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  • South African twins planned attacks on U.S. Embassy, Jewish buildings

    July 11, 2016 | 10:49 am

    South African twins arrested over the weekend were planning attacks on the U.S. Embassy in the capital Pretoria as well as on buildings owned by Jewish people, police said on Monday.

    Four South Africans, including the twins, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, faced charges in...

  • Is Israel an apartheid state?

    July 6, 2016 | 10:25 am

    I grew up in South Africa during the apartheid years, born to parents who had survived the Nazis. Thus, I heard firsthand what they experienced, which shaped my sensitivity to social justice and support for civil disobedience against that regime.

    In 1948, the South African...

  • Lithuania lifts major obstruction to citizenship applications by Jews

    June 23, 2016 | 2:52 pm

    Lithuania’s parliament passed legislation that is expected to simplify the naturalization of Litvak Jews abroad and their descendants.

    Under amendments passed Thursday by the Seimas in Vilnius, Lithuanians who left before 1990 and their direct descendants may be naturalized...

  • South Africa water confab canceled over participation of Israeli envoy

    February 16, 2016 | 11:50 am

    A Johannesburg conference dealing with the water crisis in South Africa was canceled due to criticism concerning the inclusion of Israel’s ambassador to South Africa.

    The envoy, Arthur Lenk, was to be part of a panel at the conference scheduled for the end of February on...

  • Theater, apartheid and a director’s Jewish roots

    November 24, 2015 | 10:45 am

    “I’ve been very fortunate through most of my adult life to be able to have earned a living in the art form that I love,” Simon Levy, producing director of the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood, commented during a recent interview. “And I’ve been in a very fortunate position...

  • South African ruling party discourages travel to Israel

    October 13, 2015 | 9:12 am

    The ruling party in South Africa urged the country’s citizens not to visit Israel unless they are in solidarity with the “Palestinian struggle.”

    While similar calls have been made in the past by African National Congress party ministers, there reportedly was a “strong consensus”...

  • Hundreds protest in South Africa against U.S. star Pharrell Williams

    September 21, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    About 500 people demonstrated outside a Cape Town venue where Pharrell Williams was due to perform on Monday, in protest against the U.S. pop star's promotional deal with South African retailer Woolworths and its trade ties with Israel.

    The Grammy award-winning producer and...

  • Pharrell Williams’ concert venue in South Africa drops legal bid to fend off BDS

    September 18, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Organizers of a concert by American pop star Pharrell Williams have abandoned their legal action against pro-Palestinian demonstrators protesting against his presence there.

    The Sun International hotel group had launched an urgent court interdict on Monday to limit the number of...

  • S. African Jewish leaders: Possible ban on dual citizenship targets IDF service

    September 8, 2015 | 10:21 am

    South African Jewish leaders condemned an African National Congress review of their country’ s dual citizenship policy in what they say is a bid to prevent its citizens from serving in the Israeli military.

    Banning dual citizenship is scheduled to be discussed anew at the ruling...

  • South African Jewish students oppose use of swastikas in protest

    March 20, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Protests by black students of a statue honoring British colonizer Cecil Rhodes provoked tensions with Jewish students by invoking swastikas and other Nazi imagery.

    Members of the student protest group Black Monday hung posters bearing pictures of Adolf Hitler and swastikas on the...

  • ‘We must negotiate with Islamic State,’ senior mediator says

    December 15, 2014 | 10:39 am

    When Padraig O'Malley says we must talk to Islamic State, he's speaking from experience.

    A seasoned mediator, O'Malley brought together warring parties in Iraq at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2007 and 2008, resulting in an agreement that formed the basis for political...

  • The Shabbos Project at Nessah

    October 29, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills drew more 1,000 people for a Shabbat of global proportions on Oct. 24 and 25, as it participated in The Shabbos Project, a worldwide movement initiated last year in South Africa.

    Locally, Friday night’s celebration was still going strong into the...

  • South Africans arrested over BDS protest at Woolworths

    October 27, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Some 57 protesters calling for a boycott of Woolworths in South Africa because it carries Israeli products were arrested in Johannesburg.

    The protesters were arrested on Saturday and charged with public disturbance, the South Africa Press Association reported. They reportedly...

  • Reeva Steenkamp, Monica Lewinsky, Renee Zellweger

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2014 | 8:16 am

    Reeva Steenkamp

    There are three women in the news this week that I want to comment on. I am fascinated by this group of people and find myself with strong opinions and feelings about all of them. They are all in the news for the wrong reasons and I find myself feeling compassion...

  • Jewish publication apologizes for Op-Ed comparing Tutu to Hitler

    September 15, 2014 | 10:32 am

    A Jewish online publication in South Africa apologized for an Op-Ed that compared Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Adolf Hitler.

    The South African Jewish Report posted the apology Friday on its website and removed the opinion piece written by Leon Reich, chairman of Likud South Africa,...

  • S. African union official calls for ‘wrath’ against Jewish leaders

    August 14, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    A South African union leader called for “eye for an eye” attacks on Jewish communal officials in retribution for civilian deaths in Gaza.

    In a Facebook post Wednesday, Tony Ehrenreich, a trade union official and the 2011 Cape Town mayoral candidate for the African National...

  • South Africa threatens to prosecute citizens serving in IDF

    August 7, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    South African authorities said they will prosecute citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

    The warning earlier this week came after a pro-Palestinian advocacy group opened a case against Dean Goodson of Cape Town, who reportedly is serving in the IDF.

    Action Forum in...

  • Hidden in plain sight

    April 23, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Harry Davids was about 6 years old when his parents called him into the bedroom of their home in South Africa to deliver a message he will never forget.

    “They say, ‘Are you aware we’re not your real parents? We’re your uncle and aunt. Your parents were killed in a big war.’ ”

  • 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...

  • 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...

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