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Posted Jan 23, 2020
We approach another Holocaust Remembrance Day and many, particularly those born after 1945 are questioning why it is still necessary; why keep the memory alive. “Get on with it,” they say, “it’s history. Let us concentrate on the future.” These critics discount the link between Israel’s determination to survive and the memory of the Holocaust that has not been forgotten. Discounted because it represents their impatience with Israel’s embrace of its role as the ultimate guarantor of the safety of the Jewish people
Posted Nov 25, 2019
The South African Zionist Federation commends the University of Cape Town Senate for firmly rejecting a motion to boycott Israeli academic institutions. We thank the Senate for standing up to this campaign of hate and asserting the importance of academic freedom over narrow political agendas.
Posted Nov 15, 2019
SA accepted the presidency of the UN Security Council for October. This offered a unique opportunity for the country to lead the international arena with courage, boldness and moral clarity. Sadly, SA squandered the moment at the UN Security Council open debate on the situation in the Middle East.
Posted Oct 24, 2019
The downgrading of the South African embassy in Israel is moving ahead says president Ramaphosa answering questions in parliament. Perhaps the more appropriate question from Munzoor Shaik-Emam would be to ask the president why SA maintains such strong relations with most of the world’s worst human rights abusers and especially gender- based violence, such an important issue in South Africa.
Posted Sep 30, 2019
The Anti-semetic Nature of BDS exposed.
MSA report exposes the antisemitic nature of BDS and how it generates antisemitism worldwide. Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan at the release of the report in Brussels at the European Parliament in the presence of Special Envoys against antisemitism from the US and EU, Elan Carr and Katharina von Schnurbein: “I call on the member states of the EU not to take part in the discriminatory and antisemitic BDS campaign whose goals include the destruction of the Jewish State.”
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Again, the silence of BDS, Media Review Network, Cosatu and Palestinian Solidarity groups is deafening in the face of the vicious attacks on defenseless immigrants across the country these past few weeks. But be assured that if something of this nature were to have happened in Israel that would have stopped the press and made front page headlines .
Posted Mar 4, 2019
The SASI programme is a joint initiative between Telfed, The Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation and leading Israeli universities and academic institutions. A SASI student is eligible to receive a two part (needs-based) scholarship package, awarded to a limited number of students each year.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Oscar van Heerden’s opinion article, “We all owe the Palestinians our support in word and deed”, (Daily Maverick, January 24, 2019). Van Heerden isn’t the first openly anti-Semitic commentator to crucify Israel unabashedly as the nation-state of the Jewish people. However, he provides an astonishing display of academic ignorance of the Middle East, and Palestinian and Israeli society, politics, and security with monstrous disfigurations of fact. By Dan Diker, Rolene Marks and David E. Kaplan.
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Israel is one of the smallest nations in the world – yet it has a massive positive impact on global health, food and water security, disaster relief and the economies of developing and developed countries.
Perhaps when Oscar van Heerden next consigns his prejudices to writing, he would confine his remarks to verifiable and unimpeachable sources.
Oh, and For van Heerden’s elucidation, hatred is not taught to Israeli children: but tolerance, love and respect for all.