South Africa Commences Events of Israeli Apartheid Week.
March 3, 2015 (WAFA) -- South Africa Monday began a weeklong international
campaign to shed light on the policies used by Israel against Palestinians and its
Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including
rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, films and
workshops) held in over 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe.
is endorsed in South Africa by more than 75 organizations, trade unions, political
parties and other groups and aims to raise awareness of Israel's apartheid
policies towards the indigenous Palestinians and serves to garner support for
the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel
campaign, which seeks to bring an end to Israel's apartheid policies and
violations of international law.
campaign's website said that as the world had previously rallied and supported
South Africans in its struggle against Apartheid, "We have the opportunity to
'give-back' by joining the international movement in solidarity with
the indigenous Palestinian people (and their progressive Israeli allies) who
are struggling against Israeli Apartheid - participating in Israeli Apartheid
Week (IAW) is one such form of solidarity."
One of the endorsers of the
campaign, the National Coalition 4 Palestine (NC4P) issued a statement in
Support of C[logical not]the Israeli Apartheid Week saying; they "express
outrage at the ongoing Israeli occupation and siege of Palestinian territories
in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip."
The statement reflected on Israeli
policies of "land theft, home demolitions, the establishment of Bantustans, and
pass laws limiting Palestinian freedom of movement," saying they stand as a
reminder of South Africans' past.
"We can no longer ignore the
brutality of the Israeli regime -- most recently illustrated in July and August
last year when over 2000 Palestinians were murdered during Operation Protective
Edge in Gaza," NC4P said.
The coalition called on all South
Africans to support and participate in the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which
will take place across South Africa from 2 to 8 March 2015.
According to NC4P the only way to
force Israel into putting an end to its Apartheid is by joining the
international community's efforts. Therefore, NC4P supports Palestinian civil society's
call for a comprehensive set of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
measures to be implemented against the Apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.
The campaign includes ending the
sale of Israeli goods in South Africa and encouraging South Africans to support
the sustained and targeted campaign against Woolworths in this regard.
Boycott Woolworths actions will form
a key component of Israeli Apartheid Week, said the coalition.
It also called on the South African
government to end all ties with Israel by expelling the Israeli ambassador to
South Africa, and recalling South Africa's ambassador from Tel Aviv.
"The National Prosecuting Authority
(NPA) must prosecute those South Africans illegally serving in the Israeli Defense
Forces, and those who have participated in previous Israeli attacks on Gaza and
the Occupied Palestinian Territories."
The statement concluded affirming
that "Apartheid was wrong for South Africans, and is wrong for Palestinians,
and we will continue to mobilize all freedom-loving South Africans to fight
against Israeli Apartheid."
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|Date:||Mar 3, 2015|
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