Monday, June 27th | 28 Sivan 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021


Mogoeng Mogoeng

South African Chief Justice

The Chief Justice of South Africa since 2011, Mogoeng Mogoeng has come under sustained attack from his country’s powerful pro-Palestinian lobby for his declaration of support for the State of Israel. After Mogoeng told an online conference that his “love” for Israel was based upon his Christian faith, pro-Palestinian organizations lodged a complaint with South Africa’s Judicial Service Commission, which subsequently found him guilty of “misconduct.” Mogoeng refused to issue the required apology, however, responding that “even if 50 million people were to march every day for 10 years for me to do so, I would not apologize. If I perish, I perish.” At a later prayer meeting, Mogoeng told the audience that “if I get to the point where there is a judgment that says, ‘You must say you hate Israel and the Jews’, I would rather cease to be Chief Justice.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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