MEDIA RELEASE: Singing of "idubula" at Wits University protest
The South African protest song "idubula" was adapted to “idubula ijuda” and sung by some protesters at a recent protest at Wits University against the performance of an Israeli musician at an event hosted by local supporters of Israel. BDS South Africa was one of the organizations which participated in the protest together with other student and civil society groups.
The board and staff of BDS South Africa condemn any and all incitement to violence and racism – including anti-Semitism and Zionism- even if it were to come from within our ranks. Given our history of work against racism, including anti-Semitism, we unequivocally distance ourselves from the singing of this song and its sentiments. Also, to tarnish all Jews with the Zionist brush is racism regardless of who does it. Racism is racism and racism is abominable.
While we call for constant vigilance against all racism, it is unfortunate but not unexpected that supporters of Israel will focus on the singing of this song. The purpose and context of the protest were and remain the larger struggle against Israeli apartheid, Israel's illegal Occupation and its violation of Palestinian rights.
ISSUED BY PROFESSOR FARID ESACK ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF BDS SOUTH AFRICA.
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