Jews told to leave South African University



In a move that even we at ASW can scarcely believe, Newsweek reports that the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) at Durban University of Technology in South Africa has stirred outrage at home and abroad after a local newspaper, the Daily News, reported they had demanded that Jewish students, especially those who “do not support the Palestinian struggle,” leave the school.

Thankfully, Ahmed Bawa, the vice-chancellor of the university, responded to the memorandum in a letter to students and staff calling the demand related to Jewish students “outrageous, preposterous and a deep violation of our National Constitution and every human rights principle.” He concluded his rapid rejection of the idea by emphasizing that “no student at DUT will be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, gender, political affiliation or sexual orientation.”

ASW commends the stance of Ahmed Bawa.

Professor Ahmed Bawa of Durban University of Technology



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