Board of deputies is shamefully out of touch
Name withheld on request, Israel
What was most shameful was Krengel’s admission that, while BDS supporters got up one by one to denounce Israel, he did not feel comfortable to rise to speak. As our official representative to the conference, he sat there quietly in dereliction of his role, failing to represent the Jewish community or find his tongue.
This belies the true question which your article failed to address: Why was he there in the first place, if he was unwilling and unable to give our community a voice?
It is quite evident from the turn of events that the board of deputies failed catastrophically in its mandate to represent the Jewish community. Its campaign appears to have been irrelevant and ill-conceived, and the results, abysmal.
It is evident to me, residing in Israel for many years now, that those making up the board of deputies appear completely out of touch with the South African body politic. Their understanding of the intricacies of ANC politics and modern-day South Africa appears to elude them.
Rather than a smiling selfie, the cover should have depicted a community in crisis and a leadership in shame.