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A view of South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand (file photo)

A view of South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand (file photo)

In support of the oppressed Palestinians in the occupied lands, students at a South African university have imposed “an academic and cultural” boycott on the Israeli regime. In a Monday statement, the University of the Witwatersrand's student representative council also called for an immediate probe into “any academic, financial and cultural relations” with Israeli universities. Last year, the University of Johannesburg cut its academic cooperation with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University. Many South Africans slam the treatment of the Palestinians by Israelis, equaling the move with their former Apartheid regime's abuse of blacks. Proposals for the academic boycott of Israel have been inspired by the historic academic boycotts of the Apartheid regime of South Africa that were an attempt to pressure the regime to end its abuse of blacks. Proposals for the boycott of Tel Aviv have also been made by academics and organizations in Britain. The goal of the boycotts is to isolate Israel in order to force a change in its oppressive and discriminatory policies towards the Palestinians. DB/HMV