It has been a busy month at SAUJS with both proactive campaigns and reactive activities. The start of operation “Protective Edge” has triggered a rise in the anti-Israel sentiment in South Africa and SAUJS has been working hard on campuses across the country to ensure that Jewish students feel safe to “wear their Judaism on their sleeves”. They have run events such as “Tefillin for Peace” in order to encourage Jewish pride at this difficult time and are heavily involved in the student government structures on our various campuses. In South Africa the month of August is campaign month so SAUJS are hard at work campaigning for the various parties and candidates together with our various organisational allies.
They have also been engaged in fighting a BDS resolution that was recently passed at the University of Cape Town and feel confident that they will get it overturned-in the name of academic freedom, freedom of expression and the right to hold an alternate opinion. For the last month SAUJS has stood proud together with the South African community at various rallies for Israel’s right to exist and they will continue to stand up for what they believe is right.
On a much lighter note this past weekend was the annual SAUJS Fiesta, a weekend filled with some much needed frivolity.