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February 13, 2015 12:54 pm

‘Israel is an Apartheid State That Should Be Fully Isolated,’ Say South African Students, in ‘Apology’ for Call to Expel Jews

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Supporters of the antisemitic BDS movement in South Africa have issued a cautious 'apology' for demanding the expulsion of Jewish students from the Durban University of Technology. Photo: Twitter

The student representative council at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in South Africa has issued what it describes as an ‘apology’ for an earlier demand that “Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle,” should be expelled from the campus.

“The SRC apologises without reservation to anyone offended by recent demands made by us regarding Jewish students,” the council said in a statement. However, the body pointedly did not say that it had reversed its demand.

“Once more, we repeat our position, Israel is an apartheid state that should be fully isolated; on this point we will not concede,” the SRC added.

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“If there are any students, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, even atheists or any other that is funded by the apartheid state of Israel and its institutions they must not be students at DUT,” the SRC continued, in another example of the shrill hysteria that characterizes anti-Israel activity in South Africa. “If there are any, they must be immediately de-registered. Our campuses will not be breeding grounds for apartheid.”

The Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry said it was “appalled” by the SRC’s original demand to expel Jewish students, describing it as “blatantly antisemitic.”

Meanwhile, Jews in Cape Town were scheduled to hold a protest today against the visit to South Africa of Leila Khaled, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist who participated in two airplane hijackings between 1969 and 1970. Though she is now aged 70, Khaled remains a poster child for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in South Africa, which is sponsoring a speaking tour for her.

In a statement, the South African Board of Jewish Deputies explicitly tied Khaled’s presence to the call to expel Jewish students from the DUT.

“Welcoming hate-mongers…to South Africa sends out a message that it is legitimate to discriminate against Jews, something that runs completely counter to the South African ethos of non-racialism, equality and tolerance,” the Board said.

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  • victoria brandeis

    SORRY, YOU HAVE LOST THE RIGHT FOR THIS FORCEFUL FIGHT AS

    WELL AS FORGETTING HOW MANY TIME ISRAEL HAS COME TO

    YOUR AID.

    AND, I DOUBT THAT YOUR VOICE IS THE ONE TO LISTEN TO AS YOU

    APPEAR DRUGGED OUT OF YOUR MINDS AND IN NEED OF REPAIR….

    A HANDFUL MAKES NO VOICE…A HANDFUL MAKES NO THREATS …

    HOWEVER YOU ARE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE.

    WHAT I SEE IS A PART OF THE WORLD THAT IS 80% DEAD…..AND ,

    AIDS, VIOLENCE AND GANGS AMIDST SO MUCH MORE MAKE YOUR

    NATION STRUGGLING TO STAY ALIVE…ALERT….AND SAFE.

    YOUR THREATS TO ISRAEL AND JEWS IS AS WEAK AS YOUR

    VERY EXISTENCE…..IF THERE IS ANY…….AND, YOUR ONLY THEORY

    OF SURVIVAL IS TO A……HEAL YOURSELF……B….THAT IS EVIDENT

    /FOLLOWERS OF ISIS……WHO IS SOMEONES AVATAR…..’OBAMA’S ‘

    MAYBE.

  • it was israel which helped to produce atom bombs for south africa. Now without joining israel they are joining with terrorist palestinians who killed the ugandans along with idi amin

  • South African Jewry, come back to the Mother Country, Great Britain, and join Chief Rabbi Mirvis. Jews were in the forefront of the civil rights movement in the USA, with Rabbi Professor Abraham Heschel one of Dr King’s closest supporters. Jews played their role in fighting apartheid in South Africa. As a Jewish and democratic state Israeli Arabs’ rights are protected and Israeli Arabs are involved in every profession. It’s the Arab states that abuse Christians, Jews and other ‘denominations’ of Muslims. How sad to see such deep ignorance in a university, whether in South Africa or the USA.

    • victoria brandeis

      EXCUSE ME..””’MOTHER BRITAIN”””, ISRAEL……MOTHER BRITIAN IS EVIL….SICK……AND HATES JEWS MORE THAN ANYTHING BECAUSE ‘WE’…..CONQUOR THEM 24 / 7 BY OUR MINDS AND GENEROSITY.

      BESIDES BRITIAN BECAME A HOME BECAUSE OF HITLER….SIMPLE AS THAT.

      EVEN HERE……CANADA….WE LIVE HERE BY WAY OF GERMANY AND HITLER…..DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE A JEW IS SAFE ANYWHERE…….

