Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Over 150 Former International Anti-Apartheid Activists Call on South Africa's ANC to Boycott Israel

Over 150 Former International Anti-Apartheid Activists Call on South Africa's ANC to Boycott Israel

BDS South Africa

October 26, 2012


At the opening plenary of the African National
Congress' (ANC) 3rd International Solidarity
Conference (26-28 October), former Dutch anti-
apartheid activist, Adri Nieuwhof, presented a
statement on behalf of over 150 former international
anti-apartheid activists to the ANC. The call has the
support of signatories from more than 19 countries,
belonging to over 35 organizations. It also has the
backing of long-time international ANC supporters
such as E.S. Reddy, Alice Walker, Victoria Brittain
and Prexy Nesbitt.

The statement begins:

"We - former international anti-apartheid activists -

supported the ANC and the people of South Africa in

their fight for liberation and against apartheid by

mobilizing support for boycott, divestment and

sanctions against the South African apartheid

regime. We succeeded to put the crime of apartheid

on the agenda of political parties, trade unions,

churches.and concerned citizens. We called on

people not to buy apartheid products and we

discouraged tourism to the country. We campaigned

for a weapons embargo, an oil embargo, a

Krugerrand boycott, a sports, academic and

cultaural boycott."

The former international anti-apartheid activists

then go on to express their "deep concern" regarding

Israel's ongoing violations of the rights of the

Palestinian people with "total impunity".

The statement by the former international activists

(who once mobilized in their countries for the

isolation of Apartheid South Africa) specifically calls

on the ANC (South Africa's ruling party) to explicitly

support the Palestinian boycott, divestment and

sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign:

"On the occasion of the 3rd ANC International

Solidarity Conference, we call on the ANC to support

the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom,

justice and equality.. We call on the ANC to

support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment

and sanctions (BDS) as expression of the party's

solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people

to enjoy their rights."

Nieuwhof commented after presenting the statement

on behalf of her international anti-apartheid

counterparts: "We once galvanized world opinion

against Apartheid South Africa, the time is to now

galvanize world opinion against Apartheid Israel. I

am confident that the ANC will heed our call."

Signatories to the call include the former United

Nations Centre Against Apartheid director, E.S.

Reddy; Prexy Nesbitt of the World Council of

Churches Program to Combat Racism; the acclaimed

author and US civil rights activist, Alice Walker;

Mireille Fanon, the daughter of Frantz Fanon and

the current President of the Fanon Foundation;

Victoria Brittain from the UK Anti-Apartheid

Movement and Kate Gilford of the Mozambique

Angola Guinea Bissau Information Committee.

BDS South Africa salutes the former international

anti-apartheid activists who have made this call to

the ANC and are encouraged by their consistency -

they once supported the oppressed South African

people, and now the oppressed Palestinians.

The ANC's 3rd International Solidarity Conference is
taking place this weekend in South Africa's capital
city, Pretoria/Tshwane, and will conclude on

Sunday the 28th of October.

Read the full statement with the names of all the



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