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  • 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...

  • S. Africa denies arrest warrant request for Livni

    January 24, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    A request to issue an arrest warrant for Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni was turned down by a South African investigation board.

    The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks, found late last week that “there are insufficient grounds for us to...

  • Livni cancels South Africa visit

    January 19, 2011 | 11:09 am

    Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni canceled a scheduled trip to South Africa due to a strike by her country’s Foreign Ministry workers, the ministry said.

    Palestinian activists’ groups on Wednesday disputed the reason given by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to the South African media,...

  • South Africa’s chief rabbi defends Tutu

    January 18, 2011 | 10:07 am

    South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has slammed a petition seeking the removal of Desmond Tutu as patron of two Holocaust centers in South Africa.

    “I believe it is wrong to call for the resignation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a patron of the Holocaust Centre,” Goldstein...

  • S. African group seeking Livni’s arrest on ‘war crimes’

    January 18, 2011 | 10:04 am

    A South African organization dedicated to dispelling stereotypes about Muslims is seeking an arrest warrant for Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni for her role in the Gaza war.

    Livni, Israel’s opposition leader and head of the Kadima Party, is set to visit South Africa at the end of the...

  • Muslim supplier cancels Jewish group’s order with rant

    November 2, 2010 | 10:20 am

    A Muslim-owned supplier in Johannesburg canceled an order placed by a South African Jewish group with comments about “blood money.”

    The South African Zionist Federation ordered conference bags from Saley’s Travel Goods for its biennial conference in March; the federation has...

  • S. African university puts Ben-Gurion U. on notice

    October 4, 2010 | 11:14 am

    The University of Johannesburg’s faculty Senate voted to sever a longstanding relationship with an Israeli university unless certain conditions are met.

    Voting on the university’s relationship with Ben-Gurion University, the Senate required that the two institutions amend their...

  • South African ambassador returns to Israel

    July 20, 2010 | 11:54 am

    South Africa has reinstated its ambassador to Israel.

    The South African government had recalled Ismail Coovadia seven weeks ago following Israel’s interception of a Turkish aid ship, which led to the death of nine Turkish activists. It did not expel its ambassador from Israel.

  • South Africa to return ambassador soon

    June 11, 2010 | 10:39 am

    South Africa’s ambassador to Israel is to return “within two to three weeks,” an official said.

    The announcement came Wednesday in a statement released by the South African Union of Jewish Students, citing a spokesperson for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and...

  • South Africa recalls Israel ambassador

    June 3, 2010 | 11:44 am

    South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel but doesn’t plan to cut diplomatic ties, a government official said.

    Thursday’s action follows Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla early Monday, in which nine people were killed during a confrontation between...

  • South African Jewish leaders meet with Goldstone

    May 4, 2010 | 11:52 am

    A delegation of senior South African Jewish communal leaders met with Richard Goldstone.

    Monday’s meeting, to discuss Goldstone’s participation in the 2009 United Nations fact-finding mission into the Gaza war and the contents of his committee’s report, was held as part of a deal...

  • 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...

  • Goldstone will attend grandson’s bar mitzvah

    April 26, 2010 | 8:51 am

    Richard Goldstone will attend his grandson’s upcoming bar mitzvah in South Africa, following an agreement with local Jewish groups.

    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies brokered a deal between Goldstone and community organizations angry with Goldstone for his authorship of a...

  • Zuma to South African Jews: Come home

    September 1, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    South African President Jacob Zuma used a speech before his country’s main Jewish group to issue a call for expatriates to return home.

    Many Jews have left South Africa in the years since the initial optimism following the end of apartheid in 1994 dimmed, replaced by concern about...

  • VIDEO: South African woman reports warm flashes and sees vision in McCain spud product

    By The Web Guy

    October 3, 2008 | 5:41 am

    Anika von Wyck saw ‘visions’ in her trays of McCain’s Real Oven Baked Chips.

    “Warmth flashed over me,” she recalled, “and there, in the chips, I saw it—the vision!”

    A tip of the hat to Tea Drinking Lister for the President Potato meme.

  • 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...

  • VIDEO: Duke professor searches for ‘kohanim’ genetic marker

    July 21, 2008 | 6:15 pm

    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his news book, “Jacob’s Legacy”.

  • South African Jews grapple with semigration and emigration

    By Moira Schneider

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Abitz can barely hold back the tears when she looks around her synagogue in Cape Town, particularly during the High Holy Days.

    Pews that once were filled with her children are empty, and it's getting harder and harder for Abitz, 57, to go see them in Australia.

    "We don't have...

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • Pioneer Tales From South Africa

    By Moira Schneider

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Today, the only remaining signs of the hardy Jewish pioneers of Namaqualand are a cemetery and a synagogue, which is now a museum.

    But these Jews -- who first arrived in this remote, arid region of South Africa in the mid-1850s -- once numbered as many as 200 and played an important...

  • ‘Memory’ Shapes Life and History

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Persistence of Memory" by Tony Eprile (Norton, $24.95).

    Tony Eprile opens up the complex terrain of a changing South Africa in "The Persistence of Memory."

    This is an ambitious novel, a novel of many ideas. Eprile is a gifted storyteller who delves into the inner life and...

  • Alleged Israeli Mob Member Faces Trial

    By Michael Belling

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An alleged Israeli mobster is facing charges in South Africa that include murder, kidnapping, robbery and intimidation.

    The trial of Lior Saat next March will proceed following a ruling last week by Johannesburg's High Court that it has the jurisdiction to try him. It is considered...

  • Foundation to Stop Funding Hate Groups

    By Edwin Black

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a stunning reversal, the Ford Foundation has admitted it erred in funding anti-Israeli Palestinian groups and has vowed to establish tough new guidelines to stop its funds from being used for anti-Semitic action anywhere in the world.

    The foundation said it was "disgusted" by...

  • 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...

  • Cape Town Clash

    By Moira Schneider

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A controversial conversion has reignited a dispute over Orthodox Jewish standards between South Africa's Orthodox establishment and one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Attempts to paper over the cracks between the beit din, or the Jewish law court,...

  • Complicated Branches

    By Robert Brustein

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Syringa Tree," which won the 2001 Obie Award for best play and premieres in Los Angeles this week, might be the first theatrical work to deal with the complicated and ambiguous relations between Jews and blacks in South Africa. A solo performance written and acted by Pamela...

  • 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...

  • Israel Under Siege

    By Henry A. Waxman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On the news it's easy to find sickening evidence of the terrorist war being waged against Israel; harder to find, but no less real, are other insidious assaults that are growing in number and venom. This week, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, which convened in...

  • A statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior

    By Michael Melchior

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The following is excerpted from a statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior, read Monday at the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, by Ambassador Mordecai Yedid, the head of the Israeli delegation.

    Madame Chairperson,

    Why, when the world was...

  • Orna’s Jazzy Ways

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nocturnal in black, with an aura of cool magnified by her sexy South African accent, Orna sweeps through a set of jazz standards before a restaurant packed with twentysomething peers. Whether burning through "Fever" or coasting through "The Island" in Portuguese, the singer ensnares...
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