IAW kicks off in UK & USA next week

SAJR speaks exclusively to SA BDFS coordinator Muhammed Desai, who says that at least three times as many events were planned for South Africa than last year
by ANT KATZ | Feb 19, 2014

SAUJS are ready!

The tenth Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was officially launched in South Africa this week after being delayed by five days by the late international launch of the US-based NGO Boycott, divest and sanction Israel (BDS).

“At a global level, a 25-member IAW International Coordinating Committee is responsible for organising IAW activities across different regions of the world,” says the BDS website. “In South Africa, the IAW South Africa Team, of which BDS South Africa is a member, is constituted of representatives from various South African organisations and universities.”

Sixteen cities have already signed up to host IAW activities between 10 and 16 March, says BDS-SA. These are: Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Orange Farm, Port Elizabeth, Soweto, Mitchells Plain, Pretoria, Grahamstown, Port Shepstone, Stellenbosch, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Soweto, Fleurhof and Aliwal North.

14-IAW international posterThe 12 University campuses involved, say BDS, are: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu- Natal (Durban), University of KwaZulu- Natal (Pietermaritzburg), University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Western Cape, North West University, Vaal University of Technology, Stellenbosch University.


BDS-SA say that the following organisations are either endorsing or participating in IAW 2014: African National Congress Women's League (ANC WL), African National Congress Youth League (ANC YL), Ahlul Bayt Centre of South Africa, Amandla!, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa), Caring Women's Forum (CWF), Centre for Civil Society (CCS), Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU), Coalition for a Free Palestine (CFP), Communication Workers Union (CWU), Congress of South African Students (COSAS), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA), Embassy of Palestine in South Africa, Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), Friends of Cuba (FOCUS), Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, Kairos Southern Africa, Media Review Network (MRN), Mkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), Muslim Professional Network (MPN), Muslim Womens Forum (MWF), Muslim Youth Movement (MYM), National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Open Shuhada Street (OSS), Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA PE), Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), PalS, People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), Pietermaritzburg For Palestine, (PMB4PALESTINE), Police and Prison Civil Right Union (POPCRU), Rhodes University Palestine Solidarity Forum (Rhodes PSF), Runners For The Freedom of Palestine, South African Artists Against Apartheid (SAAAA), South African Communist Party (SACP), South African Council of Churches (SACC), South African Council of Churches Youth Forum (SACCYF), South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU), South African National Defence Union (SANDU), South African Students Congress (SASCO), South African Union of Students (SAUS), Stellenbosch Palestine Solidarity Committee, StopTheJNF, Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN), Union of Muslim Students Association (MSA), University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity (UCT PSF), University of Johannesburg Palestine Solidarity Forum (UJ PSF), University of Western Cape Palestine Solidarity Alliance (UWC PSA), Wits University Palestine Solidarity Forum (Wits PSC), Wits University Writing Centre, Workers World Media Productions (WWMP), World Federation of Trade Union (WFTU), Young Communist League of South Africa (YCL) and Zaytoun South Africa.

1 Comment

  1. 1 Peed Off 21 Feb
    Please tell me where I can sign up to assiswt in this war on Israel. I'll do anything from throwing rose petals to buckets of excrement!


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