Student council at South Africa’s Durban U. calls for expelling Jewish students

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( The student council of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in South Africa has asked the university to expel all of its Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian cause.

The Students Representative Council’s (SRC) secretary, Mqondisi Duma, said that the council reached the decision when it “had a meeting and analyzed international politics.” 

We took the decision that Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle, should deregister,” Duma said, reported the Independent Online, a South African newspaper.

DUT Vice Chancellor Prof. Ahmed Bawa, meanwhile, said that the demand is totally preposterous, unjust, unfair, unreasonable, and unconstitutional. It’s in violation of our values and principles.” 

DUT does not discriminate against any person based on their race, religion, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation or political affiliation,” Bawa said, according to the South African Jewish Report.

Though the U.S.-based global Jewish campus umbrella organization Hillel International does not have a presence in South Africa, Hillel President & CEO Eric Fingerhut said in a statement that “reports that student leaders at the Durban University of Technology are pressuring the administration to identify and expel Jews is positively chilling.”

“Hillel International stands in solidarity with Jewish students everywhere in their right to experience a safe and welcoming higher education. With U.S. campuses continuously tested by BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), we are mindful of the short leap between contending with an anti-Israel movement and one that is dangerously and unabashedly anti-Semitic. We will not permit such hatred to take root on any campus in the world where Hillel can extend its reach and offer support,” Fingerhut said.

Posted on February 12, 2015 .