Cii News | 11 February 2013
The 9th International Israeli Week is scheduled to take place in South Africa between the 11-17 March 2013.
It is an annual international series of events including rallies, lectures and cultural performances held in cities, communities and campuses across the globe.
According to the organisers, the objective of the week of activism is to create awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies toward the Palestinians.
It also seeks to garner support for the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS campaign.
The effort is being spearheaded amongst other organisation by BDS South Africa. Spokesperson, Muhammad Desai, told Cii News that they expect this year to be bigger than previous campaigns.
Last year, just over 250 cities took part in this campaign and this year we are looking to increase that to at least 300.”
He called on people to get involved in whatever way possible. “People can hos lectures or any sort of event in their communities. They can get in touch with us by visiting the website www.bdssouthafrica.com.
The BSD South Africa statement announcing the campaign dates highlighted the importance for South Africans in particular to participate.
For “… our liberation, people of the world had mobilised in their hundreds of thousands – if not millions. During the 1980s, they held protests, music concerts, free Nelson Mandela events, lectures, film screenings, boycott actions and a host of other events to raise awareness of Apartheid South Africa’s racist policies and to build support for the successful boycott, divestment and sanctions against South Africa campaign. Today, we have the opportunity of giving-back by joining the international movement in solidarity with the indigenous Palestinian people against Israeli Apartheid – participating in Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is one such form of solidarity!” is read.