While Krengel said the SAZF had interacted on the matter with the chief rabbi and others, his organisation was andldquo;coming across most forcefully because we represent Israel andrdquo;.
David Saks, associate director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies told Al Jazeera that this was a SAZF issue and they were not prepared to make any statement.
"The SAZF is not only ignorant of the Goldstone report but they have violated his rights to belief, family life and dignity."
According to Open Shuhada Street, in response to its call to boycott the settlement-made products of Ahava, the SAZF launched a "vicious personal attack on us".
Instead of recognising this undisputed fact, the SAZF has called for people to increase their purchases of Ahava.
Open Shuhada Street has therefore accused the SAZF of being devoted to increasing the profitability of the occupation and of defending the use of Occupied Territory "in violation of international law and to entrenching and sustaining Israeli settlements which stand in the way of peace".
In 2005 our research unit within the Media Review Network [MRN] had verified that the SAZF has been actively promoting the emigration of South African Jews to a settlement called Modi'in in the West Bank.
Telfed [the SAZF branch based in Raanana, Israel] together with the SAZF have been spearheading the marketing of Modi'in and not surprising too that developers have tried to create a community of SA Jews by offering apartments and homes at discounted prices.
A challenging question by Anna Weekes posed at the time we revealed details of SAZF's complicity in Modi'in's settlement activity remains as valid today: "Haven't fellow South Africans learnt from our history of apartheid and land grabs that it is neither right nor sustainable to settle on the newly confiscated land of an indigenous people?"