Cape Town: ‘Conscientious objectors’ visit may spur anti-Semitism’
Jews in Cape Town expressed deep concern Tuesday that a visit to their city by three representatives of the Shministim, conscientious objectors to IDF service, could fuel anti-Israel sentiment and even anti-Semitism.
A poster advertising the Shministim’s appearance in Cape Town.
Sponsored by South Africa’s End Conscription Campaign (ECC) and the Open Shuhada Street (OSS), a non-profit organization campaigning to open a Hebron street, Yuval Ophir-Auron, 20, Omer Goldman, 20 and Sahar Vardi, 19 arrived in the country on October 2.
Among their scheduled appearances are interviews on television and radio shows, as well as numerous presentations at local schools and universities.
“They are speaking out to the greater South African population, that does not really know or understand the complex issues of the conflict in Israel,” commented National Vice Chairman of the South African Zionist Federation David Hirsch.
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