Retain Joshua Broomberg as Deputy Head Boy of King David High School. Do not punish him because he stood up for human rights in Palestine as petitioned by "concerned zionist"
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We, the undersigned members with understanding of the facts contained in this letter, write to you in response to the latest incident regarding King David Victory Park’s (“KDVP”) Deputy Head-Boy Joshua Broomberg .
We insist that KDVP retain all his honours and retain his title as Deputy Head Boy and that he be also be commended with regard to the incident that will be cited in the body of this letter.
Joshua was seen on a public forum, namely Facebook, draped in a Palestinian scarf (“Keffiyeh”) as well as a Palestinian Flag in the form of a badge, with the caption being “Team South Africa wearing Palestinian badges and Keffiyehs to show our opposition to the human rights violations carried out against the people of Palestine.”
This was a courageous and noble action on his behalf. KDVP should be proud that they are nurturing leaders of this calibre. He has been attacked and criticized, recently by individuals who have sent out a petition for Joshua’s removal as Deputy Head Boy of King David High School and from all leadership positions and that his Honours be revoked. We ask that you ignore these calls and stand behind your Deputy head boy, who clearly is a proud member of his school, and has shown maturity beyond his years in his response to his critics.
Here is part of Joshua's response in response to his critics" I am proud to be a South African Jew, and I am proud to attend a Jewish Day School. I am also a Zionist. I believe in Israel’s right to exist, and her right to defend herself from the threat presented by those seeking to hurt her citizens. All citizens of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza have the absolute right to live in peace and security.
It was with this in mind that I, and my team, chose to take the stand we did. It was not about politics, or about states. It was about humanity. We stand with the thousands of civilians who have lost their lives in the conflict. We stand with a people who do not yet have a state to protect themselves. We stand with the innocents. We stand for two states. We do not stand against Israel. All of this applies to me personally as well."
Furthermore he states" I will note, explicitly, that our support and sympathy also lies with the innocent Israelis exposed to threat at the hands of terrorists. The conflict is a tragedy for all, and once again, all innocent life is equally valuable."
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