Nelson Mandela

Mandela: What’s over the rainbow?

By Richard Poplack , December 12, 2013

At the recent memorial celebrating South African former president, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein stood alongside other religious leaders and performed a moving interfaith service for the watching millions.


Mandela: For Israel, memorial turns into farce

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

While dozens of heads of state and prime ministers came to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, Israel was represented by a parliamentary delegation following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision not to spend millions of shekels on a flight.


The big lie: that Mandela viewed Israel as an apartheid state

By Jake Wallis Simons, December 12, 2013

Ever since his death, Nelson Mandela’s political and moral legacy has been subjected to intense analysis. But one misconception that has not been adequately debunked is that he equated the Jewish state to apartheid-era South Africa.


Mandela: Pogrom memory drew us to his battle

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2013



Mandela: He fought for our place in the rainbow nation

By Marcus Dysch and Alana Baranov, December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s close friendship with South African Jews has been remembered at a series of memorial services in the country.

One of the former president’s strongest bonds was with the country’s ex-chief rabbi, the late Cyril Harris, whose widow led the tributes to Mr Mandela.


Chief Rabbi of South Africa's opening prayer at the Mandela memorial

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013
World leaders joined tens of thousands of people at the FNB Stadium to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. The Chief Rabbi of South Africa opened the prayer service.


Disappointment over Israeli failure on Mandela funeral

By Daniel Easterman, December 10, 2013

In what South African Jewish leaders increasingly see as a farce, Israel will not send any major leader to Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

It emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be attending due to the cost of the journey, and President Shimon Peres has bowed out over concerns about his health.


When Mandela met Sharansky

By Tom Tugend, December 6, 2013

It was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles that the two former political prisoners came face to face.


Benjamin Netanyahu pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

By Daniel Easterman, December 6, 2013

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Mr Mandela "was one of the outstanding figures of our time. He was the father of his nation, a man of vision, a fighter for freedom who avoided violence".


Memories of Mandela: The day Nelson met the Board of Deputies

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela spoke at a special Board of Deputies dinner in his honour in April 2000, telling guests that peace in the Middle East was essential.

The former South African president warned that nations could not survive on the strength of their armies alone.