Charisse Zeifert’s article in the Sunday Times on Israel’s participation in the AU
The SAJBD welcomes apology from Bongani Masuku, Cosatu
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) welcomes the apology to the Jewish community from Bongani Masuku and the Congress of South African Trade Unions. In terms of the judgment handed down last week by the Constitutional Court, Mr Masuku and Cosatu were required to apologise for a statement that the court ruled to be hate speech against the Jewish community. The apology received on the 23rd of February reads:
CHARISSE ZEIFERT: The line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is clear
Constitutional Court ruling means the likes of Bongani Masuku can no longer hide behind the cloak of legitimate criticism to propagate racist hate speech against Jews
‘Death and life are in the tongue’ – lessons from the Bongani Masuku hate speech case
Given the enduring legacy of the Nazi horrors inflicted on European Jewry, it has become commonplace for antisemites of every stripe to level baseless, insulting and profoundly demeaning charges against Jews that they themselves have become like Nazis.
“We can make sure that for that side it will be hell … something that may necessarily cause what is regarded as harm”.
These chilling words rang in my ears. As a young South African sitting in a university classroom, I never expected that my association with a group of people, a member of the South African Jewish community, would deem me a target for violence and unwelcome in my own country.
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Based in part on her own research, this review essay by Veronica Belling looks at a fascinating new biography of an very unusual Jewish woman
We are delighted to publish an extract from Dominique Malherbe's acclaimed new book on a remarkable Jewish woman and her relationship with one of the icons of Afrikaans literature.
How true a reflection of the Afrikaner-Jewish relationship was the pre-1948 antisemitism of the Afrikaner Press and Politicians? ((Part 1)
Ivan Kapelus considers the respective histories and complex relationship between of two distinct South African communities
The conflict between High Commissioner H L Samuel and Lt.-Colonel F H Kisch in Mandatory Palestine, 1923-4
Two distinguished Jewish members of the British establishment find themselves at loggerheads in the early years of the Palestine Mandate.
Idealism, disillusionment and survival - for Joseph Glazer, moving to Stalin's Soviet Union was an adventure that quickly became a nightmare.
Kathy Munro reflects on the life, achievements and lasting influence esteemed architect, architectural historian and heritage activist Clive Chipkin (1929-2021).
Dead Sea Scrolls authority Simon Berg look at the compilation of the Jewish sacred scriptures and considers the accuracy of their transmission down the centuries.
A new book on the SA Progressive movement throws welcome light on a previously neglected aspect of local Jewish history .
How a Jewish family, the Ginsbergs, were instrumental in making rooibos one of the world's most popular herbal teas and an important export item for South Africa