(Moderators — not sure if this is better for the Israel forum or End Times Politics).
It's fitting that this boycott takes effect on April Fool's Day.JOHANNESBURG – A leading South African university is severing ties with Israel's Ben-Gurion University, acting on calls from hundreds of South African academics and intellectuals for an academic boycott.
It's a "landmark moment," the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions said Thursday, praising the University of Johannesburg for being first to sever such ties in a growing campaign to isolate Israel for its attacks on Palestinians in Gaza.
The University of Johannesburg will end the 25-year relationship on April 1, but professors can continue to work individually with Ben-Gurion, Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said.
More than 400 South Africans signed a petition calling for the boycott, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The campaign has resonance coming from a country where activists encouraged international boycotts and sanctions to help end the legalized race discrimination that was apartheid
The groupthink of the "enlightened" progressives strikes again. Israel is continually attacked by the Palestinians in brutal fashion and is demonized.In Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev said it regretted the decision.
"The only losers in this decision are the people of South Africa," Ben-Gurion president Rivka Carmi said.
Yet their actions are ignored, while Israel is vilified.
Again, Israel is attacked for defending itself, which is ridiculous.Those fighting to end cooperation have argued that Ben-Gurion has ties to the Israeli Defense Force and is complicit in their oppression of Palestinians.
"Israeli universities are an intimate part of the Israeli regime, by active choice," Tutu wrote in a recent essay. "While Palestinians are not able to access universities and schools, Israeli universities produce the research, technology, arguments and leaders for maintaining the occupation."
And Desmond Tutu's claims that "Palestinians are not able to access universities and schools" is the height of hypocrisy. Where are all the Arab and Muslim supporters of the Palestinians? Why aren't THEY opening their universities and schools to their brethren? Could it be because they like to emphasize their plight for propaganda value, and this takes precedence over any benevolence?