No incidents as Goldstone attends grandson’s bar mitzvah


(JTA) — Richard Goldstone attended his grandson’s bar mitzvah without protests.

Members of the congregation stood at the road leading to the Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Shul in Sandton, South Africa, to make sure that only family and their guests entered for Saturday’s service, the South Africa Times reported.

Goldstone, the author of a United Nations report on the 2009 Gaza war that many deemed unfair to Israel, originally had planned to skip the bar mitzvah after the South African Zionist Federation threatened to protest the former South African judge outside the synagogue.

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies brokered a deal last month between Goldstone and community organizations angry with him over his report in which the Jewish groups agreed not to protest during the bar mitzvah celebrations and Goldstone agreed to meet with the leadership of South African Jewish communal organizations

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