In effect, it voted to boycott an Israeli university. The BDS movement applauded the University of Johannesburg.
I hope they raise a glass of contaminated, algae infested, South African water in a toast.
Will Nelson Mandela return his 1997 honorary doctorate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev? No. Did it matter that Ben Gurion conducts joint projects with Palestinian and Jordanian institutions and scholars? No, they are “institutes” and don’t have “university” in their names. Did it matter that Israel pulled out of Gaza several years ago? No. Did it matter that Be’er Sheva has been attacked by missiles from Gaza as recently as this week? Nope.
Uri Keidar, Chairperson of the Ben-Gurion Student Association wrote to University of Johannesburg officials to report his disappointment at their “disturbing” decision. The national chair of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, Zev Krengel, condemned the Senate’s vote.