We are delighted to announce that on 28 August, the Music Department of Wits University will be hosting a concert by the renowned Daniel Zamir Israeli jazz quartet. The concert will take place in the Wits Great Hall and is open to the public.
Earlier this year, as reported in the Jewish press and elsewhere, a piano recital by the Israeli-born musician Yossi Reshef was forcibly disrupted and brought to a premature close by anti-Israel demonstrators, led by members of the Wits Student Representative Council. This incident disrupted the sense of belonging of many Jewish students on the Wits campus. The Wits administration immediately condemned this flagrant breach of its own regulations and has since implemented disciplinary procedures against those responsible. It has also unequivocally asserted the right for protected free spaces on the Wits campus for all in the Wits community, including for Israeli artists. In this regard it has committed itself to doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the forthcoming concert on campus will be allowed to proceed without being disrupted.
We hope very much to see as many members of our Jewish community as possible attending this event. The concert, in addition to the high calibre of the artists who will be performing, also represents an important public demonstration of the right to freedom of expression on our university campuses. The more successful it is in terms of the number of those in attendance, the more resounding will be the message sent to the academic community at large and specifically to those who seek to deny others their democratic right to listen to whoever they wish to, regardless of political affiliation or nationality.
Book for the concert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling or SMSing Karen on 074 841 0555. Parking will be in Senate House basement.