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Thursday, March 24, 2011

University of Johannesburg cuts ties to Israel

As of April 1, the University of Johannesburg is officially joining the BDS movement by ending its relationship with Ben Gurion University (Hat Tip: Russel H).
But the fierce moral urgency of supporting the 'Palestinians' could yet leave South Africa without drinking water. Ben-Gurion University however had been working with UJ on finding a method to clean algae that has infested South Africa's drinking water.

The severing of ties meant the project was likely to come an end, leaving UJ without access to BGU's extensive water expertise.

"There has been quite a lot of scare mongering that if the partnership breaks, South Africa will be confined to bad water quality," Habib said.

"The quality of our water is suffering because we are not spending the type of money on cleaning water that we need to, and not employing skill sets required.

"We can deal with acid rain water in the region if we are prepared to spend money."


Habib said individual professors from UJ would be allowed to keep up existing partnerships with BGU.

"That is something for individual academics to determine, but it depends on whether BGU allows this or not."

UJ's severing of ties with came amidst talk of steep water tariff increases and a warning South Africa could run out of water within the next ten years if nothing was done to supplement water resources.

The Environment and Conservation Association has said that by 2015, 80% of South Africa's fresh water would be so badly polluted that no purification process in the country would make it fit for consumption.

The impending disaster that would be created by acid mine drainage, as well as by sewerage and industrial pollution, had on many occasions been brought to the government's attention, with no positive results, the association said.
Someone please tell me that the academics here will at least return the favor and let them drink sea water. Maybe they can even import it from Gaza. Yasser Arafat tried it and said it was pretty good.


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At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt, Yasser was the world's biggest proponent of drinking seawater. He regularly lectured Israel on its dietary benefits, though as I recall, he was for whatever reason most interested that Zionists experience its briny delights..

At 3:19 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I am not sure of the date of your post, but today, 24 March, the BBC news broadcast a programme about South African farmers. They are white, and like Zimbabwe before, these white farmers are being told to get out of South Africa, that the government will pay for their land but they have to leave. So they are going to Georgia(Caucasus not USA!) where they are being welcomed with open arms, because they are considered some of the best in the world.
So soon they also won't be able to grow their own food and will have to eat diamonds and gold - if the companies will let them, which I doubt! Hah!


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