Tag Archives: South Africa

This Is Where My Parents Come From

6 May

When I tell people my family comes from South Africa, I get a mixed reaction. Some people look at me perplexed and ask if I’m adopted / why I’m white. Those people also have the same level of intelligence as a brick wall, if not less.

Others ask me why my parents left the country, seeing as it is a beautiful place. I don’t think many realise how unsafe it is to live in SA. The integration of poverty and prosperity has created a great divide, leaving many desperate in an almost lawless environment.

Those with money seclude themselves within houses surrounded by high security fences. Walking down the road in broad daylight is now akin to risking one’s life. A thief will cut off a person’s wrist to steal their watch. SA also has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. And lest we forget that apartheid was only lifted 16 years ago. Continue reading

An Unjustly Affair

26 Apr

I’ve written before on the danger of living in extremities. What sickens me is when these beliefs infringe on the individual rights of a person.

South African judge Richard Goldstone wrote a UN report that was highly critical of both Israelis and Palestinians, accusing them both of war crimes.

Because he did not speak too highly of Israel, there has since been outrage from the Jewish community in South Africa, going so far as to attempt to ban him from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

This is crossing the line. How dare a community deny one of its members access to a private event because they are critical of certain government actions. That’s like Stephen Harper denying a Canadian the right to attend a family event because he was an active voice against the Afghan abuse scandal. Disgusting.

Thankfully, Goldstone is planning to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah and South African groups have negotiated with the judge and have promised not to protest. Last week he was told he would be physically prevented from entering the synagogue, to which he said: “Imagine the effects of such protests on my 13-year-old grandson and his family.”

This whole situation leaves a sour taste in my mouth, and makes me ashamed to be both a Jew and South African. There needs to be a less juvenile approach to the acquisition of peace, because the blaming game isn’t getting us anywhere. Then again, I have little faith that there will ever be anything close to peace in the middle east

Romi Watches Some Movies

5 Jan

A month away from academic realities has given me plenty of time to get my cinema on. Fortunately, I’ve enjoyed every movie I’ve seen in the past couple weeks. I thought, for your benefit, I would review said movies briefly.

Precious

Director: Lee Daniels         Starring: Gabourey Sidibe Continue reading

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