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'King David issue shouldn't have escalated'

The SABJE says it's a 'great pity' that a problem with a pupil was taken to the SAHRC.

A matric pupil at the school claims he was victimised and bullied for his views on Gaza. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Board of Jewish Education (SABJE) says it's a 'great pity' that a problem with a pupil at King David Linksfield High School has escalated to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

A matric pupil at the school claims he was victimised and bullied for his views on Gaza and, along with his parents, has called on the commission to mediate.

This comes days after a pupil at the Victory Park branch of the school, Joshua Broomberg, caused controversy by wearing a Palestinian scarf while competing at a debating competition overseas.

The SABJE's Rabbi Craig Kacev says the issue is not about views on the Middle East but whether a student leader lashed out at his school on an inappropriate platform.

"These are things that could have been dealt with in the school and what the school did in this case was not punitive but rather said to the student, bring it back into the school."

But the papers which the pupil has lodged at the SAHRC commission claim he was singled out and accused of being an Israel hater.

His lawyers say he resigned as a school leader because of his morals and ethics.