University Of Cape Town Considers Israel Boycott by the Forward

University Of Cape Town Considers Israel Boycott

Palestinian activists are urging South Africa’s University of Cape Town to impose an academic and cultural boycott on Israel - a move now being debated by the school’s Academic Freedom Committee.

“The rationale for this call is clear – Palestinian human rights are violated by Israel on a daily basis with the direct and indirect support from Israeli universities… By implementing an academic boycott, UCT takes a principled position in the defense of human rights and academic freedom,” wrote members of the university’s Palestine Solidarity Forum.

The committee is now considering the motion, but in order for it to take effect, the measure would have to be approved by the university administration. South Africa’s Board of Jewish Deputies and Jewish students’ association have voiced their opposition to an academic and cultural boycott from the school against Israel.

South Africa has increasingly been a forum for debating the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel - with its ruling African National Congress party recently having put into its platform a commitment to downgrading diplomatic relations with Israel.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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Daniel J. Solomon

Daniel J. Solomon is the former Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.

University Of Cape Town Considers Israel Boycott

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