Durban university students seek to expel Jews
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Durban university students seek to expel Jews

Demand focuses on those who don't identify with Palestinians; petition 'totally unacceptable,' vice chancellor says

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The South African city of Durban from above (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0/Esther Dyson)
The South African city of Durban from above (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0/Esther Dyson)

The student representative council at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa urged the institution’s management to expel its Jewish students, especially those who don’t support the Palestinian cause, the Daily News newspaper reported Wednesday.

The demand was also extended to any students sponsored by the Israeli government.

“We had a meeting and analyzed international politics,” the student body’s secretary, Mqondisi Duma, was quoted in the report as saying.

“We took the decision that Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle, should deregister.”

Durban University of Technology
Durban University of Technology

Durban University of Technology vice chancellor Ahmed Bawa called the suggestion to kick out Jewish students “totally unacceptable.”

On Tuesday, Natan Pollack – the national chairman of the South African Union of Jewish Students – said the demand was “deplorable.”

“To discriminate against people because of their religious and political standpoint goes against freedom of speech,” he said.

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