SA Jews say “enough is enough” around an­ti­semitic in­ci­dences

Ev­ery sin­gle one of these in­ci­dents is not only an at­tack on the Jewish com­mu­nity, but an at­tack on our very democ­racy. Racism has no place in this coun­try.

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page -

By: Charisse Zeifert

Over the past 24 hours, a flurry of vi­ciously an­ti­semitic and threat­en­ing at­tacks have been made against South African Jews, both on so­cial me­dia and in di­rect face-to-face en­coun­ters.

The in­ci­dents, which are be­ing fol­lowed up by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), have gen­er­ated great anx­i­ety and anger in the Jewish com­mu­nity and screen­shots of the of­fend­ing posts have gone vi­ral (See ap­pen­dix 1 be­low).

SAJBD Chair­man Shaun Zag­noev said that while it was un­for­tu­nately com­mon to find an­ti­semitic con­tent on­line, it was rare for it to take so vir­u­lent and in­flam­ma­tory a form as the lat­est re­ported com­ments.

“The posts show how eas­ily rad­i­cal anti-Is­rael sen­ti­ment can spill over into hate­ful slurs and threats against Jewish peo­ple in gen­eral.

“We are be­ing told that we are ‘scum’, ‘rats’, ‘bas­tards’, ‘pigs’, ‘swine’ and ‘fat-nosed f***ks.

“We are fur­ther be­ing warned that “our time is com­ing” and that “the Holo­caust will be a pic­nic af­ter we are done with you”.

Fur­ther­more, ear­lier this morn­ing, pas­sen­gers await­ing their lug­gage from an El Al flight into South Afri- ca were ver­bally abused, and called “wicked Jews” (https://www.face­book.com/100003248486003/ posts/1691588320959434/).

A mu­ral with a German flag, with a swastika in­serted in it, also ap­peared this morn­ing in Hamil­ton Street, Corona­tionville, in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Ev­ery sin­gle one of these in­ci­dents is not only an at­tack on the Jewish com­mu­nity, but an at­tack on our very democ­racy. Racism has no place in this coun­try.

And cer­tainly, any mi­nor­ity group is pro­tected by the Con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­tects our free­dom of ex­pres­sion and as­so­ci­a­tion.

It is no co-in­ci­dence that these an­ti­semitic com­ments are com­ing af­ter the very pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion and “re-ed­u­ca­tion” of model Shashi Naidoo for ex­press­ing her sup­port for Is­rael.

It would ap­pear that those who sup­port Is­rael are now “le­git­i­mate” tar­gets for at­tacks.

The vast ma­jor­ity of South African Jews are over­whelm­ing and proudly South African, proudly Jewish, and proudly Zion­ist.

“We will not be in­tim­i­dated by these at­tacks and we call on ev­ery sin­gle South African who is op­posed to any form of racism and who val­ues democ­racy and free­dom of ex­pres­sion to say “enough is enough!”.

“We need to con­demn politi­cians who whip up racism and we need to con­demn ex­trem­ist groups who in­tim­i­date and ha­rass in­di­vid­u­als who are vul­ner­a­ble and ex­press an opin­ion that doesn’t agree with theirs. There is sim­ply no place for hate in our coun­try.

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