|Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein at a Nelson Mandela Memorial Ceremony.|
Despite vicious anti-Semitic rhetoric going on, he attended. Mandela was very anti-Semitic. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. In September 1998, Mandela was appointed Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement, who held their annual conference in Durban. He used the event to criticise the "narrow, chauvinistic interests" of the Israeli government in stalling negotiations to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Notice, he put all the blame on Israel and not the Palestinians ruled by Arafat who would not make peace under any conditions offered. Mandela faced criticism from the West for his government's trade links to Syria, Cuba, and Libya, and for his personal friendships with Fidel Castro and Muammar Gaddafi. Now we see why he was against Israel and for the Arabs.
A Reform movement, started in 1933, has 14 affiliated congregations. there is a wide network of Jewish education, with 69 nursery schools, 10 primary schools, and 8 high schools.
|Stanley and Helen Goldfoot of Jerusalem|
Family was from Telsiai, Lithuania, then Dublin, Ireland
|In younger days, Stanley with 1st wife, Rebecca "Rollo" and 2 daughters,|
born in Capetown, SA.
At the age of 18, he heard a speech about the Zionist vision by Ze'ev Jabotinsky, which
appealed very strongly to him. It was all he needed to hear before packing
a bag, leaving a shocked family and heading for Palestine. He joined a
HaShomer HaTzair kibbutz, picking eggplants in the fields, and making floor
tiles, "balatot". There, he became the Chief of Intelligence for the famous Stern Group (Lehi) which was very active in the days before May 14, 1948 when Israel was born again.
"Israel maintained deepening military and diplomatic ties with South Africa between 1967 and 1990. There is also a modest but growing community of South African Jews living in Israel."
A large immigration of Jews came to South Africa after World War I, when the Lithuanians came in. Restrictions were put on them during the 1930s which limited the immigration, in which many did come that were German Jews, naturally. The 30s was the time of terrible anti-Semitism in Germany. After 1939, when Germany closed the door to German Jews emigration, the Jewish immigration was negligible, although it has increased again starting in the 1980s.
|Abba Eban b: 1915 Cape Town, South Africa-d: 2002 Tel Aviv, Israel, Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages.|
He also served in the British Army in Egypt and Mandate Palestine
Any emigration early on from South African Jews had gone to Israel, but now more people have emigrated to other English-speaking countries. "South African Jewry differ significantly from those in other developing countries in that the majority of South African Jews still remain in South Africa (62% of the original 120,000 still remain), and that a significant number of those that did move abroad went to countries popular among other South African émigrés such as Australia,] the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
|Standing against anti-Semitism in South Africa|
|Capetown, South Africa|
Resource: Book: Jewish Ireland, a social history, by Ray Rivlin. (I might add that he is a relative, no doubt, of today's President Rivlin of Israel.)p. 32.
The New Standard Jewish encyclopedia, page 19.