University World News: University mulls ties with Ben-Gurion

University mulls ties with Ben-Gurion
University World News [20_03_11]

The University of Johannesburg held a seminar last Wednesday to begin deliberating the future of its academic ties with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, writes Ben Hartman for the Jerusalem Post.

Academics from across South Africa, as well as officials from Amnesty International, gathered to discuss a report released by the university on Tuesday titled Findings on Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: Institutional complicity and active collaboration with Israeli military, occupation and apartheid practices.

The seminar was the latest development in a campaign launched by UJ in September 2010, when more than 250 South African academics and supporters such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu called on the university to sever ties with Ben-Gurion. In particular, the move would end cooperation on water purification research, a programme launched about 18 months ago.
Full report on the Jerusalem Post site