antisemitism,  South Africa


Aussie Dave writes at Israellycool:

Last week, three Jewish teenagers wearing kippot (skullcaps) were physically assaulted and verbally abused at the Zone, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies responded with this statement:

The SA Jewish community hopes that this incident was an isolated one. Unlike many other parts of the world, Jews in South Africa have always been able to freely identify as such in public spaces without fear of being victimised. We are determined to do everything that we can, to ensure that this continues.We therefore call on South Africans, Jewish or not, to attend a film-screening at a cinema of your choice this Saturday night 28 March, wearing a Kippa or hat.

As proud South African citizens our freedom of movement, religion and association are guaranteed by our Constitution. #KippasAgainstHate.

You can see some of the response here and below:

I’m reminded of the title of one of my favorite short stories, by Raymond Carver: “A Small, Good Thing.”