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« The Guardian on the increasing pressure being placed on Jews | Main | Urgent - Stand your ground against Cosatu! »

February 04, 2009



Actually while I despise both of them, I dont see how what Hajaj said is any worse than Zackie Achmat's comment that "95% of Israelis are racist".
It is NOT more accpetable to hate Jews if they live in Israel.


They accepted the apology?


I pointed out before on several occasions - months ago, perhaps years ago, that the SAJBD and Krengel are a bunch of spineless wimps interested only in their own comfort, and not the wellbeing of Jewry - this proves it. Pollak rightly points out on his blog that with these cowardly fools in charge SA Jews have a lot to be afraid of.

That gets me thinking, Krengel and his gang of pathetic fools have more in common with the COSATU leadership than they could know, they care only for themselves and not those they pretend to serve.


"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.

How is this any different from what Fatima Hajaig said?


Hi Bheki,
This is an old hoax, 0 Kol Yisrael denied ever reporting this - but even if he did say it, would that make it true? There has never been a Jewish president of the US, why don't the Jews just get a Jew appointed? Or why don't the Jews get america to free jonathan pollard, or move their embassy from tel aviv to the capital Jerusalem?

Informed that the Kol Yisrael reporter assigned to cover the Israeli Cabinet [where the Sharon statement was alleged to have been made] denied Sharon had made the attributed comment, Dold responded with a different story from Geyer. She now claimed that her sources were two anonymous Israelis.

Finally, Geyer’s syndicate disseminated the following Editor’s Note which appeared on June 14 in the Chicago Tribune and Sarasota Herald Tribune and will likely be published by other papers that ran Geyer’s May 10 column.

Editor’s note: Georgie Anne Geyer’s May 10 column included a quote from Ariel Sharon, 'I control America.’ This quote was widely reported in the Palestinian press but cannot be confirmed in independent sources. Geyer and Universal Press Syndicate regret not having attributed the quote more specifically.

While the syndicate thus admitted that “This quote...cannot be confirmed in independent sources,” it failed to state unambiguously that Sharon never uttered the words and that the alleged quotation first appeared in a press release from the pro-Hamas IAP. Since IAP said that Kol Yisrael was their source and Kol Yisrael denies broadcasting any such report, there should be no question that IAP was attempting to perpetrate a hoax. The syndicate also should have written “alleged quote” whenever referring to the supposed statement by Sharon.

Furthermore, the Editor’s Note implies that the problem was one merely of mistaken attribution – that it would have been acceptable for Geyer to use the bogus quotation had she cited “Palestinian sources.” Obviously, since these sources have been proven false, the quote should not have been published at all.


So the whole Hajaig saga is over and Jewish Board has "praised" the President for his "commitment" that the Government is deeply opposed to any form of anti-semitism in SA. Just a day or two ago, quite rightly, the JB was furiously pressing ahead with the complaint against Hajaig and by yesterday have capitulated and are now no doubt feeling soothed and relieved by the President's assurances and yet Hajaig has not been directed to make a full and truly unequivocal apology directly to the community. Could they not have shown appreciation and still demanded that Hajaig just to the right thing? Where are their principles beyond feeling "special" because they believe (falsely) that they have unique "smoozy" behind closed doors access to the top echelons of power in SA? So all the corroded anti-semites who have come out of the woodwork of late will see the Board as never having had a real case in the first place and as deflecting whiners. The Board folk are truly SPINELESS in this very important instance. Professor Giliomie who has written extensively about such dynamics in minority politics in SA, must be suffering from heartburn today and wondering why... :)


At first I thought the second "apology was more meaningful and that the Board had done the right thing, but having slept on it (and reread the Board's reaction) I find the reaction VERY problematic. The Board is "very happy with the apology"?!? Jonathan Birger and even the editorial page of the M&G are less than happy with the "apology" and the government's response but the Board is "very happy"?!

Strikes me as reminiscent of the old Diaspora Jew mentality, where we can't afford to be too loud or outspoken for fear of provoking the powers that be. If years of cultivating a good relationship with the ANC result in an antisemitic outburst getting a rap on the knuckles and no other consequences whatsoever, the Board has been wasting its time!

I'd also be curious to know how the acceptability of this "apology" polls with SA Jewry in general. Does the Board's mandate reflect these views? Shouldn't it??


Zionism = Nazism NO
Zionism > Nazism YES.

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