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  • Report: Mandela received Mossad training

    December 20, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Nelson Mandela received training from Israel’s Mossad in the 1960s, an Israeli government document has revealed.

    Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died earlier this month, was trained by Mossad agents in weaponry and sabotage in 1962,...

  • 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,...

  • World pays homage to Mandela in mass memorial service

    December 9, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    World leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, will pay homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial in South Africa on Tuesday that will recall his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides.

    Obama and Castro, whose countries...

  • Netanyahu to skip Mandela memorial due to high travel, security costs

    December 9, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

    The decision was announced late Sunday, hours before Netanyahu’s scheduled departure the following day for the...

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  • 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...

  • Nelson Mandela, 95, first democratic president of South Africa, was close to country’s Jews

    December 5, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    In the early 1940s, at a time when it was virtually impossible for a South African of color to secure a professional apprenticeship, the Jewish law firm Witkin, Sidelsky and Eidelman gave a young black man a job as a clerk.

    It was among the first encounters in what would become a...

  • 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 remembered by L.A.‘s South African Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela — a hero to many Los Angeles Jews, including a large number with ties to that country — died Dec. 5. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was 95.

     “I think the important thing is Mandela’s great gift to 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...

  • Nate Freiman’s big year: From slugging for Israel to chasing a pennant in the big leagues

    September 10, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Last September, first baseman Nate Freiman was doing his best to help Israel secure a spot in the World Baseball Classic. Despite some super hitting from the towering slugger, the team fell short.

    Fast forward a year. Freiman, 25, now finds himself in another playoff chase. Only...

  • Cuba: Land of my Bubbe

    July 24, 2013 | 10:58 am

    I was alone in a small town in central Cuba, and I had lost the only person I knew. 

    The town was Santo Domingo, and it had taken a full morning of driving to get there. It’s a sleepy, slow-moving place, where American cars from the 1950s share the road with horse-drawn carts —...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • 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...

  • S. Africa’s Jewish community offers prayers for Mandela

    July 1, 2013 | 9:59 am

    South Africa’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, conveyed the Jewish community’s prayers and support to the daughter of ailing former President Nelson Mandela.

    Mandela, 94, remains critically ill in a Pretoria hospital.

    Dr. Makaziwe Mandela thanked the Jewish community on behalf...

  • A South African-born rabbi reflects on Nelson Mandela and the Jewish community

    June 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Members of South Africa’s Jewish community have joined the rest of the country in praying for Nelson Mandela following his admission to hospital for the third time this year.

    As prayers were said for the anti-apartheid hero in churches across the country, South Africa’s Chief...

  • Mandela/Moses

    By Rob Eshman

    June 26, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The one fact that continues to astonish me about Nelson Mandela is this: He studied Afrikaans in prison.

    It was the language of the wardens. It was the language of the people who ruled South Africa as a minority and instituted apartheid to deprive the majority black population of...

  • South African Jews find a home in L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 13, 2013 | 10:16 am

    How far can you travel in less than an hour? All the way to Capetown, South Africa, and back, if you are talking to Leora Raikin, a third-generation South African Jew who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Raikin will speak about the Jews of South Africa on June 18 at...

  • Roger Waters still ‘considering’ call to boycott Israel

    April 19, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters said he was still considering whether to call on musicians to boycott Israel.

    "I am considering my position," Waters said in a taped interview published online Monday by The Huffington Post. "The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott...

  • South African Jewish board lodges complaint against government minister

    March 14, 2013 | 8:39 am

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies lodged a complaint with the country's Human Rights Commission over ''inflammatory remarks'' made by Deputy Foreign Minister Marius Fransman.

    In a radio interview last month, Fransman claimed that Jewish businessmen in the Western Cape...

  • South Africa’s African National Congress endorses Israel boycott, handing BDS movement a victory

    December 21, 2012 | 9:36 am

    South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

    In a resolution passed Thursday night, at the tail end of its conference this week, the ANC proclaimed it was "unapologetic in its...

  • BDS resolution against Israel could pass at ANC national conference

    December 18, 2012 | 9:51 am

    A resolution aimed at boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel could gain majority support at this week’s National Conference of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party.

    A marked anti-Israel swing by the South African government in recent months has caused...

  • ‘Come back [to Israel] and bring a lot of people with you’

    December 4, 2012 | 11:11 am

    “No Shopping!” guide Nadav Kersh admonished his charges as they entered the crowded Old City of Jerusalem. “I mean it. No shopping! It’s just too easy to get lost here.”

    Kersh was guiding a group of tour operators from the U.S., U.K. and South Africa on a whirlwind tour of the...

  • South African trade ministry publishes West Bank goods notice, despite negotiations

    October 15, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The South African Trade Ministry published a second notice concerning the labeling of Israeli products, despite working with the Jewish community on a compromise.

    Contrary to the more restricted proposal issued in May, the notice published Oct. 12 in the Government Gazette refers...

  • Israel defeats South Africa in World Baseball Classic Qualifier

    September 20, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Israel defeated South Africa in the first game of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.

    The Israeli team topped South Africa's national team 7-3 in Thursday night's game in Jupiter, Fla.

    Nate Freiman, who plays minor league Class AA baseball for the San Diego Padres...

  • South African university distances itself from student boycott of Israel

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Witwatersrand University in South Africa has distanced itself from a student association decision to boycott Israel.

    In a statement released Monday, the university said that it does not share the initiative of the Wits Student Representative Council, adopted Aug. 31, which calls...

  • African Christian Democratic Party will fight South African decision on West Bank labeling

    August 23, 2012 | 10:04 am

    The African Christian Democratic Party said it would fight the South African government’s decision to adopt a regulation that prevents the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel.

    Meanwhile, South Africa’s ambassador to Israel was summoned to a meeting...

  • 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...

  • South Africa approves West Bank labeling regulation

    August 22, 2012 | 10:43 am

    South Africa has adopted a regulation to prevent the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel.

    Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi announced Wednesday that goods produced in the West Bank should now be labeled as originating from the ‘‘Israeli Occupied...

  • South Africa’s Zulu king accepts invite to visit Israel, despite gov’t. views

    August 16, 2012 | 10:54 am

    South Africa’s Zulu king accepted an invitation to visit Israel despite his government discouraging such visits.

    On Tuesday, King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu accepted the invitation from Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Dov Segev-Steinberg, to visit Israel early next year,...

  • Discouraging S. African visits to Israel constitutes boycott, envoy says

    August 15, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Israel’s envoy to South Africa said a government minister’s statement that South Africans would be “discouraged” from visiting Israel represents a boycott of his country.

    “The cat is out of the bag,” said Dov Segev-Steinberg, Israel’s ambassador to South Africa.

    Taken together with...

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