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  • S. African Jews on defensive ahead of racism parley

    JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 21 (JTA) — With the U.N. conference against racism set to begin in Durban on Aug. 31, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies is concerned about rising expressions of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views in the country. The group’s 41st congress last weekend was dominated by reactions to such sentiments. Yet government ministers…

  • South Africans blast U.S. before conference

    JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 6 (JTA) — With criticism mounting against the upcoming World Conference Against Racism, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has come out strongly against what it called attempts to dictate the meeting’s agenda. The statement by party spokesman Smuts Ngonyama, following a meeting of the party leadership Sunday, referred to U.S. opposition to…

  • Jewish promoter staged heavyweight title fight

    JOHANNESBURG, April 23 (JTA) – A Jewish boxing promoter who credits the local Lebanese community for his success was the force behind the heavyweight title fight that took place over the weekend near Johannesburg. Promoter Rodney Berman described the Sunday morning match between Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Africa.”…

  • South African chief rabbi stirs debate on imposing wealth tax

    JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 25 (JTA) – The South African chief rabbi’s apparent support for a new tax on the wealthy has angered some local Jews. Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris caused the stir with testimony last week before the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has been attempting to resolve issues left over from the era of…