Judge Richard Goldstone has been asked not to attend his grandson's bar mitzvah after coming under pressure from pro-Israel extremists.
Jewish groups had planned to organize a protest outside the synagogue if Goldstone was in attendance, according to reports.
Reached in Washington, where he is now based, Goldstone was reluctant to comment, but did say that “In the interests of my grandson, I’ve decided not to attend the ceremony at the synagogue.”
Arthur Chaskalson, a retired chief justice of South Africa, said it was “disgraceful” to put pressure on a grandfather not to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah.
“If it is correct that this has the blessing of the leadership of the Jewish community in South Africa, it reflects on them rather than Judge Goldstone," Chaskalson said. "They should hang their heads in shame.” more