Letter to UJ from Christian leaders (Southern Africa)

Dear Vice Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg,

We, participants at the Kairos Southern Africa conference, that met from 3 - 4 April 2011 in Johannesburg, want to express our heartfelt appreciation to your University for its recent decision to terminate its agreement with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University.  We applaud this major signal of support for non-violent Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation and their struggle for justice and freedom. Only justice will secure peace, security and reconciliation for all the people of that region.

Kairos Southern Africa is an ecumenical movement that takes forward the legacy of the 1985 South African Kairos document and that is in solidarity with Kairos Palestine, a Palestinian Christian grouping (see http://www.kairospalestine.ps/ ).

Yours truly,
Reverends Frank Chikane, Cedric Mayson, Mautji Pataki (General Secretary of South African Council of Churches) and 45 others.

Full List of Signatories:

Alcino Moiana, Council of Churches in Zambia (Zambia),
Rev. Andrew Chulu, United Churches of Zambia (Zambia)
Aruna Shantha Nonis, Young Men's Christian Association (Sri Lanka)
Pastor Brian Martin, Africa Peace Network (South Africa)
Dr Caryn Abrahams, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation (South Africa)
Rev. Cedric Mayson
Rev. Dinis Matsolo, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Mozambique (Mozambique)
Rev. Director Eilert Rostrup, Director of the Karibu Foundation (Norway)
Rev. Douglas Torr, Anglican Church of Southern Africa (South Africa)
Ms. Dudu Masango, World Council of Churches Ecumenical Accompanier Program (South Africa)
Rev. Edwin Arrison, Kairos South Africa (Hermanus, South Africa)
Emad Al Jelda, (Gaza, Palestine)
Felicity Sikhakhane, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Diocese of Natal, Deputy Chairperson (South Africa)
Rev. Frank Chikane
Fr. Dr Jamal Khader, Bethlehem University (Bethlehem, Palestine)
Rev. Dr Levee Kadenge, Institute for Theological Reflection and Liberation Today (Zimbabwe)
Rev. M “Dix” Sibeko, Methodist Church of South Africa (South Africa)
Rev. Malcolm Damon, Economic Justice Network (South Africa)
Marthie Momberg, Independent writer and researcher (South Africa)
Matjako Nkhahle, Lesotho Church (Lesotho)
Rev. Mautji Pataki, General Secretary of South African Council of Churches (South Africa)
Meta Floor, Kerk in Actie (Netherlands)
Rev. Michael Deeb, Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (South Africa)
Michel Nseir, Kairos (Jerusalem, Palestine)
Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb, Diyar Consortium (Bethlehem, Palestine)
Rev. Dr Modisa Mzondi, Back to Basics- Kago Leswa (South Africa)
Rev. Moss Ntlha, Kairos (South Africa)
Rev. Dr Naim Ateek, Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre (Jerusalem)
Nidal Abu Zuluf, Kairos (Bethlehem, Palestine)
Rev. Nomsa Nomqolo, Methodist Church of South Africa (South Africa)
Nora Carmi, Kairos (Bethlehem, Palestine)
Nora Kort, Human Rights Worker (Jerusalem, Palestine)
Rev. Ntombekhaya Belu, Chaplain at the Department of Correctional Services (South Africa)
Rifat Kassis, Kairos Palestine Coordinator (Bethlehem, Palestine)
Rev. Sipho Sokhela, Young Men's Christian Association (South Africa)
Rev. Sue Brittion, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Diocese of Natal (South Africa)
Fr. Symon Matumbo, Anglican Church in Malawi, Malawi Council of Churches (Malawi)
Thembela Njenga, Ecumenical Service for Socioeconomic Transformation(South Africa)
Yasmine Khoury, Kairos Palestine (Jerusalem, Palestine)
Dr Zolile Mlisana, Emfuleni Missions Church (South Africa)
Rev. Zwanini Shabalala, Council of Swaziland Churches (Swaziland)
Rev. Zwelidumile Tom, Anglican Church of Southern Africa (South Africa)

[Institutional names are for identification purposes only]