Saturday, November 15, 2014


The Union of Muslim Students’ Association of South Africa welcomes the statement issued by COSAS (Congress of South African Students) last week, to end action of placing pig heads inside Woolworths stores. A COSAS spokesperson initially claimed that the move was in solidarity with the BDS Boycott Woolworths Campaign, which BDS SA later clarified as being incorrect and distanced itself from the action – a response that we condone.

The Union of Muslims Students’ Association supports and encourages the efforts made by BDS SA and other Palestinian solidarity organisations, who have been resolute in getting COSAS to halt such actions. Our collective support of the Palestinian cause and our call to justice is based on ethics, and thus, should be carried out in an ethical manner that is befitting of the cause.

As the Muslim Students’ Association, our sense of justice stems from Islam, and hence, we commit ourselves to conduct and actions that are dignified and in line with Islamic teachings.

In the spirit of justice, equality and solidarity, the Union of Muslim Students’ Association realises the importance of furthering our stance on the Palestinian struggle. We believe that continued, sustained and consistent action must be embraced in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, and we reinforce our support of academic, cultural, and commercial boycotts, divestments and sanctions of Apartheid Israel as a constructive means to do so.

The Union of Muslim Students’ Association will continue to support the call made by the National Coalition for a Free Palestine to boycott targeted retailers. We support the demand for Woolworths, and other stores, to immediately end its trade relations with Israel or face consistent action by concerned South Africans.

With continued action and fervent prayer, may we see a free and liberated Palestine in our lifetime.
Aluta Continua.

Statement issued by the Union of Muslim Students’ Association of South Africa

For more information, contact:

Khadeeja Manjra, Vice President - Union of Muslim Students' Association of South Africa,

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