations that lead these...

  • Kerry urges Israel, Palestinians to make peace like Mandela

    December 6, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry closed another Middle East troubleshooting mission on Friday by urging Israel and the Palestinians to follow Nelson Mandela's lead and make peace.

    The death on Thursday of Mandela, who fought apartheid in South Africa and became its first black...

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  • Jews in Mandela’s South Africa

    December 5, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    The year was 1994; South Africa was hanging on a thread. The first free general election was about to take place on April 27.

    The world was waiting with baited breath to see whether civil war would erupt and blood would be shed.

     I had just moved from Cape Town to live in the...

  • Nelson Mandela, apartheid fighter and former South African president, dies at 95

    December 5, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

    Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela...

  • If not the blacks, the Jews

    July 9, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Fresh off President Obama’s South Africa, and as the world still holds its breath for Nelson Mandela, Roger Cohen offers this take on the attitudes of South Africa’s Jews during apartheid:

    South Africa was as good a place as any for a Jew to live in the 20th century. A...

  • Be a voice of truth

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 7, 2013 | 4:37 am

    The first time I heard the combination of the words “Israel” and “apartheid” together was a year ago. I had just started writing the Israelife blog at jewishjournal.com, and I was at the beginning of my learning process regarding how different people worldwide view Israel.

    I...

  • February 20, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 20, 2013 | 3:29 am

    The US

    Headline:  Hagel: Israel heading toward ‘apartheid’

    To Read: Stephen G. Brooks, G. John Ikenberry, and William C. Wohlforth offer a defense of global US military engagement and criticize the proponents of retrenchment-

    They are wrong. In making their case, advocates...

  • UC Irvine student divestment vote rejected by school officials

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    A resolution passed by the UC Irvine undergraduate student council calling on the university to divest from companies that “profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine” has been rejected by the UCI administration.

    At the same time, leaders of the Orange County Jewish community...

  • Israel angered by South African move on settlement goods

    August 23, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Israel accused South Africa on Thursday of behaving like an apartheid state by requiring Israeli goods made by West Bank settlers to be labeled as originating from occupied Palestinian territory.

    The rhetoric is likely to strain Israel’s relations with South Africa, whose ruling...

  • Walker refuses to authorize Hebrew ‘Color Purple’

    June 18, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    The author of the “Color Purple” refused to authorize a Hebrew translation of her prize-winning work, citing what she called Israel’s “Apartheid state.”

    In a June 9 letter to Yedioth Books, Alice Walker said she would not allow the publication of the book into Hebrew...

  • American Jews fight for Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 15, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A while back I wrote about the Israeli Apartheid week taking place in colleges and universities around the States. I talked about the importance of having a strong, honest connection between Israelis and the American-Jewish community in order to fight back against that fundamentally...

  • German opposition head rues referring to Hebron situation as ‘apartheid’

    March 15, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    The leader of Germany’s main opposition party acknowledged that he may have gone too far when he wrote on Facebook that Israel is running an “apartheid regime” in Hebron.

    Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, said Thursday that the choice of words he used on...

  • Taking a stand. Together.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 8, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The Israeli Apartheid week is now at its peak. I write this sentence, and something about these words being put together simply doesn’t fit.

    “Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures and rallies held in February or March.” According to the organization...

  • German seminary honors anti-apartheid activist

    September 28, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Germany’s Progressive Jewish seminary has given its highest honor to a former anti-apartheid activist with roots in Berlin.

    Helen Zille, the prime minister of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, received the annual Abraham Geiger Prize from the Potsdam-based Abraham Geiger College...

  • Jewish anti-apartheid activists honored

    August 29, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    Arthur Goldreich, an anti-apartheid struggle activist, was honored posthumously by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies during its national conference in Johannesburg.

    Goldreich, who died in Israel in May this year at the age of 82 and who had fought as a volunteer in...

  • African stamps honor Jews who fought apartheid

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    Every year, Jews around the world tell the story of the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in roughly the same way. And every year, familiar props help bring that story to life.

    This Passover, two local Jews — a businessman and an eminent rabbi — are hoping to introduce to...

  • Black students group slams ‘apartheid’ abuse

    April 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    An African American students group took out ads in college newspapers blasting “Israel Apartheid week” organizers for abusing the term.

    In a full page entitled “words matter” and appearing in the newspapers on April 7, Vanguard Leadership Group accuses Students for Justice in...

  • African countries honor apartheid-fighting Jews with stamps

    March 21, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Three African countries issued a set of commemorative postal sheets remembering famous Jews who fought apartheid in South Africa.

    Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia issued the three black-and-white postal stamp sheets at the beginning of March.

    “This stamp issue acknowledges the...

  • Saree Makdisi Dumbs Down Apartheid

    By Rob Eshman

    June 13, 2010 | 9:05 am

    The rule of thumb for opinion pieces in The Jewish Journal is that writers are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts.  That standard doesn’t seem to be in place over at The Los Angeles Times.  In today’s Times opinion section, UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi mounts...

  • South Africa likens Israeli restrictions to apartheid

    April 26, 2010 | 10:11 am

    The South African government has compared new Israeli military restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank to apartheid pass laws.

    The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement condemning the restrictions as “a gross...

  • Protest sparked over Toronto Film Festival’s focus on Tel Aviv

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2009 | 8:13 pm

    The Toronto International Film Festival may not be a friendly place for the Israeli filmmakers invited to screen their films there next week. What began as one filmmaker withdrawing his work in protest of the festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv, is fast becoming a full-fledged boycott....

  • South African Rabbi: Israel doesn’t deserve apartheid attack

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 4, 2008 | 6:23 am

    The dirtiest word in Israeli politics is not “fascism,” as it in the United States, but “apartheid.” You often hear pro-Palestinian and occasionally liberal pro-Israel voices, such as the daily newspaper Ha’aretz, make the comparison between Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and the...

  • The other ‘N- word’

    By Jordan Susman

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Few words have the power to upset individuals and corrode a conversation more than the N-word. Its very use short-circuits rational discourse. Thrown around with frequency in certain circles, the N-word provokes and torments, gaining totemic power with each use.

    The N-word I refer to...

  • Muslims and Jews must move on and strengthen ties

    By Omar Ricci

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Muslim-Jewish relations in Los Angeles have undoubtedly undergone a test the past several weeks, the outcome of which is still unclear. But out of an acrimonious political battle, many Muslims would like to move on and attempt to re-establish discussion and dialogue with our fellow...
  • Truth Trumps Presbyterian Divestment Resolution

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, delegates to the Presbyterian Church USA's (PCUSA) General Assembly in Birmingham, Ala., voted to undo their hateful 2004 anti-Israel divestment resolution. Understanding its significance requires a crash course in obscure acronyms.

    The first is BDS, which stands for...

  • Seeing Red Over Green’s Israel Policy

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Local leaders of the Green Party are working to overturn an anti-Israel resolution that has become official party policy. Resolution 190, which passed in November, calls for a boycott of and divestment from Israel until "the full individual and collective rights of the Palestinian...

  • Songs of Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a December day in 1993, an anxious Lee Hirsch sat on a 747 bound for riot-torn South Africa with $600 and a small video camera.

    The 20-year-old filmmaker didn't know a soul in Johannesburg, but he had two telephone numbers and a mission: To make a documentary about the protest...

  • Durban, the Sequel

    By James D. Besser

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Geneva and Ann Arbor, Mich., may be a world apart, but they now have something in common: both are settings for a reinvigorated effort to undercut the very legitimacy of Israel.

    The same folks responsible for turning this summer's Durban conference on racism into an anti-Israel...

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