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Jewish bodies meet Davies

2012-05-24 17:11

Johannesburg - The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the SA Zionist Federation (SAZF) met Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Thursday about a government move to re-label Palestinian products.

This was after both groups said Davies had repeatedly declined to meet with them, and had met only with lobby groups with a pronounced anti-Israel political agenda.

At the meeting, Davies was asked to reconsider a notice in the Government Gazette announcing steps which could result in products manufactured in the occupied Palestinian territories, and sold in South Africa, labelled to indicate their place of origin.

"... [T]he minister was requested to reconsider the notice issued... and urged that, instead, he deal with the matter on a bilateral diplomatic basis with Israel," the SAJBD and the SAZF said in a joint statement.

"The minister refused on both counts."

The groups said they would challenge "this flawed, tainted and politically biased" process.

"The effect of the action taken by minister Davies is to portray South Africa as endorsing and furthering the aims of the anti-Israel boycott campaign..."

At the meeting, the groups also spoke of Davies' failure to meet with Jewish community representatives.

Comments
  • Adele - 2012-05-25 23:22

    Antisemitism was a word coined by Wilhelm Marr in about 1879, no doubt amongst other things, to "sanitize" the term Jew-hater. It is regrettable that even we, Jews, have accepted and continue to use this objectionable term. Dr Robert Davies, our esteemed Minister of Trade and Industry, has, since last year, treated us Jews in a most impolite manner, by refusing to meet with their various organizations, then in his infinite kindness and mercy, he finally agreed to meet them. The meeting appears to have been handled badly, mainly owing to the herd-like , narrow-minded and biased attitude of Dr Davies. Since I consider anti-Zionism and Antisemitism as being the same thing, maybe the correct word Jew-hater should be used in the context of the refusal to meet the Jewish organizations and then in his refusal to approach the government of Israel and then, of course, there were the cancellations of visits to Israel from which the mayors of certain cities could have benefitted greatly. Maybe Dr Davies needs to be reminded that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. I know this comment will make no difference to the idiotic policies of this equally moronic government, but at least I've had my say Adele Michalowsky - a secular and very proud South African Jew

  • jaba.kov - 2012-05-28 08:19

    I trust that these ministers (Dr Davies) have disposed of their mobile phone. I certainly hope that they have refused to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio. their wives should avoid lipstick at all costs. If they are sent for an MRI or CAT scan, they... absolutely must decline. Since well over half of the chemotherapy protocols in use today were developed in Israel, try to avoid being diagnosed with cancer (or, if they are, make do with something less than state of the art chemotherapy). Of course, they will have to decline a pacemaker, should the need arise. also they should forget about; myriad, DELL, Google, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Apple even the equation of E=mc^2. BTW two sticks and a crayon is your best replacement to Intel, while two tin cans with a string between them is your best replacement to cellphones.

  • jaba.kov - 2012-05-28 08:19

    I trust that these ministers (Dr Davies) have disposed of their mobile phone. I certainly hope that they have refused to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio. their wives should avoid lipstick at all costs. If they are sent for an MRI or CAT scan, they... absolutely must decline. Since well over half of the chemotherapy protocols in use today were developed in Israel, try to avoid being diagnosed with cancer (or, if they are, make do with something less than state of the art chemotherapy). Of course, they will have to decline a pacemaker, should the need arise. also they should forget about; myriad, DELL, Google, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Apple even the equation of E=mc^2. BTW two sticks and a crayon is your best replacement to Intel, while two tin cans with a string between them is your best replacement to cellphones.

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