South Africa

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Murdered in Johannesburg

    An Israeli diamond trader was found murdered in South Africa. The murder occurred Monday night in Johannesburg, where the victim had lived for many years. The incident is being treated as a robbery gone awry, the Israeli daily Ha’artez reported Tuesday. More ▸

  • Amid Political Turmoil, Emigration from South Africa is Again on Rise

    The euphoria that permeated all sectors of the South African population with its first democratic election in 1994 has degenerated into widespread pessimism with the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki, who enjoyed a good relationship with the Jewish community and presided over a once-flourishing economy, was pushed out by his own party in… More ▸

  • Amid the Turmoil of South Africa, Jewish Activism Makes a Difference

    I recently had an opportunity, rarely afforded to presidents and CEOs, to spend six weeks in the shoes of one of my organization’s volunteers. I joined the American Jewish World Service’s Volunteer Corps, which places mid- and late-career professionals on assignments with nongovernmental organizations throughout the developing world. In this city, I was assigned to… More ▸

  • Linking Israel to South Africa

    Linking Israel to the former apartheid state of South Africa can be traced back to the late 1960s, when the Soviet anti-Zionist campaign found common cause with Arab world grievances at the United Nations. Diplomatic pressure on Israel culminated in 1975 when the U.N. General Assembly passed the notorious “Zionism is racism” resolution. At the… More ▸

  • South African Jews Aid Refugees Under Attack

    She stood outside on the sidewalk between the kosher restaurant and shop in a Jewish area of Johannesburg, plying her handicraft. To the housewives sipping their coffee or buying groceries, she could have been any other street vendor, save for the ragged clothes and the pain and fear etched on her face. Joyce — not… More ▸

  • At Forum Prepping for Durban Ii, Muslim States Go Easier on Israel

    On a morning that began with charges that an Israeli shelling in Gaza had killed four Palestinian children and their mother — typically the kind of event that unleashes a torrent of anti-Israel condemnation at the United Nations — Arab and Muslim diplomats in this Swiss city remained focused on keeping the 2009 U.N. World… More ▸

  • Violence, Political Future Worry South African Jews

    Violent crime, political change and an energy crisis are fueling a growing sense of panic among South African Jews. Several weeks ago the Jewish community was shaken when a Jewish man in Johannesburg named Sheldon Cohen was shot to death while sitting in his car waiting for his son to finish soccer practice. In the… More ▸

  • Out of South Africa Initiative by Aussies Strikes Wrong Chord

    South African Jewish leaders are fuming over a new initiative by Sydney’s Jewish community to help Jews emigrate from Africa to Australia. Zev Krengel, the national chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, wrote a letter last month urging Jewish leaders to suspend Project Sydney, a joint initiative of the New South Wales… More ▸

  • U.N. Conference Has Groups Worrying About Durban Sequel

    Jewish groups are casting a watchful eye on the first preparatory meetings for what some are calling Durban II, the follow-up to the infamous U.N.-sponsored conference against racism in 2001. The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa on the eve of the terrorist attacks of Sept…. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World South African Jews Charge Bias at Freedom of Expression Institute

    South Africa’s Freedom of Expression Institute is biased against Israel, the Jewish community’s umbrella body says. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies lambasted the institute, the FXI, in a letter sent to its director, Jane Duncan, and to the media, citing instances of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bias. The role of the nongovernmental organization, created… More ▸