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  • Australia Urged to Skip Durban Ii

    Australia’s Jewish leaders are urging the federal government to boycott a United Nations conference against racism. In a resolution passed unanimously Monday at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual conference in Sydney, the council said Australia should join Israel and Canada in withdrawing from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva because it… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Slain in Johannesburg

    A well-known Israeli diamond dealer was shot dead outside the downtown Johannesburg Diamond Center as he left the building. Michel Rubinek, 50, of Rubinek Diamonds, was attacked Monday evening by five men, one of whom was thought to be Israeli, according to reports. The gunmen opened fire from two cars with AK-47s and 9mm pistols…. More ▸

  • Livni: Israel Not Going to Durban Ii

    Israel will not participate in the Durban II anti-racism conference, Tzipi Livni said. Israel’s foreign minister made the announcement during an address Wednesday to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities of North America. The Durban Review Conference scheduled for Geneva in 2009 is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,… More ▸

  • 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 ▸