By: Qaanitah Hunter 08-03-2012
The success of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) thus far has been absolutely phenomenal, according to spokesperson for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in South Africa, Muhammad Desai.
He said that this year’s turn out at events were unprecedented.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and universities across the globe.
Describing the huge crowds that attended the activities, Desai said, “At the University of Witwatistrand yesterday, they actually turned back 50 to 100 people because they couldn’t accommodate them in the venue.”
He mentioned that in Port Elizabeth, for the first time ever, there were about three to four hundred people who packed a room to listen to Ronnie Kasrils, the former South African Minister of Intelligence speak about the plight of the Palestinian people.
“The support has really increased this year,” Desai reiterated.
He attributed the large numbers to the South African Students Congress having lent its full support to the initiative.
“Also because this year, Israeli Apartheid Week has moved from its traditional home which are the University campuses, to the communities and the community centers,” Desai said.
He predicted that the events that are yet to take place will also be successful.
“The energy is still there, it will definitely carry us through the week and more so through the year.”
More information on the IAW can be found here.