Thursday, April 15, 2010

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?


CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) -- South African judge Richard Goldstone is being barred from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

Following negotiations between the South African Zionist Federation and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton, an affluent suburb of Johannesburg where the event is due to take place, an agreement has been reached with the family. As a result, Goldstone will not be attending the synagogue service, scheduled for early next month.

Goldstone was the head of a United Nations-appointed commission that investigated last winter's Gaza war. The commission's final report accused Israel and Hamas of war crimes and said there may be evidence of crimes against humanity.

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.

Reached in Washington where he is currently based, Goldstone was reluctant to comment save to say: “In the interests of my grandson, I’ve decided not to attend the ceremony at the synagogue.”

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 South Africa, it reflects on them rather than Judge Goldstone. They should hang their heads in shame.”

Hang their heads in shame? People that have supported 42 years of Occupation? People that clearly supported Cast Lead? Shame?


At 6:11 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

If the Bar Mitzvah would be relocated outside of South Africa he'd be able to attend. I think Israelis should offer the Goldstone family a new venue - preferably in Sderot or around that area.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Gert said...

You sound pissed off, Emm. This really is one of the more childish comments I've received of late.


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