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South African Jew’s Anti-Israel Facebook Post Stirs Outrage

Freedom of speech does not demand that one has to prove the freedom to show one’s ignorance.
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Joshua Broomberg and is debating team, complete with Palestinian flag.

Joshua Broomberg and is debating team, complete with Palestinian flag.

A Facebook picture of a South African Jewish high school student wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf has triggered outrage and a petition calling for his removal from an honorary position, as well as a dueling petition in his defense.

Joshua Broomberg, deputy head boy of the King David Victory Park High School, a Jewish day school, and the captain of the South African national debate team, was tagged in a Facebook photograph wearing a traditional Palestinian scarf and a badge of the Palestinian flag, according to the Independent Online, a South African news website.

The caption of the photo stated: “Team South Africa wearing Palestinian badges and Keffiyehs to show our opposition to the human rights violations carried out against the people of Palestine.” Broomberg and the debate team were in Thailand competing in the World Schools Debating Championship.

In response to the posting, a petition was posted online at change.org calling for Broomberg’s removal as deputy head boy, an honorary student post. The petition quickly garnered 2,000 online signatures. In response, an opposing petition was also posted at change.org, opposing Broomberg’s removal. That petition has garnered more than 4,000 signatures.

Rabbi Craig Kacev, general director of the South African Board of Jewish Education, which oversees King David Victory Park, said that Broomberg would not be suspended and defended the student’s right to free speech, telling South Africa’s Eyewitness News, “We encourage critical thinking, we encourage our learners to debate and there’s no censorship in our school.”

In a post on Facebook, Broomberg apologized for creating an “uproar,” which he said he did not intend, but defended himself as a proud Jew and as a Zionist, and stated, “While I apologize for the hurt we seem to have caused, I do not apologize for standing with Palestine on this issue.”

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28 Responses to “South African Jew’s Anti-Israel Facebook Post Stirs Outrage”

  1. I quote the Deputy Head Boy of King David Victory:… “In my eyes, this criticism is not a betrayal, but actually the only honest and true way to show my patriotism and commitment to Israel, as well as my belief in human rights and the entitlement of all citizens of all countries to those right. To improve, we must criticise.”……… My opinion:….. To criticise you must have “walked in the other persons shoes”…did you? You can show your “only honest and true patriotism and commitment to Israel” by putting “your money where your mouth is”:..Don’t talk – do…. Will you make Aliyah and will you join the IDF? Will you defend the State of Israel and her people with your life? About human rights: Israel has the right to “human rights” by defending itself and her people when other people want to annihilated the state of Israel and with that the Jews.

  2. because they are not jews …………. and that is final

  3. They won’t wear a Tallis but they wear that scarf . I pity their end

  4. No matter how much he sucks up to the anti-Israel crowd hysteria, he will still be a Jew in the eyes of the anti-Israel crowd, and therefore deemed evil. Hope he enjoys himself living in a country riddled with violent crime and disease,state anti-Semitism, and one with no future for the Jews. Where ever he will eventually flee to, the Jewish community has a long memory of those who betrayed it when under siege. Hope his parents are proud of him because few if any others will be, other than the fascists, anarchists, fanatical Islamists and the self-hating Jews of the far left movement. He will have a great future.

  5. bein one jew..he betrays his own race..how can other race trust him therefore!..i jz pray he be enlightened to love of his country and people..and STAND in support!..GODBLESS israel!

  6. Al Goltzman says:

    In a post on Facebook, Broomberg apologized for creating an “uproar,” which he said he did not intend, but defended himself as a proud Jew and as a Zionist, and stated, “While I apologize for the hurt we seem to have caused, I do not apologize for standing with Palestine on this issue.”

  7. Al Goltzman says:

    He needs to recognize that Hamas is responsible for those deaths and support Israel in defending itself if he supports Israel. A Jew cannot afford to be naive.

  8. Christians United for Israel (CUFI)

  9. As a teacher, a debating coach and a debate adjudicator I cannot believe that you chose your so called freedom of speech but also had the chutzpah (which means audacity or damn cheek) to don the terrorists’ dishcloth on your head and wear their flag badge! You just slapped Hashem in the face! As a debater you should know that you argue for or against the topic. You have contradicted yourself by being on both sides of the fence. How can you be pro Jewish and Zionism while being in radical Palestine an garb? Oh sure you will say you feel sorry for the citizens of GAZA and not Hamas. Well what about patriotism? May I with more experience, wisdom and knowledge inform you that the youth are always outlandish when it comes to politics with their wow wow and ra ra speeches of how they are going to right the wrongs of the past. This is the foundation for future corrupt politicians. You were overseas for a debating competition, representing not only your school but your country of citizenship. Therefore you were not acting in your personal capacity. You have brought disrepute to both! Before you ever wear a Yamulke or Tallis again first ask Hashem’s forgiveness and blessing. You are a first class schlemel for what you have done. I hope this will bring you the notoriety you so obviously desire.

  10. DONT WE LOVE THEM THEY ARE ALSO HERE THEY MUST GO TO THERE RABBI WHO IS TEACHING THEM THIS

  11. He should lose his university degree for insisting there is a place called Palestine. He failed history miserably.

  12. Carolin Knox says:

    That’s all they hear on T.V….and let’s face it…it’s a fad. The parents need to teach now.

  13. I feel sorry for his misguided concepts.

  14. Needs to get his face kicked in. Ignorant idiot. Thought he was being a smart ass.

  15. when they come after him he is not welcome here!!!

  16. Imagine that. A person who defends and supports those who want Israel and Jews eliminated! Attack them immediately. Perhaps. But every damned day there are people whose “love” is to entice Jews to loathe their faith and heritage to worship another god than our own and twist His words into lies like weapons against us. Hamas and Palestinians are certainly no worse than Christians, anarchists and leftists enticed by Islamic propaganda are surely no worse than those alligators on whose back many Jews quietly sit riding through the stinking swamp. Are Jews so lonely and afraid that we have to embrace one enemy to survive the other. Isn’t God (or other Jews) enough?

  17. Dan Summer says:

    The palis would love to cut his head off as a Jew…stupid Jewish boy!

  18. Jamie Siever says:

    He appears to be confused regarding the definition if the word Zionist.

  19. Lize Bartsch says:

    Poor Media brainwashed youths, if only they had been in Israel they would not take such a ridiculous stance against their own people’s right to defend their tiny nation. And if those Christians being buried alive by ISIS does not open the world’s eyes to the cruelty and intolerance of Islam I don’t know what will???

  20. Unfortunately SouthAfrican kids are clueless about the history of Isreal and anti semetiscm .

  21. Judith Dowla says:

    when they stir the pot it gets us thinking what we need to do and say to pour some sugar on them and create a whole new dessert item.

  22. Judith Dowla says:

    when they stir the pot it gets us thinking what we need to do and say to pour some sugar on them and create a whole new dessert item.

  23. Judith Dowla says:

    when they stir the pot it gets us thinking what we need to do and say to pour some sugar on them and create a whole new dessert item.

  24. Judith Dowla says:

    We have Jews and we have Jews. Some are Jews via ancestry only and other Jews are learned and practice the principles of Judaism every day of their lives.

  25. Judith Dowla says:

    We have Jews and we have Jews. Some are Jews via ancestry only and other Jews are learned and practice the principles of Judaism every day of their lives.

  26. Sorry, but freedom of speech is EXACTLY that! If one is censored other’s can be as well.

  27. Sorry, but freedom of speech is EXACTLY that! If one is censored other’s can be as well.

  28. Sorry, but freedom of speech is EXACTLY that! If one is censored other’s can be as well.

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