South African university renounces boycott of Israel

Witwatersrand University in South Africa has distanced itself from a student association decision to boycott Israel.

In a statement released Sept. 3, the Wits Executive Committee said it does not share the initiative of the Wits Student Representative Council, adopted Aug. 31, which calls for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel, and for further support of the annual Israel Apartheid Week.

The South African Union of Jewish Students welcomed the university’s statement. Union chairman Daniel Katzew deplored the student council’s decision, calling it “a vicious and one-sided resolution aimed at shutting down all debate and discussion surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The resolution by no means represents the majority of students at Wits, according to Katzew. — jta