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News and updates about South Africa

S. African Jewish newspaper penalized for criticizing BDS cartoon

South African Jewish publication kicked out of main press body for refusing to apologize for labelling BDS cartoon antisemitic.

S. African Jewish newspaper penalized for criticizing BDS cartoon

Death toll in South African floods surpasses 340, as thousands remain stranded

Officials declared a disaster emergency after catastrophic flooding ravaged entire communities in the Durban area.

Death toll in South African floods surpasses 340player

Germany rips Russia over claim it is 'fighting Nazis' in Ukraine

'We're kinda experts on Nazism,' says German embassy in South Africa, after Russia claims its invasion of Ukraine is to 'fight Nazism.'

Germany rips Russia over claim it is 'fighting Nazis' in Ukraine

South African twins plead guilty to plotting terror attacks against Jewish targets

Twins plead guilty to multiple terror charges, including attempting to join ISIS and planning to attack Jewish events and conferences.

SA twins plead guilty to plotting terror attacks against Jews

African Union rejects bid by South Africa and Algeria to strip Israel of observer status

Attempt by Algeria and South Africa to revoke Israel of its status as observer in African Union rejected.

African Union rejects bid to strip Israel of observer status

South Africa's former chief justice apologizes for pro-Israel comments

South Africa's former chief justice apologizes for comments he made in 2020 pledging support for Israel.

Former top judge apologizes for pro-Israel comments

Hail to the Chief

Steve Biko gave a new dimension to the struggle for freedom. His cruel murder and the incarceration of his colleagues didn't stop it. Op-ed.

Hail to the Chief

South African doctor: 'Omicron leaving as quickly as it came'

'In South Africa those who were vaccinated suffered only mild illness from Omicron - unlike those who weren't vaccinated,' Dr. Coetzee says.

South African doctor: 'Omicron leaving as quickly as it came'

'The right to enter the land of Israel is the birthright of every Jew'

The Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Rabbi Warren Goldstein, says that Israel's travel ban has been traumatic for Diaspora Jews.

'The right to enter Israel is the birthright of every Jew'player

SA Chief Rabbi: Limited lifting of travel ban isn't enough, rescind it completely

Rabbi Warren Goldstein: "No fundamental policy shift has been made: Jews from “red” countries still cannot enter the country".

Limited lifting of ban is not enough, rescind it completely

Archbishop Tutu and the disturbing power of intersectionality

South Africa’s struggle was nothing like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but Tutu's bias showed how easily myths lead people astray. Op-ed.

Archbishop Tutu and the disturbing power of intersectionality

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

Nobel Peace Prize laureate known for part in South Africa's struggle against apartheid dies at age 90.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at age 90 player

South African Miss Universe contestant receives death threats from anti-Israel activists

Lalela Mswane, who finished in third place at the pageant in Israel, calls out voices in her country who had called for a boycott.

South African Miss Universe contestant receives death threatsplayer

South African President tests positive for COVID-19

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms.

South African President tests positive for COVID-19

WHO: Data suggests Omicron is ‘less severe’

World Health Organization says severe cases of new COVID-19 variant remain low in South Africa.

WHO: Data suggests Omicron is ‘less severe’

The secret Hanukkah menorah in a South African Muslim neighborhood

Ma'or, married to a Muslim man before fleeing to Israel with her children, recounts the moment she realized her place was not among Muslims.

A secret Hanukkah menorah in a South African Muslim neighborhoodplayer

South Arica to Israel: Vaccine effective against Omicron variant

Early data from South Africa encouragingly shows that the vaccines are effective against serious illness even against the Omicron variant.

South Arica to Israel: Vaccine effective against Omicron strain

Doctor who discovered Omicron: Most cases are 'extremely mild'

South African physician who discovered Omicron variant says panic at this stage is unwarranted, noting most cases are 'very mild'.

Doctor who discovered Omicron: Most cases are 'extremely mild'

Mortality rates doubling in South Africa, where new variant was first sequenced

Head of Public Health Services Dr. Sharon Alray-Price: Variant has 38 mutations in spike protein, precisely in areas we're concerned about.

Mortality doubles in S. Africa where new variant first found

South Africa: We are being punished for our early detection

South Africa has started engaging countries that have imposed travel bans to persuade them to reconsider.

