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Eddy Magid, a city councilman for many years, was recently elected Deputy Mayor of Johannesburg. Magid joined Betar, the Revisionist youth movement when he moved to Johannesburg in 1946. He became one of the first South African Jews to join the battle for the new-born Jewish state, serving in Israel’s first tank squadron, which he said consisted of only 20 men and two tanks, both now mounted as monuments in Tel Aviv. He returned to South Africa in 1950 and started a political career. When the area in which he lived was incorporated into Greater Johannesburg in 1969, he was elected to the City Council.

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