This article offers a well-informed account of the role of anti-apartheid Jews under the old order. However while Jews were indeed disproportionately represented in anti-apartheid ranks, the article misses the fact that so many other Jews were in fact racist or patronising towards blacks and that the SA government and Israel cooperated closely with each other during the 1970s and 1980s, without Jewish dissent. Much Jewish opposition to the ruling 'Nats' was rooted in memories of Afrikaner nationalist anti-semitism in the 1930s and early 1940s and in a contempt, shared with other English-speaking whites, for 'backward' Afrikaners. Mainstream Jewish institutions avoided public commentary on apartheid.
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from the article: Once prominent in South African politics, Jews take a back seat