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Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was observed from 6 to 12 March in 250 cities, communities, and campuses around the world. Various organisations at UP hosted events throughout the week to create awareness around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has lasted several decades. The initiative has been running consecutively for 13 years and has grown a lot according to Yusuf Hassim, chairperson of the UP Muslim Students Association (MSA). Hassim said that the aim of the MSA with regard to IAW “is to create a unified and massified[sic] support for Palestine and to create awareness of the atrocities they are facing on a daily basis”. “This is no[t] [an] Arab issue, Muslim issue or Jewish issue, the issue at hand is simply a humanitarian issue,” he said. The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) Tuks Branch hosted events in conjunction with Stand with Us International. SAUJS released a statement in which they set out their goals: “to tell the full story of the conflict and counter the half-truths peddled by the opposing side in order to give students and lecturers alike a different perspective on how lasting peace can be achieved between Palestinians and Israelis”.
Events surrounding IAW were held at several campuses last week, including the University of the Free State, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, and Stellenbosch University.
Photo: Kaylyn O’Brien.