Calls for University of Cape Town not to boycott Israel

A group of alumni, parents and students of Africa's top university, the University of Cape Town (UCT), have banded together in a bid to halt any attempt of an academic boycott of Israel, writes Ilanit Chernick for The Jerusalem Post.

The group, which calls itself Concerned Citizens for Academic Freedom at UCT, started a recent petition entitling it: ‘Protect Academic Freedom at the University of Cape Town’. Almost 25,000 people have signed the petition, which calls "upon UCT’s management and leadership to stand against this campaign. We believe that the implementation of a wholesale academic boycott against Israel violates the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech, guaranteed in Section 16 of the South African Constitution and which are fundamental to the undertaking of education and research."

This comes as the university's senate was expected to meet again on 10 May to clarify and discuss certain issues that council, the ruling body of the university, have requested following its decision not to institute an academic boycott of Israel.
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