Wits University - a Poor Choice

2015-09-05 20:44

Last week Wits University students elected their representatives for the coming year. They chose badly and shamefully and their choice is an unfortunate reflection of a university that has allowed itself to be led astray.

The results were as follows: Of the fifteen seats available, twelve were secured by the Progressive Student Alliance (PYA) and three by Project W. The PYA is an alliance between the Muslim Student Association, the ANC Youth League and SASCO with its last leader being the openly anti semitic, racist Mcebo Dlamini – a vocal supporter of Adolf Hitler. The PYA is Israel obsessed and if anyone was in any doubts as to their singular focus, the Palestinian scarves worn in their photos tells the story.

Which is pathetic and sad. When destitute and desperate children of refugees are washing up on the shores Turkey, and Europe is in turmoil because of this unprecedented humanitarian crises, and the spoiled privileged children at Wits are playing activist, I am ashamed that this is the university that I attended.

When the elite of our country's youth can’t see that there is a calamity unfolding, that so many countries in Middle East deny freedom of religion, of expression, abuse woman and gays, and they choose only to obsess with Israel, I am ashamed. I am embarrassed that the university has created an environment that has resulted in this situation.

Aylan Kurdi was a Syrian two year old who should not have died. His body should not have washed up on the Turkish coast as his parents tried to flee a country that has seen hundreds of thousands perish. Instead his mom and his brother drowned leaving his father Abdullah broken and shattered. For years this conflict has raged and these students did next to nothing. And whereas there is a limited amount that a South African university student body could do, at least they should try. They could create awareness, they could develop sensitivity, they could collect food parcels, and they could send care packages. But mostly they could feel for the terrible, terrible suffering that others are enduring.

North Africa is burning, Zimbabweans are starving, the Kurds are being annihilated, Isis is selling woman wholesale, beheading and torturing all whilst our advantaged little activists are playing dress up. They shout slogans of Israel “Apartheid” without bothering to educate themselves as to the reality. They speak of Israeli “genocide” as though it’s fact, when nothing could be further from the truth and they ignore that Iran promises exactly that every day. They have moral outrage only when it comes to Israel and to Jews.

South Africa itself is drowning under the pressures of poverty, corruption, unemployment and alcohol and drug abuse. It's a country in crises. And yet those few blessed with the enormous gift of a magnificent higher education have chosen to turn their backs on the real suffering around them.

The coming year promises to be a difficult one for Jewish students on Wits Campus. The university has repeatedly allowed bullying and intimidation of Israel associated speakers, representatives and musicians. It has created a hostile environment that has birthed an SRC of its making.

And sadly, Wits University will reap that which it has sowed.

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