The demand, which came from the student representative council at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa didn’t specify what should be done with the Joos after they were drummed out, although one can envision any number of possibilities, some too gruesome to articulate.
The main thrust of the protest was directed at Jewish students who don’t support the Palestinian cause, though the council is opposed to allowing any student sponsored by the Israeli government to remain on campus.
The Times of Israel quotes council secretary Mqondisi Duma as saying:
We had a meeting and analyzed international politics. We took the decision that Jewish students, especially those who do not support the Palestinian struggle, should deregister.
The school’s vice chancellor, Ahmed Bawa, balked at the idea, calling it “totally unacceptable.” That sentiment was echoed by Natan Pollack, national chairman of the South African Union of Jewish Students, who said the demand was “deplorable,” adding:
To discriminate against people because of their religious and political standpoint goes against freedom of speech.
Anti-Semitism on college campuses is hardly unheard of on this side of the Atlantic, as a glimpse at any of the articles on the list below reveals.
- Anti-Semitism at U.S. colleges: A complete list of anti-Israel Middle East Studies professors
- Imams inciting anti-Semitism: Free speech at the crossroads (Video)
- Chicago: More anti-Semitism, in school and beyond
- College administrators adamant about stamping out campus racism, but ignore anti-Semitism
- CNN anchor: ‘Is accepting some anti-Semitism needed for change in Mid-East?’