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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • South African minister Ebrahim Ebrahim ‘discouraging’ Israel visits

    August 14, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    South Africa’s deputy international relations minister, Ebrahim Ebrahim, is “discouraging” his countrymen from visiting Israel.

    “Israel is an occupier country which is oppressing Palestine, so it is not proper for South Africans to associate with Israel” unless the visit is...

  • S. African government minister praises West Bank product ban

    July 19, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    A South African government minister expressed strong support for a proposal to ban products from the West Bank from being labeled as originating from Israel.

    In a policy briefing on South Africa-Palestinian relations July 14 at the College of Cape Town, South African Deputy Minister...

  • 1,800 rally in South Africa for Israel

    July 2, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Nearly 2,000 people rallied in support of Israel in two South African cities.

    Demonstrators in Pretoria on June 28 and Cape Town the next day protested against the government’s announcement that products originating from Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank will be labeled as such, and not as Israeli products.The gatherings included large numbers of South African Jews and Christians.

    A thousand people, including Zulu leaders, marched in Pretoria, while 800 gathered in front of the South African Parliament in Cape Town.

  • March in S. Africa to protest West Bank product relabeling

    June 26, 2012 | 10:04 am

    South Africa’s African Christian Democratic Party is planning a march to protest a proposal to ban products from the West Bank to be labeled as originating from Israel.

    Marches will be held Thursday in Pretoria and Friday at the parliament gates in Cape Town.

    Party leader the Rev....

  • South African party rapped for Israel support, lack of criticism

    June 25, 2012 | 10:38 am

    A South African political party and its leader have come under fire for their support of Israel and lack of criticism for its occupation of Palestinian territory.

    The Southern African Kairos Ministry said the attitude of the African Christian Democratic Party and the Rev. Kenneth...

  • South African government minister accused of scapegoating Israel

    June 13, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    South Africa’s Zionist federation accused the country’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Marius Fransman, of scapegoating Israel in a pro-Palestinian speech.

    David Hersch, head of the Cape Town South African Israel Public Affairs Committee, accused Fransman of ‘‘using Israel as a...

  • Tobias, origins of humanity expert, dies at 86

    June 8, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Phillip V. Tobias, a South African paleoanthropologist who was a leading expert on the prehistoric origins of humanity, has died.

    Tobias died in Johannesburg Thursday at the age of 86 after a long illness.

    Tobias, who was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize and won many other...

  • Screening of film comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa cancelled [VIDEO]

    June 7, 2012 | 10:25 am

    The screening of a film comparing Israel to South Africa’s apartheid regime was cancelled in Cape Town.

    The theater reportedly cancelled the screening after receiving hundreds of demands from patrons who were against the film.

    The Labia Theater in Cape Town decided to cancel the...

  • South African mobile company investigated for aiding Iran

    June 5, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    South African police are investigating allegations of corruption and aiding Iran against the country’s largest mobile supplier, MTN.

    The company is suspected of aiding the Iranian authorities with eavesdropping on political activists. It also is accused of promising defense...

  • South African Jewish leaders say trade minister is adamant on West Bank labeling

    May 24, 2012 | 10:34 am

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies was “very disappointed” with its meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on the labeling of products from the West Bank, a board spokeswoman said.

    Thursday morning’s meeting with Davies at his office in Cape Town was held to...

  • Israel summons South African envoy over product labeling

    May 21, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned the South African ambassador to Israel over the publication of a notice announcing a ban on labeling as Israeli products that originate from the West Bank.

    Ismail Coovadia was scheduled to visit the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Monday; no...

  • My Final Real Housewives of Atlanta Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    February 19, 2012 | 10:16 pm

    I tried to recap tonight’s episode from Africa and in the end just could not do it.  These chicks are shallow, petty, pathetic, jealous, bitchy and catty.  I could not get through it.  I am over these women and will no longer write about it.  I am checking out of Atlanta for good. ...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Ruin Africa Week 2

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2012 | 9:09 am

    These episodes in Africa have proven two things to the world.  One: Africa is glorious and everyone should visit if they are given the opportunity, and two: these women are embarrassing and should not be allowed to travel.  If I lived in Atlanta I would be mortified that these women...

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