The SAZF looks after matters relating to Israel and its image in South Africa. As advocates for Israel in this country, our mission is to build strong support and love for the Land and State of Israel. This support remains powerful among the SA Jewish community and millions outside the community. We work pro-actively to reduce the amount of anti-Israel sentiment in South African political, religious, and cultural communities through education, advocacy, and lobbying.
The formation of the South African Zionist Federation precedes the establishment of the State of Israel, itself.
Founded in 1898, the SAZF enabled South Africa’s Jewish community to assemble over its shared love for the piece of land that is no bigger than our famed Kruger National Park.
More than a century later, however, South Africa has become regarded as “Ground Zero” for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) that was modelled on the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. As such, the image of Israel in the media, political sphere, and society has often been misconstrued and vilified.
Yet, the global campaign against Israel – particularly in South Africa – has emboldened the SAZF to remain even more committed to defending Israel and preserving her relationship with the people of Africa.