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Another King David pupil 'victimised' over Gaza

A matriculant has approached the SAHRC for allegedly being bullied over his views on Gaza.

King David school logo. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - In another case involving a King David High School, this time in Linksfield, a matric pupil has complained to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for allegedly being bullied and victimised over his views on Gaza.

His family's lawyer has told Eyewitness News the scandal began a year ago, after several exchanges were posted on an internet forum.

This comes as the controversy around Joshua Broomberg dies down after he was photographed wearing a Palestinian scarf while competing in a debating competition overseas.

The teenager's family says after being accused of hating Israel, the boy was singled out in a school newsletter without being named, forbidden to wear a certain blazer and eventually resigned as a student leader.

Their lawyer Marco Schepers says, "There was a teacher within the school who actually victimised and bullied the child to such an extent that the child actually had to go for psychological treatment to assist him."

The family claims this is not an isolated incident and has asked the SAHRC to facilitate an inquiry, force the school to comply with the Constitution and to apologise.

The commission has confirmed its investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, the South African Board of Jewish Education's Rabbi Craig Kacev, who speaks on behalf of the King David Schools, has said that they encourage free speech and debate.

"There's no censorship in our schools as to what students can and cannot say."

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