The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) on Thursday recommitted itself to support for the struggle of oppressed Palestinians and again condemned “the apartheid state of Israel” as the International Israeli Apartheid Week activities drew to a close.
“Our position remains in support of the total emancipation of the Palestinian people,” the youth league said, adding that it condemned Israel for refusing to answer the “calls to work towards a peaceful solution and withdrawal from occupied territories”.
The league also called on the University of Cape Town to support the academic boycott of Israeli universities that operated in the occupied territories and which supported the state of Israel.
“Israeli apartheid must come to an end and our democratic institutions cannot maintain the Israeli façade of a free society and, thereby, support colonialism.
“An academic boycott of Israeli institutions is vital to send a resounding call to Israel to seize with the intolerable human rights violation that is inflicted on Palestinian people, to comply with international law, and respect universal principles of human rights,” the statement said.
The youth league also accused a member of the UCT council and a DA MP, Michael Cardo of opposing the university senate’s decision to “proceed with an academic boycott against the State of Israel”.
Drawing an analogy between South Africa and Israel, the ANCYL said that international support for the struggle against Apartheid was crucial in isolating South Africa internationally and bringing an end to the oppression at home.
– African News Agency (ANA)