Petition calls to oust Goldstone as Holocaust center patron

December 13, 2010 15:35

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Several hundred people have signed on to a petition seeking the removal of Richard Goldstone and Desmond Tutu as patrons of two Holocaust centers in South Africa.

Along with Goldstone, an ex-judge who headed the United Nations' commission of inquiry into the Gaza war, and Tutu, a human rights activist and the archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the online petition called on former South African Education Minister Kader Asmal, a frequent public critic of Israel, to step down as a patron of the Cape Town Holocaust Center and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center.The petition was drawn up by three prominent Cape Town Jews: David Hersch, a vice chairman of the South African Zionist Federation and former chairman of its Cape Town branch; Joselle Reuben, the father of the current Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Meron Reuben; and retired businessman Howard Joffe.

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