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  • Unharmed by Violence but Suffering Economically, Zimbabwe Jews Hold out

    With Zimbabwe in the throes of an economic and political crisis, the country’s tiny Jewish community is holding steady. The president of a synagogue in the city of Bulawayo says Zimbabwe’s approximately 320 Jews have been left largely unharmed by the violence surrounding last week’s presidential election that drove opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai from the… More ▸

  • Star Witness in Zimbabwe Trial is Self-described Ex-israeli Spy

    A former Israeli spy is the star state witness in a high-profile trial in Zimbabwe. The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, and two of his senior lieutenants are being charged with treason. If convicted, the three could face the death penalty. The charges arise from a videotape secretly made by… More ▸

  • Hackles Rise when Zimbabwe Paper Runs ‘repugnant’ Anti-semitic Diatribe

    “Vile, repugnant, racist rubbish” was how one Jewish leader reacted to an anti- Semitic article that appeared recently in a Zimbabwe newspaper. A Johannesburg-based journalist, Samu Zulu, prompted Jewish criticism with an Op-Ed piece he wrote for Zimbabwe’s Sunday Mail. In the article, Zulu wrote about 19th-century British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, for whom Rhodesia —… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Zimbabwe’s Jews Tense, Watchful After Disputed Presidential Election

    Zimbabwe’s Jews are facing an uncertain future in the wake of the recent presidential elections. With food shortages, the threat of strikes and selected sanctions being imposed added to the country’s myriad problems, the mood among the country’s 700-strong Jewish community is one of bewilderment. Many people were “fairly stunned” that President Robert Mugabe was… More ▸

  • Anti-jewish Slur in Zimbabwe Paper Draws Ire of African Jewish Congress

    Accusations of an alleged Jewish plot to destroy Zimbabwe’s economy have been featured prominently in a newspaper there. The Bulawayo Chronicle, which supports the government of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, last week published a 3,000-word article alleging Jewish responsibility for the ongoing economic problems facing Zimbabwe. This is the second time in three months that… More ▸