Category Archives: Public figure statements

It’s time to renew our pledge and say never never never again by Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela

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SAs we repledge never never and never again the cries of our Palestinian brothers and sisters under siege in Al Aqsa, East Jerusalem and all of occupied Palestine falls on the deaf ears of the world. The hypocrisy of those who claim to mediate peace or promote normalisation but have allowed the proliferation of illegal settler expansion; Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem is a case in point. Ourselves as South Africans erstwhile beneficiaries of global solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Movement cannot sit by idly. We cannot countenance normalisation of trade and travel with Apartheid Israel; we have a moral obligation to do more just as the Palestinian leadership under Fateh despite their own woes shared moral, financial and military support to our struggle. We must legislate support for the BDS campaign as a matter of urgency and quid pro quo for Apartheid Israel’s continued ethnic cleansing, genocide and extermination of Palestinian presence from the Land of their birth.

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South Africa: New Bill Wants SA to Halt Trade With Israel on All Africa

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The Implementation and Protection of Palestinian Solidarity Rights Bill is a citizen’s bill, written by human rights attorney Ziyaad Patel and endorsed by Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, who is one of the ruling party’s parliamentarians. The bill was discussed at an online seminar on 20 March organised by the South African Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Coalition as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. 
… “We know that the Palestinian cause is at a tipping point where Palestinians are undergoing an incremental genocide. South Africa sits with a huge responsibility and we need to be taking the Palestinian cause to the next level,” said Patel.

Continue reading at https://allafrica.com/stories/202103250813.html

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Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs welcomes ICC ruling on jurisdiction in Palestinian territories on The Jordan Times

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The Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs on Tuesday welcomed the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling stating the court has legal jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories, which underlines the legitimacy of international resolutions.
… Based on legal and ethical principles and efforts to achieve global security and peace in accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC had issued a decision stipulating its jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, which it defined as the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the committee’s secretary general, Abdullah Kanaan, told the Jordan News Agency, Petra.
… The ICC ruling could lead to the arrest and criminal investigations of Israel’s political and military leaders accused of war crimes and genocide against unarmed Palestinian civilians, he noted.

Continue reading at http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/royal-committee-jerusalem-affairs-welcomes-icc-ruling-jurisdiction-palestinian

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NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang blasted for comparing BDS to ‘fascist boycotts’ by Sheren Khalel

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Abukar Arman, a political analyst and former diplomat, said Yang’s stance was “a stupid moral equivalence”. Arman said that the BDS movement, which has grown increasingly popular on college campuses over the years, “is the only mechanism available to people of conscience to hold [the] last apartheid regime in the world” accountable for its 70 years of “systematic genocide”. 

Continue reading at https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/andrew-yang-nyc-mayoral-candidate-bds

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Morocco’s Islamist backing for Israel normalisation is a game changer by Khalil al-Anani

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Before he became the head of government, Othmani railed against the establishment of normal relations with Israel in the absence of Palestinian rights, writing an article entitled “Normalization Is a Civilizational Genocide” that was strongly critical of Egypt’s and Jordan’s normalisation of relations with Israel in 1979 and 1994, respectively.

Othmani’s signature on the normalisation deal with Israel is thus unprecedented, marking the first time that the head of an Islamic party has signed such an agreement – and calling into question the credibility of Islamists with regards to the Palestinian cause.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/morocco-israel-normalisation-islamists-could-face-major-repercussions

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Shohini Ghosh on Love Queer Cinema. Hate Apartheid. hosted by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement

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As is known across the world, the government of Israel has, over the decades, carried out systematic and genocidal violence against the people of Palestine, whose land they illegally occupy. The Israeli government has established a regime that is brazenly discriminatory, majoritarian, racist, and Islamophobic. I see such an opposition to be urgent, because people and governments across the world are beginning to find acceptable the absolute violation of the rights and liberties of certain citizens, and the decimation of social and cultural fabrics…

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West Bank annexation and peace by Rustam Shah Mohmand

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 Washington continued to patronise Israel encouraging its usurpation of more Arab land, creating more illegal settlements, displacing more Palestinians and ruthlessly pursuing its policy of apartheid and acting in defiance of international law and UN resolutions. In reward for its policy of genocide and international law violation, Washington provides it annual assistance of more than $3 billion.

Continue reading at https://tribune.com.pk/story/2252693/west-bank-annexation-and-peace

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