JERUSALEM (JTA) — Richard Goldstone was removed from the board of governors of an Israeli university.
Hebrew University confirmed to the Jerusalem Post on June 3 that Goldstone, the ex-South African judge who authored the United Nations-commissioned Goldstone report, was removed recently from the honorary position.
The school made the decision, a university spokesman said, because Goldstone had not been active on the board in more than 10 years. The spokesman also pointed out that Goldstone was not the only governor to be removed and that other inactive members had been rotated off the board.
A Jerusalem lawyer, David Schonberg, filed the request to remove Goldstone several months ago, the Jewish Chronicle reported. His request was based on Goldstone’s authoring of the report that accused Israel of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in the Gaza war in the winter of 2008-09.
Told by the Chronicle that he had been removed from the board of governors, Goldstone said he was unaware of the action.