Activities and events will be held across 250 cities worldwide; at over 15 South African universities, and more than 25 South Africa cities and towns to mark this week, beginning 10 – 16 March 2014.
The Israeli Apartheid Week is designed to bring about an awareness of the everyday realities of Palestinian people living under siege, occupation, exile and in Diaspora due to the policies of the Occupying Power, Israel.
When the argument whether Israeli policies are akin to Apartheid as was practised by the white minority rule is South Africa is made, there are those who vehemently try to dispute the fact. However, delegations after delegations to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, sometimes even those sponsored by Zionists, return with verdicts of Palestinians being worse off.
World leaders of moral standing, statesmen of repute and freedom activists are convinced that Israeli policies are tantamount to Apartheid. They have independently and often risking their careers, come out to lend their voices, in appeals for sanctions against Israel in the same way Apartheid South Africa became a pariah and hence isolated.
Zionists remain adamant in trying to perpetuate the status quo. At the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual conference recently, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appealed to members of the lobby to continue pressuring Washington to follow policies that favour Israel.
The message from the White House, though apparently unheeded by Netanyahu, indicates that it can no longer be business as usual for Zionists. It is becoming abundantly clear that initiatives such as the BDS campaign as well as awareness campaigns such as Israeli Apartheid Week are having their effect and posing a real threat to Zionism as we know it today.
We commend the African National Congress for their recognition and continued support of the Palestinian Cause in general and also for joining the Confederation of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU), other political parties, student organisations, civil society, human rights organisations, Palestinian solidarity formations and individuals in support of Israeli Apartheid Week.
The Palestinian Cause is a just cause that has been acknowledged as a fight for liberation, a struggle for dignity of humanity and an outstanding challenge that should naturally irk those who care about freedom and human rights.
President Nelson Mandela himself linked our freedom in South Africa to the freedom of Palestinian people when he said: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
We urge the public to join events and programmes of the Israeli Apartheid Week wherever available to acquaint ourselves with the issues around the occupation and the condition of Palestinian people now in the 66th year of their struggle for freedom.
For more information, visit: www.apartheidweek.org
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