ECO­NOMIC PRES­SURE

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Robin­son is not alone in her quest for peace within the volatile coun­try, the cause for the rights of Pales­tini­ans is fought on a larger scale by an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Boy­cott, Di­vest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS), which calls on South Africans not to ig­nore what is hap­pen­ing to Pales­tini­ans and bring aware­ness of the hu­man rights atroc­i­ties. Robin­son came into con­tact with the or­gan­i­sa­tion in her ori­en­ta­tion ses­sions be­fore leav­ing for He­bron. Its aim is three­fold: end the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion of the West Bank and Gaza, the right of re­turn for refugees that cur­rently re­side in refugee camps and for Pales­tini­ans liv­ing in Is­rael to be treated equally and have equal rights. The main tool which the or­gan­i­sa­tion uses is to create aware­ness of the hu­man rights abuses among stu­dents at univer­sity level.

Muhammed De­sai, the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of BDS, ex­plains why. “We fol­low the same strategy of how apartheid was fought and con­quered, with day-to-day ac­tivism that starts with those that are most likely to change them­selves and then be­come the fu­ture lead­ers – those at univer­sity level.” The or­gan­i­sa­tion does not fol­low any spe-

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