      AND, IF IT WAS NOT FOR CROMWELL…….WHERE WOULD YOU BE.

      AND REMEMBER RABBI DUNNER…….HAS DINNER WITH THE QUEEN AND A WEEK LATER DEAD……NOW……THINK ABOUT IT…..

  • According to hadith of islam, adam was a giant and was from sri lanka. The giant adam reduced to the level of man after the reverse evolution. Now they want to create palestine on the lines of philistine goliath and giant adam. They want to resurrect the spiritual giant nation. This is unacceptable,and since jesus came to liberate the pygmy africans, there will be conflict between palestiniansand christians in the sub saharan africa and the israelis who support these african christians

  • Tuvia Fogel

    You mean there are still Jews in the country with the highest murder AND rape rates in the world?

  • It is the usual strategy: “oh we are not anti-semite, only anti-zionist”. Of course it is much worse. Israel must develop a serious anti-propaganda activity.
    Maybe Israel should invite some of those students, or perhaps intensify exchanges of students with South-Africa.
    Israel is not an apartheid state at all. It is so sad hearing this from the youth of South-Africa, whose parents knew what a real apartheid is. I’m so tired with those constant lies, and with the lack of education and the absence of critical minds.

  • GCBC

    Israel is the only nation in the Middle East which has Jews Christians and Muslims living side by side with equal rights and privileges for all ti’s citizens. This cannot be said for any other country in the area.

    The Palestinians are not at all interested in peace but in destroying Israel. They could have had peace at any time but refuse to negotiate in good faith. The Palestinian Authority has done nothing to aid it’s people from the very beginning and still live on international welfare after destroying all the homes and businesses that Israel left when they gave them the land for peace. All countries where Islam is the state are truly apartheid. These students are terribly ignorant of history and reality. Their professors have a lot to answer for.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    too bad that South Africa stopped being an apartheid state.

    The kids of toaay dont know what apartheid means and is in practice. They would then know that Israel is not.

  • Markus Elnana Brajtman

    I was privileged to be one of the Jews, Christians, black and white, who stood in demonstration against the visit of the terrorist Leila Khaled, who was invited by the South African government to speak at mosques and universities to try to destroy Israel.
    Amazing, but after two days of her being at the University in Durban, the students held demonstrations against Israel and Woolworths, a large chain of clothing and food.

    This was all organised by the Durban Moslem community.

    The South African government “is against all forms of terrorism,” of course, as long as it is against Israel, the Only state in the entire Middle East where there is no apartheid, Israel. But the Arab/Muslim propaganda is so brilliant with untold millions of dollars to feed their lies.
    They know that they will never beat Israel in any military confrontation, so, the only way they THINK they can beat Israel, is with Goebbels Theory.
    THE BIGGER THE LIE, THE MORE OFTEN TOLD, THE MORE THE WORLD WILL BELIEVE IT>
    unfortunately, ISRAEL SO SMALL, THAT ONE NEEDS A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO FIND IT ON THE MAP/
    Make comparisons of the huge land mass that the Arabs have, and the tiny Jewish state, YOU WILL SEE THAT Israel IS A SORE THUMB IN THE ARAB EXPANSTION.

    How many people in the world have ever visited Israel? So, they have no idea of the truth but believe every Arab lie,.
    Those who have visited Israel, have become real ambassadors for the Jewish state.

    The ONLY apartheid in the M E is in the Arab countries.

    of the world population, Israel and world Jewry is about .002% of the world population.

    Israel will be here long after Arabs are news. This is a repeat of history.
    Where are the Egyptians, Spain, Nazi Germany, Rome etc? they are all history.
    Nobody will ever destroy Israel or the Jews. The true GOD is there to protect Israel and the Jews.

  • If the Jews leave South Africa, their economy will fall apart.

  • David Levy

    Load of rubbish from a bunch of ignorant fools who have swallowed Pali propaganda without exercising any critical thought or looking at the facts. In Israel, Arabs are active in every profession, are members of the Knesset (parliament), work in the justice system as prosecutors, magistrates and judges, are free to travel wherever and whenever they wish, are treated by the same doctors and in the same hospitals as Jews, etc., etc. There is no, repeat no, apartheid of any form at all.

