Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa: 11 – 17 March 2013

 
Next month between the 11th and 17 of March, South Africa will host the 9th international Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign that takes places annually during February and March around the globe in over 250 cities.
 
9TH INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK (IAW) 11-17 March 2013 (South African dates) See below for more info and on how to get involved (or visit www.bdssouthafrica.com)
 
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops) held in cities, communities and campuses across the globe (click here for videos, photos and other resources from last year’s 2012 IAW). IAW raises awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies toward the indigenous Palestinians and serves to garner support for the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign which seeks to bring an end to Israel’s apartheid policies and violations of international law.
 
For us South Africans and our liberation, people of the world had mobilized 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!
 
9TH INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK (IAW) 11-17 March 2013 (South African dates)
 
BACKGROUND
Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of Apartheid, said in 1963: “Israel, like South Africa, is an Apartheid State”. Since then there have been several senior –and more appropriate– South Africans who have compared Apartheid South Africa to current-day Israel, including: Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg, Kader Asmal, Blade Nzimande, Zwelinzima Vavi and Winnie Mandela. Most recently, the African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson, Baleka Mbete, at the ANC’s 2012 International Solidarity Conference, also shared this position. And, in fact, our own Deputy President, Kgalema Mothlante, has gone even further in stating that: “the current situation for Palestinians…[under the Israel regime] is worse than conditions were for Blacks under the Apartheid regime”. The South African Government itself has on two separate occasions (statement 1, statement 2) condemned Israeli practices toward the indigenous Palestinians as “reminiscent of Apartheid”. But beyond comparisons, there is also a growing paper trail. In 2009, in a 300-page report commissioned by the South African government, the SA Human Sciences Research Council found that Israel is practicing a form of apartheid. This position was then confirmed by the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which sat in Cape Town in November 2011. In March 2012 the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made similar findings, and last month, on the 31st of January 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a scathing report in Geneva, Switzerland, on the state of human rights in Israel, finding that a form of “institutionalized discrimination” is practiced by Israel.
 
 
ABOUT ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK (IAW) AND THE IAW SOUTH AFRICA TEAM
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops) held in over 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe. IAW raises awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies toward the indigenous Palestinians and serves to garner support for the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign which seeks to bring an end to Israel’s apartheid policies and violations of international law.
 
At a global level a 15-member IAW International Coordinating Committee is responsible for facilitating IAW  across the different regions of the world. In South Africa, the IAW South Africa Team, of which BDS South Africa is a primary member, is constituted of representatives from various South African cities, communities and university campuses. These IAW South Africa Team representatives are responsible for coordinating IAW events in their respective South African cities/communities/campuses/workplaces. You can participate in IAW by either making contact with one of the IAW South Africa Team representatives (iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org) in your city/community/campus or if no representative is available in your city/community/campus then by arranging your own IAW event/s in your city/community/campus or workplace. Click here for videos, photos and other resources from last year’s 2012 Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).
 
 
IAW NATIONAL FILM SCREENING OF “JERUSALEM: EAST SIDE STORY”
The IAW South Africa Team has selected the full-feature documentary film, “Jerusalem: East Side Story” as this year’s official IAW South Africa film. The movie will be screened as part of IAW 2013 at several South African universities, schools, community centers and workplaces (click here for a review of the film). If you would like to screen this movie, as part of IAW 2013, send us a message at iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org and we will arrange a copy of the movie for you to screen in your city, community, campus or workplace. We will also list your screening on the official IAW 2013 National Film Screening programme (due to be published shortly).
 
 
10 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK (IAW)
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) offers ordinary people around the world an opportunity to partake in a truly global campaign. Here are some ways that you can actively get involved:
 
