The repudiation of the boycott by council is an important victory over BDS-aligned groups (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) which have been pressuring the university to cut ties with Israel. The unconstitutional resolution would have discriminated against Jewish and Christian students and academics, and severely undermined academic freedom.
The council has now sent the motion back to the senate to consider the ramifications that such an action would have. These include the erosion of academic freedom at UCT, permanent reputational damage, a fall in international university rankings, the loss of quality students and academics wishing to pursue their work without restriction, the risk of counter-boycott measures by international universities, and the perception that UCT is not a friendly place for Jewish students....
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