Gaza: Pupil goes to HRC

A pupil at King David School, in Linksfield, Johannesburg, has complained to the SA Human Rights Commission that he has been bullied and discriminated against for his views on Israel.

The Grade 12 pupil said: “If you are critical of Israel once, you will be written off by the leadership at King David for the rest of your school career.”

The pupil identified himself and posted a comment on the Facebook page criticising Israeli policy.

King David principal Marc Falconer wrote to pupils and parents explaining that the pupil’s appointment as a “student leader”, or prefect, would be deferred because he “had engaged in a debate that was not appropriate in the forum of Facebook ” and the debate was not “complimentary for the school”.

Falconer did not name the pupil, but the boy’s lawyers said everyone knew who he was.

In the newsletter, Falconer said that “debate was important and the school had learned from the Facebook page that there was a need to discuss the Jewish people’s complex relationship with Israel in a different forum”.

In his complaint to the SAHRC, the pupil says he was singled out in the newsletter, “humiliated” and that his rights to freedom of expression were violated.

A pupil at King David School, in Linksfield, Johannesburg, has complained to the SA Human Rights Commission that he has been bullied and discriminated against for his views on Israel.

His lawyer, Andre Bloem, said the pupil was “criticised for participating in open debate” and accused of acting in a “dangerous” manner.

Last week King David Victory Park deputy head prefect Joshua Broomberg posted a photograph of himself on Facebook wearing a “Palestinian scarf” and expressed support for the people of the Gaza Strip. This led to the compilation of a petition of more than 2000 signatures calling for him to be stripped of his prefect status.

All school leaders at King David must sign an undertaking that they will at all times support Israel.

Source: timeslive.co.za