The Jewish Week's Heather Robinson interviews Simon Deng, escaped slave, human rights activist, and Christian Zionist, about his work on behalf of Southern Sudan and Israel, the history of alliance between his people and Israel, and his thoughts on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and Ariel Sharon.
Hip hop Israel defender Ari Lesser takes on the Israel-apartheid comparison used by Jimmy Carter and others. "If you think that's apartheid it's because/You don't know what Apartheid really was." Please see Alan Zeitlin's recent interview with Ari Lesser here.
Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this essay was published in the Dec. 13 issue of The Jewish Week.
Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love. Jewish leaders, from Netanyahu (Israel), to Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (South Africa) to America, praised his greatness. Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”
As the deteriorating health of Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, dominated citizens’ thoughts and newspaper headlines in recent months, the legacy of another opponent of the country’s former policy of racial discrimination became the subject of debate.
South African leader's long relationship with community veered between supportive and hostile.
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Nelson Mandela’s amazing attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally — that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.
Yeshiva University's president, Richard Joel, has issued a statement on his disagreements with Jimmy Carter in response to a student group's April 10th forum with the ex-president at YU's Benjamin Cardozo Law School.
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, an advocate of boycotting Israel, won't be available for a controversial April 30th appearance at the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish cultural hotspot told its patrons Thursday.
"We heard from Roger Waters that he is unable to appear at the event scheduled for April 30," reads an email from the Y. " No further explanation for the cancellation was given, and the Y told The Jewish Week it would have no comment.
Says pro-Israel ad turned down by campus paper here; Columbia site of pro-Palestinian conference this weekend.
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A conference at Columbia focused on comparing Israel to apartheid is an outrage, says Jarrod Jordan, executive director of an Atlanta-based group that promotes leadership among African-American college students.
The Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference, to be held Oct. 14-16 at the Morningside Heights campus, will feature speakers, training sessions and workshops on topics including “combating the myths of Zionism,” implementing divestment campaigns against Israel on campus, and planning for an international Israeli Apartheid Week next February.
I was going to blog about about Ethan Bronner's report in the New York Times last week on the new West Bank settlement boom and the fact that it is happening “especially in more remote communities that are least likely to be part of Israel after any two-state peace deal,&rd
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