Students are answering to Israel Apartheid Week on their campuses – supporting students in South Africa
Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) has always been a hostile environment for Jewish students around the world. Given South Africa’s Apartheid history, IAW poses a threat to students who want to study in a peaceful and respectful environment.
In 2014 the ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) have officially endorsed the IAW (which is to take place 10-16 March) and with that legitimized this hate campaign.
SAUJS, the South African Union of Jewish Students have started a series of campaigns to combat IAW by bringing dialogue and bridge building to campuses country-wide. South African students need our support more than ever! Share their campaigns and help them get their message out!
SAUJS produced a meaningful video for the campaign you can watch it here.
The Give Peace Wings campaign is a unique initiative to bring the Israeli narrative to universities around the country.
SAUJS National Chair Ariela Carno said:
This year SAUJS have decided that in the battle of ideals that will rage on campus this week, SAUJS would devote our time to telling our own narrative and spreading our own message. It was out of this philosophy that our campaign “Give Peace Wings” was conceptualised.
ONLINE CAMPAIGNS AND RESOURCES BY STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS
Students have been on the forefront of fighting against injustice and for equal treatment on their campuses. They have developed online materials to combats IAW and spread the truth about the real Israel and educate people about real facts about what is going on in the Middle East.
One example is the website: Israel Apartheid Week which gathers and structures relevant information about the conflict and arguments against IAW.
Every year, extremists converge on campuses all over the world. For a week or two, they strive to sow divisions, encourage prejudice, and incite hostility.
An other important website to visit is Real Facts which aims to give real unbiased information about the Middle East conflict. The website was created by young South Africans to promote peace in the Middle East.
As a team of young South Africans, we have grown up through the very unique transition and very exciting times of the democracy of South Africa. In the eyes of many, including us, the majority of this transition has been due to the selfless work, perseverance and commitment of many important individuals with a shared vision and common goal.
To have up-to-date information, you can follow these activists on Twitter who will be tweeting about the various events during Israel Apartheid Week.
@spotlighting @saujs @givepeacewings @sajbd @chaifm
Students in South Africa need YOUR help. Help them spread their message, like and share their Facebook page and share their story!
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