A South African judge who said he planned to skip his grandson's bar mitzvah because of expected protests over the judge's role in a report that was critical of Israel has now decided to attend the event, he said Sunday.
The judge, Richard Goldstone, authored a United Nations report on the 2008-2009 war in Gaza that accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes.
Known as theÂ Goldstone report, itÂ sparked outrage in much of the Jewish world, and Goldstone - now a law professor at Georgetown University - said earlier this month that he would skip his grandson's bar mitzvah in Johannesburg out of fear his appearance would draw protests from South African Jews.
But Goldstone told CNN on Sunday that he has decided to attend the event after receiving assurances from a major South African Jewish organization that there would be no protests at the bar mitzvah if he agreed to meet with local Jewish groups.
"I am delighted to be attending this important day for my grandson and my family," Goldstone told CNN.
In an e-mail to the American Jewish publication Tikkun, Goldstone said that the South African Jewish Board of Deputies had brokered the deal with local Jewish groups.
Last week, GoldstoneÂ toldÂ CNN that he was planning to skip the event because he'd "received reports that I will likely be physically prevented from entering the synagogue."
"Imagine the effects of such protests on my 13-year-old grandson and his family," he said.
Israel rejected the findings of the 2009 Goldstone report on the Gaza conflict, which killed about 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis over three weeks during December 2008 and January 2009.
"We will not agree to a situation where the [Israeli Defense Forces] commanders and soldiers will be treated as war criminals after vigorously defending the citizens of Israel against a loathsome enemy," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to the report in October.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the report "distorted, false and irresponsible."
The Palestinian Authority government of Mahmoud Abbas supported the report. In February, Hamas - which rules Gaza - released a 20-page summary of steps it had taken to investigate wrongdoing during the Gaza conflict, though human rights groups rejected its claims that any rockets fired against Israeli civilians were accidental.
Goldstone is a former justice on South Africa's highest court and former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.