South African Academic Conference Dis-invites Israelis After Boycott Pressure

Pressure from supporters of a boycott against Israel has led organizers of an academic conference in South Africa to disinvite Israeli participants. Entitled “Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma,” the conference is set to take place next week at Stellenbosch University.
 
In a letter calling on the organizers to disinvite the Israelis, activists cited the nation-state law and “many other egregious violations of basic human rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel,” the “draconian laws of Israel’s military administration” in the West Bank, and – quoting academic Ilan Pappe – “incremental genocide” in Gaza.” The signatories included the South African Jews for a Free Palestine organization.
 
Seven academics from three Israeli universities – the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – were supposed to attend.
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