Staff Reporter | 13 March 2017
Last week, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) kicked off with events being held around the world as a form of unity to boycott Israeli Apartheid and in support of the Palestinian people.
On Monday tensions ran high at the University of Witwatersrand. Private security and management intervened in arguments between pro-Palestinian activists and pro-Israeli activists. In an attempt to border the situation private security made a wall between the two groups of people, very much like the one currently in Palestine.
Last year, during IAW, pro-Palestinian activists were forcibly removed from having events in the same space as the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS). Dadoo was unavailable to comment on the situation, but a member of the Wits SRC, Azra Karim, made a statement yesterday saying that members of SAUJS initiated contact by shoving the PSC gazebos off the Piazza.
According to Rashaad Yusuf Dadoo, chairperson of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee (PSC), SAUJS used a part of the space that IAW events were supposed to be held on.