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Ari Lesser- Israel Apartheid?

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.

Mandela, Apartheid And The Jews

12/16/2013
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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.”

Netanyahu To Skip Mandela Memorial

12/09/2013
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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

Jewish Leaders Mourn 'Modern-Day Prophet'

Support for PLO didn't diminish Mandela's stature, says ADL.

12/06/2013
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The international Jewish community praised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95 in his Johannesburg home.

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Mandela “a great leader who changed the course of history. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people.”

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

12/05/2013
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Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary South African leader who forged close ties with his country’s Jews in his fight to dismantle the apartheid regime, has died.

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader's long relationship with community veered between supportive and hostile.

12/05/2013
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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.

Mandela: Supported Israel, but was closer to the Palestinians. Getty Images

South Africa’s African National Congress Endorses Israel Boycott

12/23/2012

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Uniting New York Jews Of Foreign Origin

We had the opportunity to attend the JICNY and speak with founder Jodi Samuels, honoree Alana Shultz, and Sivan Hadari about what it means to be an international Jew in NYC. 

Enslavement, Redemption, and the Arab World: A Passover Unlike All Others

04/07/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Each and every year, at precisely this time of year, I find myself struggling with the question of who owns Jewish history.

It sounds like an odd question, I know. In a sense, it is. But what I mean is that there are some chapters of our history that are so imprinted on the broader consciousness of western civilization that it often feels as if we have handed over our historical experience to the rest of the world, to use as it pleases.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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