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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta – Sorry Africa

    By Ilana Angel

    February 2, 2012 | 8:29 pm

    Let me begin with a formal apology to the people of South Africa.  I am very sorry we sent these women to your beautiful country.  They are not the best examples of what ladies of the south are like.  Please forgive us and do not ban Americans from visiting.  Thank you.

    After a...

  • Opinion: A time for truth

    January 18, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    It is time for another Durban Conference.

    No, I’m not asking for a repeat of the U.N.-sponsored festival of Jew-hatred that took place in South Africa in 2001.

    The last thing we need is to have Israel demonized by Islamists and their allies in the West.

    We do not need another...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta: RECAP

    By Ilana Angel

    January 16, 2012 | 11:51 am

    We are back in Atlanta and is it just me or are these women getting boring? Furthermore, is a trip to South Africa really going to make them any more entertaining? These women no longer like each other so the interactions are ridiculous.  Give NeNe and Marlo their own show, give...

  • Another Israel-South Africa comparison

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 28, 2011 | 2:45 am

    How do you square “obvious wrongs with respect for local customs”, asks Eusebius McKaiser of Johannesburg’s Wits University. Apparently:

    South Africa has a rather schizophrenic approach to such questions. In 1994, it adopted a constitution that explicitly recognizes customary...

  • AIPAC-style lobbying group launched in South Africa

    November 30, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A pro-Israel lobbying group modeled after AIPAC was launched in South Africa.

    The Cape Town-based South African Israel Public Affairs Committee, or SAIPAC, launched Tuesday said aims to establish relationships with members of Parliament and other communities, as well as strengthen...

  • SA’s Garden Route Jews form association

    November 29, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Jewish families living in South Africa’s Garden Route have formed a Jewish association.

    The Garden Route Jewish Association last weekend formally affiliated with the umbrella body of South African Jewry, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies.

    The Garden Route area, some 250 miles east of...

  • Goldstone: Israel is not an ‘apartheid state’

    November 1, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Saying that Israel practices apartheid policies is “unfair and inaccurate slander,” Richard Goldstone wrote in an Op-Ed for The New York Times.

    The use of apartheid to describe Israel is “calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations,” Goldstone, who led the United...

  • South African group aims to put Israel on trial—again

    July 24, 2011 | 7:26 pm

    Ten years after the notorious U.N. anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, that devolved into an Israel-bashing frenzy, anti-Zionist forces are mobilizing again to hold another anti-Israel conference in South Africa.

    This time, Israel will be on trial.

    The Russell Tribunal...

  • Stories of Pre-state Israel’s Helpers Now on Film

    May 3, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    Ruth Stern could have lived a life of privilege and security in her native South Africa. Instead, in 1946, while still in her teens, she and two dozen other South African youths boarded a ship bound for Palestine.  

    Their goal: to study and travel the land for several months before...

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