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South Africa Commences Events of Israeli Apartheid Week.

JOHANSPERG,

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 nature.

Israeli

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.

It

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.

The

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."

M.H

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