As I Sit at My Desk in the Early Morning, I Can Hear the Muezzin from the Salt River Mosque Calling the Faithful to Prayer. It's a Reminder That I Am Privileged to Live in a City of Great Diversity. Muslims, Christians, Jews, All Going about Their Business, without Dragging Middle Eastern Politics into Their Daily Lives

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As I Sit at My Desk in the Early Morning, I Can Hear the Muezzin from the Salt River Mosque Calling the Faithful to Prayer. It's a Reminder That I Am Privileged to Live in a City of Great Diversity. Muslims, Christians, Jews, All Going about Their Business, without Dragging Middle Eastern Politics into Their Daily Lives


As I sit at my desk in the early morning, I can hear the muezzin from the Salt River Mosque calling the faithful to prayer. It's a reminder that I am privileged to live in a city of great diversity. Muslims, Christians, Jews, all going about their business, without dragging Middle Eastern politics into their daily lives.

I am neither Muslim nor Jewish, but I fully understand the concern that Muslims have for the plight of the Palestinian people, and I likewise understand the fears that Jewish people have for the security of Israel.

In the homes of my Muslim friends I see a wall-hanging, embroidered with the words "Remember our brothers and sisters who suffer in Palestine". In the homes of my Jewish friends, the threats facing Israel are routinely discussed.

But these things stay at home. When we step into the street in the morning, we are all Capetonians.

I am therefore appalled at a recent speech by ANC provincial chairman Marius Fransman, wherein he makes the point that the Western Cape government has close ties with Israel (does it?) and therefore the ANC must forge closer ties with the Muslim community. …

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