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  • Mandela has not abandoned violence

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 21 (JTA) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela says he wants to play a mediating role in the Mideast, but has not abandoned the idea of violence if negotiations fail. “If the only alternative is violence, we will use violence,” he told an enthusiastic Palestinian legislative assembly in the Gaza Strip this…

  • South African Jewish community prominent at Mbeki’s inauguration

    JOHANNESBURG, June 21 (JTA) — Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community played prominent parts in the nation’s peaceful transition of power. Constitutional Court President Judge Arthur Chaskalson administered the oath of office to President Thabo Mbeki, while Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris was one of five religious leaders to offer a prayer at the June 16…

  • Jewish-led party takes its place as the opposition in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG, June 7 (JTA) — For the first time in the history of South Africa’s Parliament, a Jewish legislator will lead the opposition. The final results from the nation’s second democratic elections indicate that the Democratic Party, led by Tony Leon, will replace the New National Party as the official opposition to the ruling African…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES South African Jews look to new government with hope and dread

    JOHANNESBURG, June 8 (JTA) — The first democratic elections in South Africa in April 1994 brought about universal franchise, a black-led government and a peaceful revolution. People voted with their hearts — or fears. Last week”s elections were different. People voted with their heads. This was an election about future government and governance, rather than…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES South African Jews look to new government with hope and dread

    JOHANNESBURG, June 3 (JTA) — The first democratic elections in South Africa in April 1994 brought about universal franchise, a black-led government and a peaceful revolution. People voted with their hearts — or fears. Wednesday”s elections were different. People voted with their heads. This was an election about future government and governance, rather than the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS South African Jews look to new government with hope and dread

    JOHANNESBURG, June 2 (JTA) — The first democratic elections in South Africa in April 1994 brought about universal franchise, a black-led government and a peaceful revolution. People voted with their hearts — or fears. Wednesday”s elections were different. People voted with their heads. This was an election about future government and governance, rather than the…

  • Jews leaving South Africa cite increasing crime rate

    JOHANNESBURG, April 26 (JTA) — The Gavronsky family is one of many making the exodus from South Africa. The family of four has one month to go before leaving for Great Neck, N.Y., and the father’s excitement is palpable. “It’s an opportunity we can’t miss. We have our green cards and we’re going,” says Ian…

  • Michael Jackson dances hora at Bar Mitzvah in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 25 (JTA) — Over the years, Michael Jackson has often been in the headlines for his unconventional garb and lifestyle. But this might be the first time the pop music star has garnered media attention for trying to fit in. Sporting a red military-style jacket with gold braid and a yarmulka, Jackson surprised…

  • Bombing of Cape Town shul outrages South African Jewry

    JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 20 (JTA) — South African Jews are outraged by the bombing of a synagogue in a suburb of Cape Town early last Friday, which some suspect of being perpetrated by Muslims protesting the U.S. bombardment of Iraq. Nobody was hurt in the explosion, which occurred just after midnight, about two hours after congregants…

  • South African Jews join protest against arms to Syria

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 21 (JTA) — South Africa’s Jewish community has registered its sharp disapproval of the government’s proposed $650 million sale of tank-firing systems to Syria. “We earnestly request that the proposed reported arms deal be rescinded,” top Jewish leaders here wrote in a letter to South African President Nelson Mandela. The sale “would contribute…