Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa) said Associate Professor Mohamed Adhikari and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) have both withdrawn from the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) conference in Israel, which started on Sunday.
“The withdrawal follows a letter by BDS SA to Professor Adhikari requesting him to withdraw from the INoGS conference. We thank Professor Adhikari for responding to us and for the position taken,” BDS South Africa spokesman, Kwara Kekana said.
1. The Palestine solidarity and human rights organisation BDS South Africa has received written communication from Professor Adhikari (Vice
— BDS South Africa (@BDSsouthafrica) June 24, 2016
Adhikari who specializes in mixed race identity politics and genocide studies specifically related to “settler colonialism” is vice president of the INoGS.
Both decisions were apparently based on the conference taking place in Israel which they said violated the “international boycott” of Israel.
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— Monte OZ (@MonteOzAfrica) June 25, 2016
Palestinians also issued a statement welcoming the withdrawal by the South Africans, saying the move was “admirable and consistent with a pursuit for social justice”.