King David: Broomberg's actions blown out of proportion
Rabbi Craig Kacev says there is no censorship at King David and pupils are free to express their views.
JOHANNESBURG - King David Victory Park says the actions and comments of its deputy head boy, Joshua Broomberg, have been blown out of proportion.
Broomberg was tagged in a Facebook post in which he was photographed with his debating team colleagues wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf and flag.
This sparked massive controversy and led to an online petition calling for him to be stripped of his school honours.
These demands have been slammed as "despicable" and "disgraceful" by former government minister Ronnie Kasrils, while others have urged people to "play the ball not the man".
Speaking on behalf of the school Rabbi Craig Kacev says there is no censorship and pupils are free to express their views.
"As the school,our intention is to interact and we've been interacting with the family and the boy."
Broomberg, who is also the captain of the South African National Debating Team, has meanwhile defended his views, saying one can support Israel while criticising its actions.
In his reply, Broomberg said he is capable of loving Israel while criticising the Jewish state.
Protests have now been held in South Africa by both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine groups while just this weekend, 500 Jews signed a petition calling for peace in the Middle East.
Earlier, King David Victory Park School said it would not suspend its deputy head boy and said it will rise above the social media storm which has broken out.
The school said it won't take away anyone's right to freedom of expression, adding it won't be pressured into taking action against Broomberg.
Click here to read the petition.
Meanwhile, another petition has since emerged in support of Broomberg.
The petition says silencing young people is not in the spirit of the Jewish community.
It has been signed by former head boys and head girls of the King David School from between 2006 and last year.
Click here to read the petition in support of Broomberg.