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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-Israeli relations get boost with Mandela’s visit

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 12 (JTA) — South African Jews are welcoming former President Nelson Mandela’s plans to visit Israel, expressing hopes that it will augur well for South African-Israeli relations. Mandela is expected to arrive in the Jewish state from Tehran next week in time to lunch with Israeli President Ezer Weizman on Monday. On Tuesday,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • South African Jewish leader takes a new post at Cleveland federation

    JOHANNESBURG, May 9 (JTA) — A man who is credited with raising the status of South African Jewish civil servants is leaving his position as director of the country’s main umbrella organization for a position in Cleveland. Seymour Kopelowitz, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, will be based in the Cleveland…

  • Israel recalls South African envoy amid charges of a security breach

    JOHANNESBURG, April 12 (JTA) — The Israeli Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador to South Africa for questioning regarding his much-publicized alleged liaison with a member of the South African military. “I am amazed, astonished and bewildered at their change of heart,” Uri Oren said Sunday, on the eve of his departure for Israel. “I…

  • South African rabbis call for fast after tragic deaths

    JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 13 (JTA) — Rabbis in Johannesburg are calling on their congregants to observe a half-day fast and to give tzedakah, charity, on Monday in the wake of a recent spate of tragic Jewish deaths here. The rabbis were expected to make their appeal at Friday evening services. During the recent holiday season, there…