SA Jews welcome Shalit release

2011-10-18 15:15

Johannesburg - The Jewish community in South Africa is "overjoyed" at the news of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on Tuesday, the SA Zionist Federation and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said.

"After five years of incarceration by Hamas in Gaza... he has finally been reunited with his parents, his siblings," SA Zionist Federation chairperson Avrom Krengel and SAJBD chairperson Mary Kluk said in a statement.

"We pray that his integration back into his family and his society will be easy and smooth, and we extend our sincere thanks to the members of the Israeli government who worked tirelessly to secure his release."

Shalit was released on Tuesday in a prisoner swap between Israel and Palestine.

  • Willie - 2011-10-18 15:34

    SA Zionist Federation and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD).As SA you guys you should be showing and encouraging both sides instead you still don't see the people of Palistine.

      Willie - 2011-10-18 16:01

      @ Larry - Good point Larry they need to recognize Israel,that is the reality.We need to move on this problem cannot run forever.

      Yusuf - 2011-10-18 16:06

      since you dont know where it is and cant spell it either,i suggest you do your homework first

      africanwolf - 2011-10-18 16:12

      @ Yusuf I was sarcastic the one who can't spell it was Willie

  • Preshen - 2011-10-18 16:02

    This is some good Shalit

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-18 16:22

    S.A Jews should fight for the freedom & human rights of Palestinian people!! This should never be one sided affair. Most S.A jews should know very well what is lack of human rights and dignity. We welcomed them in our country as refugees from eastern europe. Today they have their full human rights here without discrimination. We all know Hamas are not terrorist group, but rather violent freedom fighters. To be honest who will not fight when forced to live in that giant prison Gaza? The 2million Israeli arabs ar subject to discrimination on daily basis in Israeli, forsure that has to end too so that we can finally see peace.

      africanwolf - 2011-10-18 16:34

      Mr Ndebele go and see for yourself, what good life Israeli Arabs have they own property and businesses, they do not serve in the army, but get all government privileges , like any other Israeli citizens. before commenting, do some homework please.

      Andrew - 2011-10-18 16:51

      Yes, we should always look at both sides to be fair. However, with the best will in the world it is difficult to be helpful towards the Palestinians as long as they refuse to recognise Israel as a sovereign state and continue to profess their intentions of driving the Jews into the sea. At present I am 100% for the Israelis but as soon as Palestine recognise Israel and dumps their wish to drive them into the sea, this will become only 50% towards Israel. Then, from a fifty percent attitude, I would take more of an interest in the area and depending on willingness on both sides, maybe even shift the figures either way.

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 17:04

      Hamas not a terrorist group? Have you just landed here from Mars? They are a murderous and cowardly band of terrorist murderers and Israel, despite their desire for peace, should not compromise the security of Israel- no matter what the socalled international community says. May the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob bless Israel and its people.

      Ax - 2011-10-18 17:18

      tell us dirk, the isrealis who murdered the iranian minister of research a few months ago in from of his wife and baby daughter right at the door of a kindergarten, what do you call that? fighting your enemy right. Same for all the foreign assassination performed by their secret services around the world. so why you dont apply the same thing to the other side. when you become a totally neutral observer, then your opinion will count. it is a complex situation, at least i try to see both side's argument

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 17:33

      @Andrew Isn't it in Israel's interests to talk to Hamas so that, as part of a final agreement, Hamas does recognise Israel's right to exist? Right now, Hamas's non-recognition of Israel is its starting position - in a negotiation, you don't give away your strongest cards before you start.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 18:06

      africanwolf - Mr Ndebele go and see for yourself, what good life Israeli Arabs have they own property and businesses, they do not serve in the army, but get all government privileges , like any other Israeli citizens. before commenting, do some homework pleas xxxxxxxxxxx Be wary of making that point; Slave owners in the US South would make the point that their slaves were better treated than their fellow Africans back home.

