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        12/6/2013, Tevet 3, 5774

      Natan Sharansky Mourns Nelson Mandela's Passing


      Chairman Natan Sharansky of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel released a statement, Friday, upon the passing of Nelson Mandela.

      The statement said, "Nelson Mandela was able to transform an armed campaign into a peaceful struggle for human rights. In so doing, he succeeded in building bridges and fostering cooperation where such ties had previously been unimaginable. When we met in 1990, several months after his release from prison and several years after mine, I was struck by his ability to see beyond the immediate goals of his efforts, pursuing the brighter future he wished to see for all South Africans. Nelson Mandela's death leaves a void that will not be quickly filled, and I join all defenders of human rights in mourning his passing."