South Africa

Bitter row erupts over Tzipi Livni visit

By Moira Schneider, January 27, 2011

A war of words has erupted between the Israeli Embassy, Israel's Department of Foreign Affairs and the chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) over the cancellation of a trip by Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

The former vice-prime minister postponed her visit, due to take place this week, because of the ongoing strike at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Board chairman Zev Krengel told Ha'aretz last week that the cancellation would deal a "devastating blow" to the local Jewish community.

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Petitions fly over Desmond Tutu's Israel stance

By Moira Schneider, January 20, 2011

A counter-petition in defence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, organised by a South African human rights group, has garnered over 4,000 signatures since its launch last week.

The move came in response to a similar online initiative launched last month by three Jewish residents of Cape Town, calling for the resignation of the anti-apartheid cleric as patron of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

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Hall of Infamy: Saleys Travel Goods

November 2, 2010

"Please don’t pay! Don’t contaminate our account with your blood money.

"We cannot supply you any of our goods as we don't want or need your blood money! Please do not contact us any more."

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Johannesburg votes for split with Ben-Gurion University

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) senate has voted to discontinue its partnership with an Israeli university unless the relationship is “amended to include Palestinian universities”.

In a statement the university also said they would not “engage in any activities with Ben-Gurion University that have direct or indirect military implications.”

Ben-Gurion University has until the beginning of April 2011 to meet the demands.

Several notable South African academics and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had petitioned for UJ to terminate the relationship.

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Goldstone invited to hold grandson's barmitzvah in California

By Jessica Elgot, April 23, 2010

A San Francisco rabbi has invited Judge Richard Goldstone to have his grandson’s barmitzvah in California, after Judge Goldstone agreed not to attend the barmitzvah in South Africa.

Rabbi Michael Lerner, of Beit Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley, the founder of Tikkun Magazine, said that both Judge Goldstone and his grandson would be honoured at the barmitzvah in San Francisco.

Judge Goldstone authored the controversial UN report into Operation Cast Lead, finding both Israel and Hamas guilty of war crimes. He agreed not to attend his grandson’s barmitzvah because of possible protests.

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Understanding silent bystanders

By Jenni Frazer, April 24, 1998

Laurence Olivier said that he went into his characters from the feet up. Fellow actors, he advised, should look at feet and shoes to understand how someone lived.

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The Visit by Nadine Gordimer

By Nadine Gordimer, November 15, 1991

When David Levy came home to his house in Johannesburg from the service that night, they stepped up, one on either side of him as he got out to open the garage doors. He yelled to the servant, Josias, "Hey, come and see what these boys want!"

And as the black man appeared at the kitchen door, added, “I’ve told you before I won't have a lot of skelms hanging about the yard."

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