South Africa

For Israeli Arabs and Jews, Soccer Puts Identity Politics In Play

Cultural tensions and overlaps on view in World Cup rooting interests.

06/29/2010
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — At World Cup time, soccer fever is hailed as a cosmopolitan common denominator.

A café in the central square in Nazareth, is adorned with flags of World Cup favorites. Right, fans watch a match at Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Robust Economy Is Linked To Its Burgeoning Real Estate Market

06/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Even during the darkest days of the global economic meltdown, the value of Israeli real estate properties across the entire country continued to rise. The combination of low-interest rates and the limited number of affordable new apartments in major cities and towns, created the perfect real estate storm for local and foreign buyers.

How Charles Barron Can Help Himself

I have met Councilman Charles Barron and interviewed him many times. I do not believe, as some claim, that he is anti-Semitic. But he is unquestionably biased when it comes to Israel.

Oren Lashes Out At Goldstone Over Gaza Report

06/02/2010
Staff Writer

First, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz last fall called Richard Goldstone a “Jewish anti-Semite.”

Then last December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the “Goldstone threat” was one of “three primary threats facing us today.” Just last month, the threat of demonstrations in his native South Africa caused him to momentarily cancel plans to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

The war crimes report by Richard Goldstone, right, “literally threatens Israeli lives,” says Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.

It's back: the Israel-South Africa connection and allegations of an offer to sell nuclear weapons

This week's headlines alleging that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1975, reported in a new book and a report in The Guardian, come at a particularly bad time for the Jewish state.

Zooming In On South Africa

David Goldblatt’s photographs, on exhibit at The Jewish Museum,
chronicle everyday life under apartheid.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

David Goldblatt, the South African photographer, can paint two portraits of his father, a Jewish shop-owner in a traditional mining town. In one, Goldblatt tells how his father would drink tea with a white Nationalist, a member of the right-wing party that staunchly defended apartheid, outside behind his men’s clothing store. “He was friends with some of them,” Goldblatt says of his father. “Many Jews were.”

Goldblatt's "Holdup at Hillbrow" (1963), which, like much of his work, focuses on how apartheid played out in daily life

A Stranger Walks Onto An Israeli Bus...

04/27/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

On a sunny Thursday morning during Israel’s February heat wave, I boarded the No. 63 bus in Givatayim, on my way to central Tel Aviv. I took a seat near the window to admire the white city. A few stops later, as the bus started to get crowded, a young black man got on and moved to take an empty seat near the driver.
 

Tikkun to honor Goldstone

04/26/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) – Tikkun magazine will give its 25th annual ethics award next year to Richard Goldstone, author of the U.N. report on the Gaza war.

The announcement of the award came amid the controversy over Goldstone’s attendance of his grandson’s bar mitzvah in South Africa. Goldstone initially said he would skip the family simcha to avoid planned protests at the event by Zionist groups in South Africa, but late last week an agreement was reached to allow Goldstone to attend the bar mitzvah without protest.

Goldstone will attend grandson’s bar mitzvah

04/26/2010

CAPE TOWN (JTA) -- Richard Goldstone will attend his grandson's upcoming bar mitzvah in South Africa, following an agreement with local Jewish groups.

Moves on Goldstone Bar Mitzvah Spark Brouhaha

04/20/2010
JTA

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) -- Talk about shul politics.

In the interest of avoiding a disruption of his grandson’s bar mitzvah, Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war, told JTA last week that he would not attend the family simcha next month at a Johannesburg synagogue.

But in case Goldstone has any second thoughts, a leading South African Jewish group announced it is ready to protest should he show up.

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