  • Emanuel

    Pigs

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    To improve your geat minds, go on, boycott israeli universities and contatc with palestinian and irani universities. Did you already get your niqabchadorburka? and stones for violated women?
    and acid for the girl who doesnt want marry the grandfather you choose for her. I see you know what liberty is about. With these great minds, no doubt that your country will shine

  • Harold Tobin

    The Nazis are alive and well in South Africa.

  • Marije

    Israel is NO apartheidstate!!! White and black is equal in Israel!
    Mandela en M. Luther King were great fans if the state of Israel!

  • VictorMc

    F***- off morons.

  • I think it’s more important to protest about Leila Khalid than some students who haven’t been able to get their proposal into law. There are anti discrimination laws here that this could not come about. Khalid the terrorist has come here to brainwash people who really don’t see how evil she is

  • Monty Lasovsky

    Once an anti Semite-always an anti Semite!
    What a pathetic “apology” which they then counter by calling Israel and “Apartheid state” -what smelly bigotory. The underlying smell is the Islamists who are swelling the ranks od thr SRC on all campuses. I can smell them from here!

  • if Israel is an apartheid state why it has an arab politicians in their gov’t? why it has an equal rights for all its citizens (jews, arabs etc.), if israel is an apartheid state why it is the only country in the ME that has a thriving christian population?if they call israel an apartheid state because of the separating wall then this people are merely stupid, moron, hatemongers, anti-semitic ignoramuses…if israel is apartheid state what do brain dead zombie call the PA that incites the murder of JEWS? Beelzebub Devil Satan (BDS)

  • steven L

    SA is joining the Muslim world of fanatics and imbeciles. With these type of leaders SA will become a fail state soon or later. So be IT!

  • Apology my ass,these people speak with forked tongues.

  • CGG

    Some “apology”. LOL

  • doubleblack4

    Algemeiner,

    Can’t figure out how to see the other 13 or 14 comments. Can you help me.

  • Fred

    Oh, South Africa has forgotten its past quickly by following the return path to Apartheid. How quickly they have sunk bellow the gutter in joining in Jew hatred.
    The Unis instead of seat of learning have sunk to mob anti Semitic hatred. What path have you chosen?????

  • Golum

    ….After all the Help Israel has provided various Afro Countries down through the years….it comes to THIS???
    SCREW THEM…the next time they’re in trouble let ’em call their precious palestinians…..Good Luck!!!

  • Gene

    I am fascinated that Black South African students can get so worked up in support of a culture that believes it is OK for their allies to own Blacks as slaves. Maybe the issue at DUT should be what the student body there is prepared to do to end chattel slavery of black people in other parts of Africa.

  • los negros de sud africa deben mucho al gobierno blanco, sino hubiera sido por ellos ese pais fuera como el resto de paises de africa, y bien por los judios que se manifestan en favor de sus derechos, no se puede seguir solo quejandose, hay que actuar

  • Wm. J. Levy

    How sad that it was Jews who fought for Nelson Mandela and to free S. Africa and this is as always the thanks they get.

    S. Africa is going to decline as it turns into just another African nation with atrocities and corruption.

    Jews should all get out and come to the U.S.

  • Sam Rosenbaum

    I think that students calling Israel an Apartheid state should submit themselves to a literacy test. They have no concept of reality.

  • Joel Keller

    Their “apology” is just a reminder that there’s no cure for hatred or stupidity.

  • Per Ardua

    Jewish students should not stay in South Africa. Israel has much better opportunities to offer them. SA is a racist society.

  • Bernard Ross

    i had hoped SA had disappeared into a well deserved oblivion. Jews there are in a cesspool of floating sewage which will not change because SA is moving backwards not forwards.

  • Dante

    It’s the SRC who stand for a new kind of Apartheid and totalitarism.

  • Mickey Oberman

    How stupid can they possibly be?

    South Africans above all peoples should know the meaning of apartheid but they obviously don’t. Their appalling ignorance bodes ill for the future of South Africa.

    They have learned nothing at all from South Africa’s past.
    Perhaps they should re-live it. Perhaps they deserve to re-live it.

  • Steve Loeb

    South African authorities take note – The condition of these students is a gateway to and even more severe radicalization and as well intended as they may be, they are obviously already severely impaired. Left untreated, they are certain candidates for an increasing radicalization and Jihadism ad who knows where that goes – a Kosher market in Durban perhaps

  • anon

    “If” there is a Muslim country doing bad things somewhere in the world, should all Muslim students be expelled?

    How long will it take for South Africa to become Zimbabwe?

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