Israel passes controversial ‘Jewish nation-state’ law

Israel’s parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens. The legislation, adopted by 62 votes to 55, makes Hebrew the country’s national language and defines the establishment of Jewish communities[…]

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Clashes erupt as Israeli forces escort hundreds of settlers to pray at Joseph’s Tomb

At least three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, while several others suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation during clashes that erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday in the northern occupied West bank city of Nablus. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli[…]

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ANC, Jewish Board aim to end ‘acrimony’

African National Congress international relations subcommittee chairperson Obed Bapela and other party leaders will be meeting with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) next week to discuss concerns. The discussions will focus on Bapela’s comments regarding dual citizenship and other matters relating to the Jewish community. “Obviously the[…]

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Dlamini in hot water again

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said it had laid criminal charges of hate speech against ex-University of Witwatersrand Students Representative Council president, Mcebo Dlamini, for calling Jews “devils”. “Dlamini’s comments are the latest in a series of offensive public statements that he made about South African Jews over[…]

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Hollande to meet with Jewish, Muslim leaders

French President Francois Hollande will meet Tuesday with the heads of the country’s leading Jewish and Muslim organizations, the Elysee Palace said, in an attempt to subdue a public rift between the two factions. Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris and president of the French Council[…]

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Chai FM guilty of hate speech: BCCSA

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) has reprimanded Jewish radio station Chai FM for broadcasting content that amounted to hate speech and propaganda. “As a sanction the tribunal issued a firm reprimand, cautioning the broadcaster that if a similar finding is made in future, a fine will be considered,”[…]

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Jewish activism important for Palestinian struggle

Organisations such as Jewish Voices for a Just Peace are an important start to the conscientizing of South African Jewry on the suffering of the Palestinian people, according to local cleric Imam Rashid Omar. The alim on Thursday assisted in unveiling a plaque dedicated to the lives lost in the[…]

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