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    • Harry
    • 20.01.13 | 19:24 (IST)

    As a 5th-generation Aussie Jew who married an ex-pat South African Jew, let me go on record as saying that Dan Goldberg's article is spot on. Whilst playing an important role in the Aussie Jewish community, many former South Africans have also discovered that their attitudes and mannerisms have not been welcomed by other local Jews. IFor all my sins, in the past I was one of those individuals who would make comments about former South Africans. I objected to their manner of speech - their use of phrases that grate on the Aussie ear (Just now, Lekker, Bru, China, Ya, etc.) - as well as their mannerisms (eg going into a store and saying "Give me X"). It was unfair of me to have shown any prejudice to ex-SA's on this basis and I am glad (and lucky!) to have moved on from my prejudices and to have married a former SA. However, I stand as living proof of the attitudes of some Aussie Jews towards SA immigrants, so Mr Goldberg is not far from the truth when he says that there is an undercurrent of antipathy...

    from the article: South African Jewish immigrants still struggling to be accepted in Australia
    First published 03:43 18.01.13 | Last updated 03:43 18.01.13
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