Israeli Apartheid week held at UP

CHAD JOHNSTON 
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was observed from 6 to 12 March in 250 cities, communi­ties, and campuses around the world. Various organisations at UP hosted events through­out the week to create awareness around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted sev­eral decades. The initiative has been running consecutively for 13 years and has grown a lot according to Yusuf Hassim, chairperson of the UP Muslim Students Association (MSA). Hassim said that the aim of the MSA with regard to IAW “is to create a unified and massified[sic] support for Palestine and to cre­ate awareness of the atrocities they are facing on a daily basis”. “This is no[t] [an] Arab issue, Muslim issue or Jewish issue, the issue at hand is simply a humanitarian issue,” he said. The South African Union of Jewish Stu­dents (SAUJS) Tuks Branch hosted events in conjunction with Stand with Us International. SAUJS released a statement in which they set out their goals: “to tell the full story of the conflict and counter the half-truths peddled by the opposing side in order to give students and lecturers alike a different perspective on how lasting peace can be achieved between Pales­tinians and Israelis”.

Events surrounding IAW were held at several campuses last week, including the University of the Free State, the University of the Wit­watersrand, University of Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch University.

 

Photo: Kaylyn O’Brien.

 

 

 

 

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