Goldstone: the Bar Mitzvah that won't go away...
Nothing's funnier than to watch Zios shoot themselves in the foot, of course. After relentlessly but fruitlessly trying to bury the Goldstone report in a mountain of mud directed at its chief author and namesake, it appears some South African Zionists have now succeeded in barring the man from the Bar Mitzvah of his own grandson! What next: excommunication?
Following negotiations between the South African Zionist Federation and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton, an affluent suburb of
Goldstone was the head of a United Nations-appointed commission that investigated last winter's
Some of the role-players were tight-lipped when contacted by JTA, with Avrom Krengel, chairman of the SAZF, saying: “We understand that there’s a bar mitzvah boy involved – we’re very sensitive to the issues and at this stage there’s nothing further to say.”
Jewish groups had planned to organize a protest outside of the synagogue if Goldstone was in attendance, according to reports.
Retired chief justice of South Africa Arthur Chaskalson said it was “disgraceful” to put pressure on a grandfather not to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah. “If it is correct that this has the blessing of the leadership of the Jewish community in
Hang their heads in shame? People that have supported 42 years of Occupation? People that clearly supported Cast Lead? Shame?