Politicsweb - DOCUMENTS - We need skilled South Africans to return - Jacob ZumaLadies and Gentlemen,
The history of the Jewish people across the world is one of achievement and resilience.
It is a story of a people who have refused to succumb to discrimination and persecution.
Like many people who have suffered because of prejudice, the fortitude of the Jewish people has been forged in the hardest of times, and has been at the heart of efforts to build successful communities.
In South Africa, the Jewish community has played a significant part in building our country in various fields.
These include business, labour, science, literature, culture, community work and politics.
We all know that many within the Jewish community have played a prominent role in the struggle for democracy and freedom in our country.
Though part of the privileged white minority, many Jewish people dedicated their lives to the advancement of the rights of the oppressed majority.
Living up to expectations in Palestine after a huge exodus from Johannesburg late 1980's and early 1990's.