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Jewish world mourns Nelson Mandela

December 6th 2013
The JC

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have joined world leaders in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.

Mr Peres said: "The world has lost a great leader who changed the face of history. Nelson Mandela was a human rights fighter who made his mark on the war against discrimination and racism."

Mr Netanyahu said that Mr Mandela "was one of the outstanding figures of our time. He was the father of his nation, a man of vision, a fighter for freedom who avoided violence".

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, said: "Having visited South Africa both before and many times after the fall of apartheid the transformation is remarkable.

"Nelson Mandela is mainly responsible for the absence of bitterness and the genuine friendship which has grown up between former enemies. His is an inspiring example."  Read more