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  • 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...

  • 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...

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