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March 11, 2015 2:39 pm

South African Jewish Group Raises Concern Over Growing BDS-Linked Antisemitism

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Sunday's BDS rally against Israel outside the South African Zionist Federation near Johannesburg. Photo: YouTube screenshot. – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) released a statement expressing concern that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is creating a climate of increased antisemitism in South Africa.

“The SAJBD has repeatedly expressed concern that the BDS, by importing the Middle East conflict into South Africa, is creating a climate that encourages antisemitism while shutting down any possible and rational debate on Israeli—Palestinian issues,” the group said on its website.

On Sunday, BDS supporters threatened to slaughter Jews at a rally outside of the South African Zionist Federation near Johannesburg, which was holding a South Africa-Israeli expo at the time.

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“You think this is Israel, we are going to kill you,” one of the BDS protesters said. Other protestors shouted, “You Jews do not belong in South Africa” and “no Zionist conference be held on our soil.”

“The BDS is fueling the flames of a fire that it cannot control,” said the SAJBD. “They base their hatred on the fact that the South African Jewish community and lovers of Israel generally, do not share the BDS’s narrow and skewed view on Israel.”

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  • Elere

    Well I am not sure of what Israeli want as per their coming election, with all these happing I would have wished that they vote BIBI again to form new government because all those who want the leftist to rule the country are the enemy of the State of Israel. One may want to ask me why I choose him, its all because many enemies of the state are scared mere hearing the name of BIBI. the hard Israel is experiencing now is not peculiar to the state it is even worse in my country Nigeria where there is no restriction on trade or whatever.
    Imaging if the Arabs are in harmony with the Jewish state the state might not even had developed as it is now or be flourished than it now.
    Let all of them continue to hate Israel, non of them will rest or peace until they repented of their hatred towards the choosing of God. Rom 11:1 says God will never forsaken Israel, Jer.32:40-47 also says that God will not forsaken His people Israel. You can see how God demonstrates this by opening up trades routes and ties between the Jews and the East (Asia Countries).
    Israelis should be patient with their God who is with them in their travails, because He who keeps His threshold will keep it till the end. God bless Israel with all necessary wisdom to even take up the world.

  • Robert Davis

    If the S.A. govt. is not able to protect its jewish minority it would be best for S.A Jews to leave S.A. and let the country crumble economically and politically. I do not think S.A. has any future.

  • Marie Dellatola

    Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord says to Abram, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse”

  • I decided 35 years ago it was time to leave South Africa and came home to Israel, a decision I don’t regret in spite of all the hardships involved.

  • Come home to the Mother Country — England. Join the ‘Free French’ Jews who are enlarging Anglo-Jewry and our large South African Jewish community, who are intelligent, educated and productive. UK and Commonwealth Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, as you know,is from South Africa.

  • Israel in the family of nations.
    I do not know another nation on earth which since its
    founding, less than seventy years ago, had to sacrifice 23,000 soldiers.

    I do not know another nation on earth without recognized borders.
    I do not know another nation on earth whose population
    lives under a perpetual emotional strain.
    I do not know another nation on earth threatened to be wiped off the map.

    I do not know another nation on earth so threatened by boycotts all over the world.
    I do not know another nation on earth where winners tend to lose wars.
    I do not know another nation on earth which provides its own enemy with
    water, electricity, food, weapons, and medical treatment.

    I do not know another nation on earth where guests on official visits utter
    disrespectful and offensive words.
    But I also don’t know another nation on earth which has recorded so many miracles.

    Imagine a helpless, naked Jew at the gas ovens facing a Nazi official, who thinks he
    will get rid of the “Jewish cancer”, get rid of this unique phenomenon of 2,000 years.

    Could that helpless, naked Jew imagine that in 50 years
    other Jews will be flying F-16’s in the skies over Israel ?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel ‘s
    population today would be nine times that of 1948, the year of the state’s creation?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is much happier than all the European countries?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has the highest production of scientific
    publications per capita in the world?

    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has the highest
    worldwide publication of new books?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the only nation which began the
    XXI century with a net gain in the number of trees?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel has with largest number of chess
    grandmasters per capita of any city in the world?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation whose academics produce
    more scientific papers per capita than anywhere else in the world?

    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation
    with the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the country which, in proportion to
    its population, with the largest number of startup companies in the world?
    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the country with the highest
    percentage in the world of home computers per capita?

    Could that helpless Jew imagine that Israel is the nation with the
    largest immigrant-absorbing model on earth?
    Unfortunately, you will not find Israel ‘s goodness and superiority in the media (also Israeli),
    because it does not fit in with the stereotype of the colonialist Zionist occupier.
    In the world’s consciousness, the word ” Israel “ must be equated with fear.

    Israel just came out of another war against terrorists whose
    value is less than that of animals.
    Do you know of any animal species sheltering behind its own children?

    But the Jewish State, despite its media, its cynical politicians,
    establishment, once again showed the world it is the best humanity has to offer.

    This hope is impressed in the faces of Israel ‘s fallen soldiers, its
    wounded an injured soldiers. In those faces there is joy de vivre, not sadness or hatred.

    Terrorists and their Western appeasers want to destroy Israel because it is a light unto the nations.

    The only one in the world in which we live.

    • Robert Davis

      Israel is good at many many things except politics.”I do not know of any other country who has not been able to expell such an hostile arab minority”,hence ALL of its present political problems which will get worse if they do not expell them so antisemites stop thinking they can destroy Israel by replacing its jewiszh population with an arab one. Israeli politicians and Jews are not even able to utter the word ISRAEL S JORDANIANS instead of…”palestinians”! How can a nation solve this SMALL problem instead of letting it swell forever until it will be impossible to stop this cancer?

  • The “Bile, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement incites Jew-hatred. And this movement wants to replace Israel with another country that never existed before, and destabilize Jewish communities outside of Israel.

    • Robert Davis

      OK you can state the problem but why don’t you state the way to solve it? are you not able to think it ,over or are you afraid to say “those jordanians from Israel shoiuld be expelled”? are you afraid to have to pay a tax?

    • Elere

      That can never happen again.

  • neutralicen uno por uno a los incitadores antes de que sea tarde

    • Robert Davis

      Y como se hace esto? lo diga “expulsen los arabes”!

  • Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone

    BDS is the latest strain of politically incorrect Antisemitism.
    The vile utterances outside the Expo in Johanesburg confirm this.

  • Jack

    While one would hope that the centuries of institutional racism proffered by colonial powers would have taught Africans about the true value of hate.
    Apparently not.

    • Elere

      Many Africans quickly forget. Most especially the south Africa which the Jews stood and fought with during their trials. They now turned against their benefactor. How shameful. Elere from Nigeria