1.  Contact an IAW South Africa Team representative in your city, community or university There are IAW South Africa Team representatives in most major South African cities, towns and universities. Send us an email (iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org) and we will connect you with the IAW South Africa Team representatives in your city/community/university. If there aren’t any IAW South Africa Team representatives in your city/community/university then you can get involved by organizing your own IAW event/s! If you would like to get involved and organize your own IAW event or action let us know so that we can share with you the IAW Basis of Unity and Principles.
2. Arrange a film screening of “Jerusalem: East Side Story” < – – – – – The IAW South Africa Team has selected the full-feature documentary film, “Jerusalem: East Side Story” as this year’s official IAW South Africa film. The movie will be screened as part of IAW 2013 at several South African universities, schools and community centers. If you would like to screen this movie, as part of IAW, send us a message at iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org and we will arrange a copy of the movie for you (click here for a review of the film). 3. Host a launch of the music album “Amandla Intifada II” As part of –and for– Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the Mavrix Music Band together with the South African Artists Against Apartheid collective will launch their new music album, “Amandla Intifada II”. Last year during –and for IAW 2012– the Mavrix Music Band launched their popular track, “The New Black“. You can assist by holding a launch concert/event in your city/community/campus/workplace: the Mavrix Music Band and the SA Artists Against Apartheid collective will bring the artists, sound, equipment etc. you simply arrange the venue and audience! For more info send us an email at iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org 4. Join the graffiti initiative. The South African Artists Against Apartheid collective are calling on fellow street-artists and graffiti-writers to participate in Israeli Apartheid (IAW) 2013 by creating works with “Israeli Apartheid” as the theme. You too, with other artists, friends and activists can create your own painting/mural/graffiti. Remember to send us your video and photo footage. See this short YouTube video of graffiti from last year’s IAW 2012: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHr-flbfWsQ 5. Arrange a lecture, workshop, rally or protest – be creative! There are many speakers that we can suggest (and arrange) for you to host in your city/community/campus/workplace. Send us an email at iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org and we can put you in contact with an appropriate speaker. Alternatively, arrange a protest against a store or company that stocks Israeli products such as Ahava Cosmetics (found in Stuttafords, Truworths, Foschini and at kiosks in several malls), SodaStream (found in Makro, Shoprite, Pick ‘n Pay, Spar etc.) and Israeli Fresh Produce (found in Woolworths stores). Be creative! Draw attention to Israel’s Apartheid policies and practices by building a mock Israeli Apartheid Wall or Checkpoint, organizing a flash mob, host a music concert or arrange a poetry reading. 6. Assist with putting up posters and distributing flyers Israeli Apartheid Week posters, flyers and stickers are available online. Download, print, distribute and help us in spreading the word. Click here to visit our website with the downloadable files.
7. Join us online – #IAW2013 Help us spread the word online. Click here for the IAW South Africa Facebook page and click here for the IAW South Africa Twitter page (remember to use the hashtag #IAW2013). Also, you can download and use this IAW South Africa Team Facebook and Twitter profile picture: www.mediafire.com/?f210ju3f4zz2ctw
8. Want to arrange Israeli Apartheid Week in another African country?
This year Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place in Swaziland, Botswana and Malawi amongst other African countries. If you are from an African country and would like to participate in IAW 2013 make contact with us ASAP at iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org so that we can liaise with you as well as possibly send through necessary information and materials.
 
9. Have your organization endorse the IAW 2013 campaign < – – – – –
Do you belong to an organization, community forum, trade union, human rights group etc.? Your organization can endorse the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2013 campaign by sending a message to iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org.  In 2012 the following organizations, amongst others, had all endorsed the IAW 2012 campaign: COSATU, SACP, YCL, SASCO, Kairos Southern Africa, South African Council of Churches, Kaleidoscope LGBTQ, MSA and others.
 
10. Assist us financially by making a tax-deductible donate < – – – – –
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) organizing and events rely solely on community contributions. If you would like to donate to this initiative, you can do so online via PayPal or through a direct bank deposit. Click here to donate to BDS South Africa (the organization that will in turn contribute all funds to IAW organizing, just remember to put IAW in the reference line): www.bdssouthafrica.com/2012/02/donate.html
 
 
IAW SOUTH AFRICA TEAM
WWW.APARTHEIDWEEK.ORG
IAWSOUTHAFRICA@APARTHEIDWEEK.ORG
 
THE IAW SOUTH AFRICA TEAM IS MADE UP OF 35 MEMBERS STRETCHED ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA. PARTNERS AND PARTICIPATING GROUPS INCLUDE:
CITIES: Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Orange Farm, Port Elizabeth, Soweto | UNIVERSITIES: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban), University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermartizburg), University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand | NATIONAL: BDS South Africa, Coalition for a Free Palestine, MSA, Open Shuhada Street, Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, South African Artists Against Apartheid, South African Municipal Workers Union, South African Students Congress, StopTheJNF and the Young Communist League of South Africa.
If your organization would like to participate or endorse Israeli Apartheid Week 2013 send us an email at: iawsouthafrica@apartheidweek.org

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