Africa

South Africans slam 60th

May 22, 2008

More than 10 South African government ministers were among the signatories of a statement criticising “apartheid” Israel’s 60th anniversary. Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Intelligence and Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture joined in insisting: “Apartheid was a gross violation of human rights. It was so in South Africa and it is so with regard to Israel’s persecution of the Palestinians!”

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WJR raises £200,000 for Darfur

May 1, 2008

World Jewish Relief’s Darfur emergency appeal has raised over £200,000 in its first year, benefiting 30,000 women, children and elderly refugees.

The London-based humanitarian charity launched the appeal believing that the community would identify with a cause “that resonates so closely with our own horrific past”.

Major donations account for about one-third of the cash and the appeal has received a steady stream of small contributions. Schools and synagogues have also held fundraisers.

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Darfur protest

By Neil Wolfson, April 17, 2008

Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs was among a large Jewish presence at Sunday’s fifth annual London protest rally against the genocide in Darfur.

Mr Isaacs, Board of Deputies president Henry Grunwald, JC columnist Jonathan Freedland and several hundred Jewish students were among the 2,000 people outside the Sudanese embassy. Students wore T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Never Again? It’s Happening Right Now”.

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