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King David accepts Broomberg's apology

Rabbi Craig Kacev says Broomberg has apologised for any unintended hurt caused by the photograph.

King David Victory Park has accepted an apology from deputy head boy Joshua Broomberg and considers the controversy around him resolved. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Board of Jewish Education says King David Victory Park has accepted an apology from deputy head boy Joshua Broomberg and considers the controversy around him resolved.

Broomberg was tagged in a Facebook post in which he was photographed with his debating team colleagues wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf and badge.

This sparked massive controversy and led to an online petition calling for him to be stripped of his school honours.

In a statement released by Broomberg, he said he is capable of loving Israel while criticising the Jewish state.

Counter petitions were also launched to support the deputy head boy while calls for him to be punished were slammed as "despicable".

The board's director Rabbi Craig Kacev says Broomberg has apologised for any unintended hurt caused by the photograph and has explained his views.

"No further action will take place as the matter is closed."

Kacev says they accepted the apology and consider the matter closed even if the decision doesn't please everyone.

"We certainly do call upon the broader community to be understanding and for allowing the matter to be resolved."

Broomberg is due to return to South Africa next week.

Yesterday, the school said the actions and comments of its deputy head boy were blown out of proportion.

Kacev said there is no censorship at the school and pupils are free to express their views.