SOUTH AFRICA: A NA­TION ON EDGE

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

SOUTHAfrica’sJewsare­un­der sev­ere­pres­sure—and­notjust­be­cause they live in an ag­gres­sively anti-Zion­ist coun­try.The­yare­al­sobe­ing­buf­fet­edby apow­er­fulin­ter­nalde­ba­teover­howto re­late to Is­rael over its war with Ha­mas.

Thisweek,Jo­han­nes­burgJewish teenagerJoshuaB­roomberg,deputy head­boy­ofKingDavidHighS­chool in­Vic­to­ryPark,postedapho­to­graph in­which­he­andt­woJewish­friends sported“kef­fiyehs”toshow “op­po­si­tion­tothe­hu­man­rights vi­o­la­tions car­ried out against the peo­ple of Pales­tine”.A pe­ti­tion of over 2,000sig­na­turesurgedthere­vo­ca­tion ofhiss­chool­honours.

Mean­while,500Jews–among the­manti-aparthei­d­vet­er­ansand oth­er­promi­nentin­di­vid­u­als—tooka half-pagead­vertinthen­ational

say­ingth­ey­were“ap­palled”by Is­rael’s ac­tions.

Allth­is­come­samid­poi­sonous anti-Is­raelfeelinginthe­coun­tryat large.OnSatur­day,around40,000 main­lyMus­limprotesters­marchedin CapeTow­na­gain­stIs­rael.Themarch, ad­dressed­byArch­bish­opDes­mond Tutu,was­said­to­have­beenone­ofthe bigges­theldinthecity,ri­vallingth­ose held­duringa­partheid.

There­have­been­re­peat­ed­calls —re­sist­ed­by­gov­ern­ment—forthe ex­pul­sionoftheIs­raelien­voyand for­sanc­tion­sto­beim­poseda­gainst theJewish­state.Thisweek,for­mer pres­i­den­tThaboMbe­ki­called­fora boy­cot­tofIs­raeli­goods.

Last­month,ANCdeputy­gen­eral sec­re­taryJessieDuar­te­com­pared Is­rael­toNaz­iGer­manyandGaza­tothe Holo­caust­death­camps.

Afew­dayslater,anANCvol­un­teer postedapic­ture­ofHitler­with­the cap­tion:“Yes­man,youw­ereright”. In­the­wake­ofthe­set­woin­ci­dents, theBoard­ofDeputiesandthe Jewish­com­mu­ni­ty­havelodged sep­a­rate­hate­speech­cases with­theSAHu­manRights

Com­mis­sion.

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