UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum (PSF) chairperson Alex Hotz said they did not understand the council’s logic of sending the decision back to senate, when senate had already voted to sanction all Israeli universities operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and all Israeli universities enabling the violation of human rights.
The forum urged the senate to reaffirm its decision to sanction the universities engaged in the “violation of human rights”.
“As the PSF, we call for complete Palestinian liberation, not just an end to the Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. However, we recognise that this is an important step towards the ultimate liberation.”
Hotz said this is a significant victory. “It is very noteworthy that by council’s resolution, we have lost nothing. We have only gained and advanced - not as much as we had hoped. It is an important step towards UCT adopting the academic boycott of Israel,” Hotz said.