Mandela’s grandson at Palestine Expo: ‘We have a moral duty to support the BDS’ on Middle East Monitor

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My brothers and sisters; Palestine Expo reminds us of the reality of a nation that has now withstood 71 years of the Nakba. It reminds us of homes, farms and villages that was once home to a vibrant community with a proud history, culture, language and cuisine that has been usurped and occupied in gross violation of international law. Seven decades of ethnic cleansing and genocide perpetrated in the name of the myth of a land without people, for a people without land.

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LETTER: Palestine campaign is no more antisemitic than Black Sash was anti-white by Terry Crawford-Browne

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While the term “apartheid” originated in SA it now also applies under international law to other countries, such as Israel, that systematically discriminate against Palestinians. The Israeli government is also guilty of genocide and war crimes as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which all European governments, as well as our own, are obligated to enforce.

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Letter to Conference entitled ‘Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma’, hosted at Stellenbosch University, 5-9 December 2018 by South African civil society groups

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Colleagues in Palestine have called on solidarity organizations and all people of conscience to ratchet-up solidarity work in the light of what Israeli academic, Ilan Pappe, has termed, ‘incremental genocide’ in Gaza. Most recent developments include the mass shootings of March of Return protestors in Gaza. In the past few months hundreds of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza including medical personnel, journalists and children have been killed for demonstrating for their right to return to their land.

LETTER: Correct move on nuclear weapons treaty by Terry Crawford-Browne

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Without compunction, the Israeli government commits genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against Palestinians, and mistakenly thinks it can get away with such thuggery.

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Analysis: History has humiliated May over ‘terrorist’ Mandela – supporters of apartheid Israel will be next by David Jamieson

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Exploitation or genocide?

These are the limits to the apartheid analogy. Ultimately, the South African regime was overthrown by the black working class, who were empowered by the white minority’s dependence on their labour.

The Israeli state depends on massive foreign aid, not Palestinian labour. Consequently, huge numbers of Palestinians are unemployed and living in extreme poverty. Economic life in parts of Palestine, particularly the brutalised Gaza strip, has essentially broken down.

But the limits to the analogy are instructive to the violent dynamic of Israeli occupation. The Palestinians confront the Israeli state not as a dangerous necessity, but as an obstacle without value to the state.

That is why rather than exploit Palestinians, the Israeli state kills them, starves them, humiliates them, throws them off their land and forces them into exile.

In most of the textbooks given to Israeli children at state school, the occupied West Bank and Gaza do not exist. The Palestinian people are gone.

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Chief Mandla Mandela calls on SA to back UN vote to protect Palestinians on IOL

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“For decades Apartheid Israel has acted with impunity and in violation of international law. In full view of the international community it has committed acts of genocide and terrorised children, women and innocent Palestinian citizens,” said Chief Mandla Mandela.

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South Africa: Charge Apartheid Israel With Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity – Mandla Mandela After Solidarity March on News24 Wire

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ANC MP Mandla Mandela has called for “apartheid Israel” to be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity following the recent killing of dozens of protesting Palestinians by Israeli forces.

“We support the South African government and other UN member states that have called for an independent inquiry into the most recent killings and hold those responsible accountable for these heinous actions,” he said in a statement issued after he accepted a memorandum following a solidarity march through the streets of Cape Town to Parliament by what is estimated to be thousands of sympathisers.

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Gaza is facing genocide. Why are we and our South African government now so silent? by Terry Crawford-Browne

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In terms of international law, the Palestine catastrophe is a matter of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Let us on Nabka Day, 15th send a message of solidarity to Palestinians, but equally to our government and the world that Israel is an apartheid and gangster state.

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Mandla Mandela demands the release of Palestinian child activist on Sowetan Live

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In a statement on Friday Mandela said after the brutality meted out to teenagers like Tamimi‚ the ‘’moral thing to do’’ was for South Africa to send the Israeli ambassador home and cut ties with that country.

“We want to send this message to our comrades in the Palestinian resistance‚ both those living under occupation as well as the millions living in forced exile; we shall stand by you in the struggle for a free Palestine‚’’ said Mandela‚ grandson of former president Nelson Mandela.

“Today we declare for all the world to hear that South Africa is no friend of Apartheid Israel and we condemn the ongoing tyranny‚ brutality and acts of genocide.’’

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Pro-Palestine group to march to Parliament on Jacaranda FM News

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The PSC’s Terry Crawford-Browne says they want answers from the African National Congress (ANC).

“The ANC is meeting in conference this weekend. One of the resolutions before the conference is the downgrading of diplomatic relations of Israel. The government has verbally declared its support for Palestine but has done nothing in practice internationally. This is a major disappointment to the South Africans that assumed that human rights would govern foreign policy post-1994… We want them to immediately sever diplomatic relations with the apartheid state of Israel. We want the ANC government to support a Palestinian application to the International Criminal Court of charges against the leaders of both the Israeli and US governments of genocide.”

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