Last year the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa falsely claimed that TUT was forging and concluding relations with Israel. This resulted in wide-spread disapproval within the university.
Members of TUT were engaged by BDS South Africa, the Embassy of Palestine, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) as well as a group of Jewish Israelis who are opposed to their country’s occupation of Palestine. The various organizations all queried the Ambassador’s claims and urged TUT to support the academic boycott of Israel.
A process was set in motion to investigate the matter and a democratic decision was then made following almost a year of deliberations within TUT’s Senate, Institutional Forum, Council as well as faculties. The Israeli ambassador’s mis-truths seemed to have spectacularly backfired.
Read full report in BDS South Africa