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 year was 1994; South Africa was hanging on a thread. The first free general election was about to take place on April 27.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 author of the “Color Purple” refused to authorize a Hebrew translation of her prize-winning work, citing what she called Israel’s “Apartheid state.”
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.
Germany's Progressive Jewish seminary has given its highest honor to a former anti-apartheid activist with roots in Berlin.
Arthur Goldreich, an anti-apartheid struggle activist, was honored posthumously by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies during its national conference in Johannesburg.
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.
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 Palestine of a "false and deeply offensive" characterization of Israel.
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.
The South African government has compared new Israeli military restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank to apartheid pass laws.
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 is, of course, "Nazi."
The decision by the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations to give its John Allen Buggs Humanitarian Award to Muslim leader Dr. Maher Hathout and the vitriolic rhetoric from a segment of the Jewish community.
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.
Local leaders of the Green Party are working to overturn an anti-Israel resolution that has become official party policy.
Lee Hirsch struggled for nine years to make "Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony," which won the audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and opens today in Los Angeles.
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 free-for-all are getting set for an encore performance in Geneva next week. And in college towns like Ann Arbor, Arab and Muslim student groups are using spurious comparisons with South Africa to discredit Israel.
As terror struck New York and Washington, D.C., Jewish activists were still recovering from the ideological bomb of a U.N. conference that lashed out at Israel as racist and apartheid.