BDS supporters at top South African university manipulate image of Anne Frank, vandalize campus with anti-Israel graffiti
Johannesburg – Flyers featuring a doctored image of Anne Frank have been used to promote a campaign by anti-Israel students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,South Africa.
First spotted on campus on Wednesday, the flyers show Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust whose diary became one of the most widely-read books in the world, wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh.
The Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), which is currently hosting its annual “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) campaign on campus, said the flyers include “amazing art work from one of our members,” identified as Nuraan Khan.
In a statement shared online, Khan claimed the flyers draw “attention to the fact that the same racism, hardship and
oppression that was faced by Jews during Nazi times is being repeated in modern times.”
“Since Palestine has been under Israeli oppression for about 50 years now, there are only 50 flyers,” she added. “These will be put up in various public spaces around Wits.”
According to photos uploaded by Khan, the flyers have been posted in at least 35 different locations.
The South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) expressed “disgust” at the initiative, calling it “a gross form of cultural appropriation towards a figure that is symbolic of the plight of the Jewish people.”
“Last year, we saw PSC supporters goose-stepping and performing mock Nazi salutes in front of SAUJS students,” the group’s national and Wits chairpersons wrote. “This year, the PSC has once again resorted to making spiteful allusions to the Holocaust, knowing full well how insulting it is to Jewish people.”