STUDENT CAMPAIGN SUMMARY
*** SA University's Student Council Passes Boycott Of Israel Resolution***

An Israeli mission is being sent to five countries to do pro-Israeli propaganda work at campuses. The mission has been briefed and trained by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Furthermore, they have received funding from the Ben-Gurion University and Weizmann Institute of Science student unions; they have also been directly funded by Ben-Gurion University itself (www.bgu4u.co.il/articles/article.aspx?ArticleId=3127).

The mission’s main focus is South Africa in general and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) specifically - this is because of South Africa’s critical position on Israel and the growing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel that it is coming from South Africa. For example, UJ ended its institutional relationship with Israel on the 1st of April 2011 and a legal tribunal will be held in Cape Town later this year to rule whether Israel is guilty of Apartheid, the tribunal includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ms. Winnie Mandela, Professor John Dugard etc.

Palestinian students have written to South African peers asking students to challenge and boycott the upcoming Israeli trip to South Africa scheduled to begin on the 11th of August 2011. 

Subsequently, several South Africa student groups have heeded the Palestinian call and on the 04th of August a joint press conference was convened in Johannesburg by the national executives of South Africa's most representative student body, the SA Union of Students; South Africa's oldest and largest student group, SA Students Congress; and the Young Communist League of South Africa. At this press conference, a joint statement was issued that slammed the "Israeli Apartheid Agents" mission to South African campuses and encouraged all local structures to investigate and implement boycott of Israel campaigns. 

All South African students are being called on to boycott the Israeli tour; challenge and counter the tour; and investigate and advance Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel on their campuses. If you would like more information or would to take part in any of the planned actions and activities kindly contact us: bdsworkinggroup[at]gmail.com.