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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

King of the Zulu Nation

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the reigning monarch of the Zulu Nation in South Africa, recognized as a "traditional leader" under the country's post-apartheid constitution. The formal custodian of Zulu customs and traditions, King Goodwill has combined the revival of traditional Zulu culture with modern programs in health and education, in a bid to combat to spread of the deadly AIDS virus. Among those actions was a decree mandating circumcision for boys, an operation the World Health Organization says reduces the risk of AIDS by 60 percent. King Goodwill has praised South African Jews for building two state-of-the-art AIDS clinics in his kingdom. A fervent advocate of cooperation with Israel, King Goodwill this year stated his belief that Israel's revolutionary water technology can "make our dams our source of life." (Photo: JN / JDP / Reuters.)


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