Judge Richard Goldstone, the author of a United Nations report accusing Israel of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, has been reportedly barred from his own grandson’s bar mitzvah in South Africa.
The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton allegedly reached an agreement with the Goldstone family to bar the judge from the synagogue service in Johannesburg next month. SAZF chairman Avrom Krenge is quoted as saying “[w]e understand there’s a bar mitzvah boy involved – we’re very sensitive to the issues; at this stage there?s nothing further to say.” He added the group was “coming across most forcefully because we represent Israel.”
The head of South Africa’s Beth Din – or Jewish religious court – told a blog that they were simply trying to prevent potential “unpleasantness.” Rosh Beth Din Rabbi Moshe Kurtstag said “I know that there was a very strong feeling in the shul, a lot of anger. I heard also that the SAZF wanted to organize a protest outside the shul – [there were] all kinds of plans. But I think reason prevailed.” Really? It would seen intolerance and extremism prevailed. Goldstone, who is Jewish, decide to follow what he believed was the principled path — regardless of its directions. He is being punished for finding crimes committed by Israel — despite the admissions of that country recently of acts that would constitute violations of international law.
It is an astonishing message to send to his boy on his bar mitzvah that any moral lessons in the Bible are trumped by the need to remain blindly loyal. It also teaches that a man who acts on principle (regardless of whether you happen to agree with his conclusion or not) should be punished for following those principles and barred from a religious service.
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7 thoughts on “Goldstone Reporteldy Barred From Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah Due To U.N. Report”
That certainly is terrible!
Anyone heard of THIS angle on Goldstone and his report?
“U.S. House backs resolution to condemn Goldstone Gaza report”
The vote was 344-36.
I’d suggest we’ve found zealots and the zealots are US.
Normally by this point Israel et al would be calling Judge Goldstone an anti semite to discredit his findings. I guess there is still time…
War crimes also cause me “unpleasantness.” Can we get The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) and the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Sandton to take up my cause?
Family Feud…. Episode III, how to insult the family all at once….Is this North of the Mason-Dixon Line?
Intolerance seems to be the single common thread running through all religions. One wonders why the human race continues to abide such lunacy.
“Smell that, son? That’s the smell of zealots in the morning. Smells like . . . moldy cat food.” – Apocalypse Now!, draft 2
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