Apr. 3, 2019
South African Activists at University of Michigan Talk Apartheid, Arab-Israeli Conflict – Liat Weinstein (Michigan Daily-Ann Arbor)
On Monday, South African activists and educators Klaas Mokgomole and Mmamalema Molepo spoke to students about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and South Africa.
Mokgomole was an active member of the BDS student group at the University of Witwatersrand. Molepo, a student at the University of Cape Town, believed Israel was an apartheid state. Both said they now think BDS lied to them about Israel.
Molepo said, “Israel is still where a lot of Palestinians go to school. Israel is still where a lot of Palestinians get their food from. Israel is still where a lot of Palestinians get their water from.”
“Gaza gets their electricity from Israel and the one thing you never hear is that whenever the ‘right to return’ marches happen, people actually burn down the power stations in Gaza. So it becomes a thing where people lose power and the Israel Defense Forces has to go and fix that.”
After getting expelled from his university for antagonizing Jewish students, Mokgomole visited Israel for the first time and asked an Israeli airport employee for the “Blacks-only bathroom.” He was surprised to receive a silent stare in response.