A message from Judge Richard Goldstone to Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun."I am happy to inform you that after being approached this morning by the Jewish communal organizations, the following statement was issued by the Director of the South African Board of Deputies, Wendy Kahn:"The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) is pleased to announce that, following consultation between all the parties involved, an agreement has been reached confirming Judge Richard Goldstone attending his grandson's forthcoming barmitzvah ceremony."It was agreed that a meeting hosted by the SA Zionist Federation would take place between Judge Goldstone and leadership of the SA Zionist Federation and other Jewish Communal representatives to discuss the Jewish community's response to the report of the Commission chaired by Judge Goldstone last year and for Judge Goldstone to give his perspectives on the issue."It was further confirmed that Judge Goldstone would attend his grandson's barmitzvah and that there would be no protests associated with the barmitzvah."The SAJBD respectfully requests, in light of the agreement reached, that all parties immediately desist all public activities on this matter so that the young man's barmitzvah celebration can be returned to the privacy and dignity that it deserves."Judge Goldstone said that "I am delighted that I will attend the barmitzvah of my grandson.""I need hardly say how happy our family is that I will be attending the synagogue services.Thank you again for your tremendous and much appreciated support. I am moved beyond words by the honor that you have announced [the Tikkun Award to be given in 2011 to Judge Goldstone during our 25th anniversary celebration/conference]. I look forward to being with you on joyous occasions.Warmest regards,Richard [Goldstone][from Judge Goldstone who authored the U.N. report on human rights abuses by both Israel and Hamas before and during Israel's invasion of Gaza in 2008-2009]

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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