South Africa: We are being punished for our early detection

WHO names new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron'

World Health Organization says newly identified COVID-19 variant in South Africa is a "variant of concern".

WHO names new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron'

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offer condolences over Eliyahu Kay's murder

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offer condolences to the bereaved family of former South African employee Eliyahu Kay.

WW Heritage Foundation share in the loss of Eliyahu Kay

South Africa denounces beauty queen over Israel visit

South African government dissociates itself from decision by Miss South Africa to take part in annual Miss Universe in Israel.

South Africa denounces beauty queen over Israel visit

Booker Prize goes to novel about a South African Jewish mother’s dying wish

Author Damon Galgut wins prestigious prize for novel about South African Jewish woman's dying wish.

Booker Prize goes to novel about a Jewish mother’s dying wish

South Africa may have the most antisemitic government in the free world

Mandela was sympathetic to Zionism as a movement for freedom and self-determination. Today SA befriends N. Korea, not Israel.Op-ed.

SA may be the most antisemitic government in the free world

South Africa’s do or die remedy

A merit-free economy and a doomed society are wedded. Discard merit and you invite collapse. Witness South Africa. Op-ed.

South Africa’s do or die remedy

Could political rioting have caused chemical spill in S. Africa?

Investigators are trying to decide whether a chemical spill off the coast of Durban was caused by a warehouse fire looted by protesters.

Could political rioting have caused chemical spill in S. Africa?player

Watch: Food shortage in S. Africa with dozens killed in riots

'Utter chaos' has enveloped South Africa in wake of the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma.

Watch: Food shortage in S. Africa with dozens killed in riotsplayer

45 killed in South Africa riots

Police Minister says violence which followed jailing of former president could leave parts of country without food.

45 killed in South Africa riotsplayer

Watch: Rioting across S. Africa as former president sentenced

Stick-wielding protesters looted & marched through the streets of Johannesburg as former president was sentenced to prison for corruption.

Watch: Rioting across S. Africa as former president sentencedplayer

Watch: Supporters of former S. African president, Jacob Zuma, demand his release

South Africa's former President was due to begin a jail term on corruption charges, but an appeal is holding up the punishment.

Watch: Supporters of former S. African leader demand his releaseplayer

Sisyphus and our never ending task as Jews

Facing an audience whose mind is made up on anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism makes pushing Sisyphus' boulder up the hill seem easy. Op-ed.

Sisyphus and our never ending task as Jews

Chief Rabbi of South Africa: There's no apartheid in Israel

Rabbi Warren Goldstein disputes South African President's claim regarding Israel's policy but shares calls for peace.

Chief Rabbi of South Africa: There's no apartheid in Israel

RAA condemns Human Rights Watch

The RAA has released a statement with a sharply critical analysis of the Human Rights Watch use of the word 'apartheid' regarding Israel.

RAA condemns Human Rights Watch

'Baptism of fire': Police come under fire in South Africa

A passing vehicle sprays armored vehicle transport with volley of bullets as 'brazen daylight attacks' on the rise in South Africa.

'Baptism of fire': Police come under fire in South Africaplayer

Hebrew U. team unveils evidence of 2.6 million-year-old tools

Israeli researchers working at Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa uncover oldest evidence of cave inhabiting hominids ever.

Hebrew U. team unveils evidence of 2.6 million-year-old tools

Rabbi saves Torah from fire: 'I was fulfilling a higher purpose'

After wildfire engulfs Cape Town University, campus rabbi jumps into action to save Torah and pairs of tefillin left behind.

Rabbi saves Torah from fire: 'I was fulfilling a higher purpose'

South Africa: Rabbi, students tied up in yeshiva break-in

After murder, armed robbers break into Johannesburg yeshiva, attack rabbi and two students, cutting up prayer shawl, using it to tie them up

South Africa: Rabbi, students tied up in yeshiva break-in

South African BDS activist gives pro-Hitler university lecture

BDS activist being investigated by the University of Cape Town for defending Hitler in lecture he gave to students the week of Yom HaShoah.

South African BDS activist gives pro-Hitler university lecture

South Africa's Chief Justice refuses to back down from pro-Israel comments

Mogoeng Mogoeng spoke of his "love" for Israel and attacked his country's antagonistic behaviour toward the Jewish State.

Top Judge of South Africa not apologizing for supporting Israel