By Dan Judelson
April 17, 2010
Updates on the SAZF banning Richard Goldstone from attending his grandson's Bar Mitzvah:
Open Shuhada Street (A South African Jewish group fighting the closure of Hebron and supporting anti-occupation groups) shows how the SAZF are squirming desperately in an attempt to clear their name: http://openshuhadastreet.org/node/150
The SA Globe & Mail reports that Richard Goldstone has been “cleared” to attend – by the SAZF: http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-04-16-goldstone-cleared-for-grandsons-b.... The semantics are interesting. How can you clear anyone in this way? The SAZF has no right to intervene and if they didn't ban him in the first place, how can they subsequently "clear" him?
Avram “Mr Sensitive” Krengel, chair of the SAZF has admitted there was discussion – but of course cannot explain with any decency why the SAZF thought it had the right to enter into discussions about the Bar Mitzvah arrangements in the first place.