South Africa

South African doctor detained in UAE is granted bail

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

The elderly South African doctor detained while travelling through the United Arab Emirates was finally given bail this morning.

Professor Cyril Karabus was convicted in absentia by a UAE court for the alleged manslaughter of a terminally ill Yemeni girl he treated in the country in 2002.

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South African professor, 78, detained in the United Arab Emirates

By Sandy Rashty, September 27, 2012

The South African professor being held in the United Arab Emirates for a decade-old alleged manslaughter conviction, had his trial postponed for the fifth time last Wednesday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, 78, was convicted in absentia a decade ago for the manslaughter of a patient, but the prosecution still “cannot find” the hospital files that contain the alleged evidence.

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The limits of forgiveness

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, September 13, 2012

It’s the season of forgiveness, are we ready to forgive? It’s not always easy to let go of our resentment and bitterness towards those who have hurt us. Sometimes the scars are permanent. Can those who have suffered loss and injury in war and terrorism ever find it in their hearts to forgive? Should they even try?

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'I don’t have the money' says tax fraudster

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2012

A South African convicted of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs is fighting to keep out of jail as the authorities try to confiscate assets he claims he does not have.

Lawrence Goldberg, 48, has spent a year behind bars in Britain after pleading guilty last September to a tax scam of £1.1 million.

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‘South Africa boycott is Nazi move’

By Moira Schneider, September 6, 2012

British MP Denis MacShane has likened the boycott of Israeli products to the kauf nicht bei Juden imperative of Nazi Germany.

Addressing a gathering under the auspices of the Cape Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, he noted that old forms of antisemitism were being replaced.

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South Africa's travelling rabbi

By Moira Schneider, September 6, 2012

He ministers to Jews in 13 African countries including Madagascar and Mauritius, and has received recognition of the contribution Jews have made to Zimbabwe from President Robert Mugabe.

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, known in South Africa as the ‘Travelling Rabbi’, has possibly the most exciting rabbinical role anywhere.

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Board of Deputies anger as South Africa labels Israel 'occupier' state

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move, which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.

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Meddling in the Middle East

By Alana Baranov, August 24, 2012

The beaming, gracious Madiba waving to his people, the endless queues of multiracial crowds weaving as far as the eye can see - these are my memories of growing up in South Africa as apartheid came to an end.

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Board demands meeting with South Africa envoy after Israel boycott move

By Simon Rocker, August 24, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.

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South African Chief Rabbi attacks Israel boycott minister

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2012

The chief rabbi of South Africa has accused a government minister, who suggested people should not visit Israel, of repeating “the sins of the apartheid regime” and shunning dialogue. He called for him to step down.

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