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UCT continues to mull Israel boycott

The University of Cape Town is calling for further input from the university community about a possible boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The university is calling for comment on a March resolution by the UCT Senate for a boycott. It resolved that “UCT will not enter into any formal relationships with Israeli academic institutions operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as other academic institutions enabling gross human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.

The decision proved contentious and received both support from activists and condemnation from Jewish groups who claimed it limited academic freedom. The Senate decision also hit an institutional snag when the UCT council refused to adopt the resolution later in March, calling for a study of impact and sustainability of the Senate resolution and “a more consultative process”.

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