SRC wants ‘Zionists’ out

2015-02-13 00:00

DURBAN University of Technology’s student leadership has shifted its ­demand that Jewish students deregister or be expelled to focus on Zionists who support the State of Israel.

Students Representative Council president Ayanda Ngidi yesterday ­apologised to Jewish students and ­instead said Zionists should be thrown out of the institution’s premises.

“We support the struggle of Palestine. Students who support and are funded by the Israeli government must leave DUT or else we will boycott lectures until our demands are met,” Ngidi told The Witness yesterday.

The SRC and the Progressive Youth Alliance submitted a memorandum of demand to the university’s management this week.

The demand angered various organisations and communities.

University vice-chancellor Ahmed Bawa said the request is “totally preposterous, unjust, unfair, unreasonable and unconstitutional” and was “in violation of our values and principles”.

Chairperson of the KZN Zionist Council Professor Antony Arkin said the centrality of Israel is an integral part of the Jewish people and Judaism and to try and separate the national ­religious movement of the Jewish people is “gross anti-Semitism and racism” of the worst kind.

“… This call is in contravention of the SA Constitution. We call on the university to put in place an educational programme to counteract the ­obvious, racist views of their student leadership,” Arkin said.

This was echoed by Council of KZN Jewry vice president Alana ­Baranov, who labelled the call ­“blatantly anti-Semitic”.

Bawa said DUT does not discriminate against any person based on their religion, colour, ethnicity and political affiliation.

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