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“Flurry” of antisemitic incidents in South Africa cause concern among communal leaders

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies has expressed its concern after a “flurry” of antisemitic incidents in the past days.

In one incident, a group of passengers waiting for their luggage from an El Al flight were called “wicked Jews” by a passer by who said “You people are wicked. Jews are wicked people, very wicked people”.

A mural with the German flag centred around a Swastika also appeared in Johannesburg.

SAJBD Chairman Shaun Zagnoev has also commented on a series of particularly virulent instances of online antisemitic abuse, saying: “The posts show how easily radical anti-Israel sentiment can spill over into hateful slurs and threats against Jewish people in general. We are being told that we are ‘scum’, ‘rats’, ‘bastards’, ‘pigs’, ‘swine’ and ‘fat-nosed f***ks. We are further being warned that “our time is coming” and that “the Holocaust will be a picnic after we are done with you””.

Zagnoev believes that the incidents are linked to a flare-up of tensions in South Africa surrounding Israel, after popular DJ Black Coffee was attacked by BDS for performing in Israel, leading supermodel Shashi Naidoo  to retaliate against BDS by branding Gaza a “sh*thole”, for which she received death threats before apologising.


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Leader of left-leaning South African Party makes light of the Holocaust in disgusting tweet, calls Jewish people “evil”

Andile Mngxitama, the leader of the South African “Black First Land First” Party, a revolutionary Socialist and pan-African group, has drawn criticism for a disgusting tweet in which he makes light of the Holocaust.

In the tweet he says “for those claiming the legacy of the holocaust is ONLY negative think about the lampshades and Jewish soap”, referencing the fact that household products were manufactured from the remains of the murdered Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Wendy Kahn, the Director of the South African Board of Jewish Deputies, released a statement criticising the tweet:

“With this ugly‚ jeering remark‚ Mngxitama has portrayed not just the deliberate murder of Jewish people but even the supposed reduction of their remains to everyday objects as something to be treated as a joke. “It is deeply distressing that anyone could so casually and publicly dehumanise an entire people in this way. How much more outrageous it is when emanating from a public figure who heads up a political voice.”

Dishearteningly, Mngxitama didn’t even bother to apologise for the tweet, instead stating that he was successful in his aim to expose the systematic anti-blackness of the white community, including the Jewish people. They don’t care for the oppression of black people and so they are deeply unethical and evil”.

What, if anything, such a tweet does to expose any racism other than Mngxitama’s own virulent antisemitism escapes us. Describing Jews collectively as “deeply unethical and evil” is so obviously antisemitic that it needs no further explanation. However, beyond this, the fact that he describes Jews as “white” is also distasteful. Whilst some Ashkenazim consider themselves white, to flat out describe Jews as white erases hundreds of years of Jewish suffering at the hands of white Europeans. What is perhaps even more inflammatory is the attempt to exploit the memory of the Holocaust in order to defame Jews as not caring about other forms of oppression. It appears that this left wing figure advocating for racial justice doesn’t believe that this racial justice should extend to Jews.


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Jewish school’s Holocaust play interrupted by shouts of “Heil Hitler” from audience

Children from the King David Victory Park School, Johannesburg, South Africa, had their performance of a play about the Holocaust interrupt by chants of “Heil Hitler” from students from another school.

Middle School students from the School were performing a one act version of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a story about a Jewish boy who died in a concentration camp, at a festival at Waterstone College.

One student told a local news source that “they were chanting ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler.’ I was shocked and disgusted. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing”.

Not only did they interrupt the performance to shout this, but reportedly they did so as the scene depicting the child being led to the gas chamber was occurring. They also chanted “Bruno Bruno”, the name of the son of the concentration camp commandant.

The students apparently shouted other antisemitic abuse at the Jewish students as they packed up early to leave the festival. The main culprits are thought to be from Edenvale High School. King David School’s head of drama Renos Spanoudes has also claimed that a member of staff from Edenvale has played down the seriousness of the incident, but apparently some students from the school have expressed their shock at their peers’ behaviour.

