Category: Opinions

Mr Maimane sees the reality of Israel for himself

South African Zionist Federation’s statement on Mmusi Maimane’s visit to Israel The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) would like to commend Mr. Mmusi Maimane the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) for his willingness to visit Israel.  We hope that Mr Maimane’s experience and engagement with leadership in the Middle East will give him the…

Shielding Israel from local hate speech

SAZF Cape Council’s Ben Levitas responds to Media Review Network’s latest anti-Semitic torrent Israel-hater Ayeesha J. Soni recently wrote an opinion piece for South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper in which she compares Israel to Hitler. Herewith our response: There is no nation more qualified to chair the United Nations “Sixth Legal Committee” than Israel. Israel has…

Reversing the roles of Perpetrator and Victim: A Response to the Cape Times

SAZF Cape Council’s Rodney Mazinter responds to Media Review Network ‘journalist’ Suraya Dadoo’s virulent Cape Times article Yesterday, two Palestinians, taking advantage of Israel’s freedom of association, calmly walked into a crowded Tel Aviv restaurant, ordered food, and then rose from their seats with guns drawn. They injured 20 Israelis – murdered four – before…

The annual BDS campaign

The silly season has started.  The annual worldwide BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign is in full swing during the month of March. The various programs are cleverly designed in an effort to brand Israel as an Apartheid state. The disingenuousness of these efforts are reflected in the counter-initiatives of governments, institutions, organizations and ordinary…