Moira Schneider and Uriel Heilman (JTA)


South African Election Raises Questions for Nation's Jews

By Moira Schneider and Uriel Heilman (JTA)

When it became clear that the African National Congress had coasted to another victory in South African elections last month, Jewish community officials reacted differently than some of the community’s rank-and-file. Michael Bagraim, the president of the Jewish community’s umbrella organization, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, told JTA that his group’s relationship with the president-elect, Jacob Zuma, had “always been good.” He also noted that South African Jews voted for “every single political party.” But with more than 80 percent of the country’s Jews supporting the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, many community members highlighted the ANC’s problematic record on Israel.Read More



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