At the initiation of the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS), WUJS Chairman Oliver Worth, and six students from the “What Is Rael’ delegation to South Africa, joined three South African Jewish Students in meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.
Though critical of Israeli policy, Tutu reaffirmed his belief in Israel’s right to exist as a secure sovereign State. At the request of delegation member Avnet Kleiner, he also offered prayers for the eight Israelis murdered in last weeks terror attacks.
This visit was a part of the ‘What Is Rael’ visit, hosted by SAUJS, that saw 22 Israeli students visit five South African universities, including The University of Cape Town, University of the Witswatersrand, and the University of Johannesburg. The aim of the trip was to engage with the Jewish community of South Africa, and create meaningful dialogue on South African university campuses. The participants on the trip represented the broad range of Israeli society, whom during the trip had the opportunity to meet representatives of various student and political organizations, as well as the Palestinian ambassador to South Africa.