The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) congratulates the UCT Council

Johannesburg, 31 March 2019: The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) congratulates the UCT Council for rejecting the Senate resolution on their proposed academic boycott of Israel. Their decision on Saturday endorsed the principles of academic freedom that underpin any credible global top ranking university.

An attempt to boycott academic institutions in Israel, or indeed in any other country, would contravene outright these principles, on which the proper functioning of institutes of higher learning is predicated. For CT to do so under any circumstances, let alone at the behest of a narrow-interest lobby group, would be a tragic betrayal of the universities fine record of upholding such values.

We look to the Senate to further endorse and uphold these principles in their future deliberations. Any resolutions should reconfirm the Universities ethos and its commitment to fairness, justice and non-racialism.

For more information please contact Wendy Kahn on 082 444 3675 / wendy@sajbd.org