      Leon - 2011-10-18 18:49

      Everybody can sit back and talk how to solve the wars and problems in this world but it is not so easy Hopefully one day there will be peace

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 19:15

      Ax- Iran is a terrorist state and if you play with fire, you get burnt. Mossad has an obligation to ensure the security of Israel and should take all the necessary steps to make sure they fulfill that obligation. They are indeed the most effective secret service in the world. God bless Israel

  • colin.bompas - 2011-10-18 16:33

    I just think of the relief for Shalit on being finally released. Praise God for the start of better relationships

  • Andrew - 2011-10-18 16:42

    Watched this, early this morning on RT (Russia Today) which is, funnily enough, a good reporter of news. The RT journalist was a South African Jewish woman - a Russian immigrant who returned to Russia perhaps? I watch news from a dozen different countries to get a slant on what each government thinks of different world events. But then I was in sales and marketing.

      Allan - 2011-10-18 16:52

      Andrew, Paula Sleier is South African born in South Africa. If you listen to 702, she reports for them as well. Don't make statements without knowledge.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 17:41

      Peter Levelle and Max Kaiser are LEGENDS!

  • Dougal - 2011-10-18 16:43

    Exchange rate was about right - 1 Jew for 1,000 Palestinians

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 17:10

      The Israelis got a bargain. In terms of quality, one Israeli soldier equals about 4000 arab bandits

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-18 17:47

      Or the Palestinians drive a hard bargain. The Palestinians have time and numbers on their side, not forgetting the support of the intl community.

      Dirk - 2011-10-18 19:09

      Time and numbers have never been a problem. In the 6-day war, the Israelis were outnumbered 4000;1 and they literally chased the Egyptians out of their army boots

      Dmitri - 2011-10-18 19:16

      @Dirk, I totally agree with you. Here is an interesting site to visit:

  • Wilma - 2011-10-18 17:21

    He looks a bit malnourished to me :/ Compared to the Palestinians that wer released.

  • Brainbow - 2011-10-18 20:23

    Is there any reason why the South African model cannot work in Israel/Palestine (i.e. what if Mandela and de Klerk were there now)?

      Jaba - 2011-10-18 22:39

      one reason...religion of peace used and abused by Hamas to continue violence blood and war. the 72 virgin bluff & propaganda works well on the uneducated. If there was a Palestinian Mediba - peace could be given a chance. if you don't believe me go google Hamas charter - its calls for the death of all Jews - as long as the charter doesn't change - there is no chance for peace.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-19 11:52

      Somehow the Hamas Charter is cited continuously as proof of malign intentions, but the Likud Charter, which is the reciprocal equivalent without the racist bits, is trumpeted by the extreme pro-Israeli posters as insignificant. Mandela also belonged to an organisation that promised to kill "Boers" in the songs of its military wing. Hamas' charter is in much the same way as the Englishmen having nothing to fear from Americans singing the songs of their revolution calling for Englishmen everywhere to be put to death. (They do so , 4th July every year) There are no "doves" in Israel. They are all colonialist birds of a feather.

      Ask - 2012-05-11 09:47

      @Brainbow Gold - The SA model cannot work in Israel because you have Israeli Leaders that makes the following statements; "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister) quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121. @Jaba - I'm still waiting for you to disprove my quotes... the only thing you are good for is insulting the Muslims... and yet Palestine is not a Muslim issue but a human rights one... btw the 72 virgins you are referring to; are all zionists... No jobs in Israel... I hope you got a work permit in SA...

  • Sid - 2011-10-18 20:43

    I know many Jews who believe that Jews should not have their own Country as they were "chosen". The choice they undertook was to usher in the brotherhood of man by going into the World and living among all the inhabitants at the expense of having their own country. If they ever had their own country they would be forever at war. They also were "Instructed" not to intermarry and keep their race pure.

  • Steve - 2011-10-18 20:51

    There is more to Israel than meets the natural eye.

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