Wendy Kahn,from the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, says that her organisation is seeking an audience with Edenvale to discuss the incident, commenting:

“From time to time antisemitic incidents of this nature occur during interschool events, both in the cultural and sporting arenas…We have in the past been involved in addressing these incidents. We do not believe that this is an indication of an upsurge in antisemitism”

The headmaster of Edenvale High School has refused to comment.

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Vandals spray Johannesburg wall with pro-Hezbollah message

Vandals sprayed “Hezbollah” in Arabic and “Death to Israel” in English on a wall in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the Zook lake.

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Driver in Johannesburg shouts “F***ing Jews” and swerves towards Jewish men

As six Jewish men walked home in Johannesburg, South Africa, a passing driver made offensive hand gestures shouted “F***ing Jews”. The vehicle returned a few minutes later and swerved, as though to knock the Jewish men over.

Source: CFCA

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South African singer songwriter exposed as prolific antisemite

Singer songwriter Loyiso Matana Ka-Zikhali, from Durban South Africa, has been exposed as a prolific antisemite by Spotlighting SA. According to the organisation, the musician, whose real name is Loyiso Fareed Matana, has been discovered posting a stream of antisemitic abuse on Facebook, including:

  • “Indeed Zionist Jews are a cancer to the world”.
  • “A law written by kike Jews judges) in South Africa supreme law”.
  • “Cost of living in Western Cape is very expensive the Jews own it”.
  • “Zionist Jews have mastered this art of (blackmagic)“.
  • “The native the agenda of the Jew is to control the currency and economy”.
  • “The agenda of Jews is ‘world domination’”.
  • “Jews had to make a plan for Jesus to vanish”.

Source: Spotlighting SA

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South African education employee caught making antisemitic Facebook posts

According to Spotlighting South Africa, a government education employee from Pietermaritzburg is a prolific antisemite. A report by Spotlighting claimed that Cassim Mahomed Jasat has commented on other people’s Facebook posts saying: “Lies lies lies. U Jews are full of it. They one lot of herpes filled motherf***ers.”

Another comment, directed at a Jewish Facebook user allegedly said: “F*** u David. Necklacing is back. U no match for it.” Necklacing is a form of execution and torture which involves forcing a rubber tire filled with petrol around a victim’s chest and arms, and setting it alight. The victim can take up to twenty minutes to die, in excruciating pain. The practice is believed to have originated in South Africa.

A third comment attributed to Jasat threatened another Facebook user: “One night in a gas chamber for u.”

Source: Spotlighting, Wikipedia

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South African lawyer calls for extermination of “all the ‘Jews’ everywhere who support Israel”

A South African lawyer has reportedly called for Jews to be exterminated in hate-filled, genocidal anti-Jewish social media posts.

Jansen is reported to have posted remarks including, “Bloody Israelis should be exterminated along with all the ‘Jews’ everywhere who support Israel by action or silence,” and, “I have a new hobby – Zio [Zionist] hunting. They are easy to track on the internet.”

Jansen’s alleged statements are in violation of South Africa’s Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

Source: Spotlighting

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South African antisemitic conspiracy theorist ordered to cease and desist

The Equality Court in Durban, South Africa has ordered Snowy Smith, a vehement antisemite to apologise and stop sending antisemitic e-mails. Magistrate Aletta Moolman issued an injunction requiring Smith to cease and desist at the request of the South African Jewish community. In issuing the injunction, Moolman remarked: “The e-mails distributed by Smith impinge adversely on the dignity of the Jewish people and constitute hate speech against people of the Jewish faith or belief and ethnic origin.”

Smith’s e-mails were deranged, and obsessed about a “New World Order” conspiracy led by world Jewry. Excerpts from the e-mails included:

  • “The enemy is Zionist Jew, freemasons, communism, fascist, military dictatorship new world order. Most Zionist Jews are freemasons.”
  • “The Zionist Jew NWO (new world order) orchestrated and systematically planned the downfall of every White Owned, White Run Country in Africa, including South Africa using communism.”
  • “The Zionist Jew NWO orchestrated and systematically planned the last World War and almost every war and or major revolution in history.”
  • “There is only one group of terrorists in the world today and they are Zionist Chabad Freemasons, Illuminati Jews and the Billionaire Wall Street Bankers. We know exactly where they are.”

Source: South African Jewish Report