200 prominent South African sign petition to boycott BGU

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September 25, 2010 00:05

 
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Two hundred prominent South Africans have publicly called for the University of Johannesburg to end its relationship with Ben-Gurion University as part of an ongoing global boycott campaign against Israeli institutions, a group organizing the boycott petition announced on Friday.

Ahead of a vote on the issue by the University of Johannesburg's Senate scheduled to occur on Wednesday, September 29 at the school's Soweto campus, boycott advocates are trying to raise support from academics as well as prominent South Africans.

The most prominent supporters of the boycott petition are the regular, strident Israel critic former Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former government minister Ronnie Kasrils, but the petition has also been signed by members of South Africa's academic community, including Professors John Dugard, Breyten Breytenbach and Mahmood Mamdani.

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