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Goldstone Bows Out From Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

Pressure from S. African community will keep the judge from joining the hora

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Goldstone at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva last September.(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Let’s face it, if we were to ban everyone from bar mitzvahs who might cause a scene, there’d be a lot of disinvited wacky uncles, racist grandmas, and sexually precocious classmates. But what if your relative is the unofficial poster child for Zionist betrayal, and it’s not he who threatens the peace of the ceremony but protesters prepared to storm the synagogue? Richard Goldstone’s family faced just such a dilemma. According to numerous sources, the judge and author of the U.N. report accusing Israel of war crimes has been convinced by pressure from the South African Zionist Federation not to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah in Johannesburg next month.

While excommunication has traditionally been reserved for the intermarried offspring of the ultra-Orthodox or Baruch Spinoza, apparently in this touchy age of political celebrities, a controversial figure’s notoriety is enough to keep him from the kiddush table. In a practically WASP-ish sentiment, the head of the South African Beth Din (Jewish ritual court) calls the decision—ostensibly Goldstone’s own—”quite a sensible thing to avert all this unpleasantness.” In our experience, that’s just not how Jews roll.

Breaking News: Judge Richard Goldstone Banned From Attending His Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah [Writing Rights]

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Marcia Almey says:

I think it’s shocking that Judge Goldstone could not attend his own grandson’s BM. Judaism is a religion and way of life that, at best, values intelligent thought and differences of opinion. For him to be more or less barred from a family function is a betrayal of our Jewish heritage.

Honest Broker says:

But there are thousands of Zealots among us who thing it is justifiable and a response to an ‘evildoer’. Just watch the Jewish “teaparty” come out of the woodwork on this.

Alexander Diamond says:

Goldstone is a traitor to Jews, Judaism, and Israel. He had an opportunity for fairness and honesty and instead chose to scapegoat his people. Being barred from a family function is getting off easy. If anyone betrayed our Jewish heritage it is Goldstone himself.

Shalom Freedman says:

Consider the shame and embarassment Goldstone has already caused members of his family. Consider too the slander against those young Israelis who were risking their lives to protect Israel.
The real question about Goldstone is not about his attending this Bar- Mitzvah or another, but rather how can he look in the mirror again without seeing the face of a slanderer of his own people.

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