Mar 7, 2012

#BDS #IAW: Week of Resistance Against Israeli Apartheid and Colonialism - Beirut #Lebanon

"Announcing the 3rd annual Week of Resistance Against Israeli Apartheid and Colonialism in Beirut, March 12th-16th, 2012, as a part of global Israeli Apartheid Week movement (IAW).

Please join us for a week of events that aims to raise awareness about the colonial Apartheid nature of the Zionist state and to support activities of resistance against Israeli Apartheid."

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#BDS: To boycott or not to boycott

"Neil Coppen interviews Iain Ewok Robinson about Israeli Apartheid week and his boycott of the Hilton Arts Festival last year.

In September last year, a day before Iain Ewok Robinson (KZN poet/performer and activist) was scheduled to perform at the Hilton Arts Festival he pulled out. His absence he hoped would draw attention to the inclusion of an Israeli theatre company in the festival programme while showing solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians.

Robinson and I have always enjoyed healthy, if not heated, discussions and shortly after his boycott of Hilton I wrote him a long letter part criticism and part inquiry.

I was asking why he had stood up school audience with barely 24 hours’ notice and left a cultural festival (which has supported him over the years) in a programming lurch. I deemed his no show as an “ultimately ineffectual action”. In the letter I asked Iain just how successful he thought his boycott action really was and wondered if there was perhaps not a better means of getting one’s message across by using the platform of an arts festival to educate audiences on the cause.

Many South African artists are faced with a similar dilemma and there seems to be an argument that rages every few months in the national press whenever a South African (be it individual or organization) decides to perform on Israeli turf or host Israeli artists here in South Africa."

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#BDS Israeli apartheid week kicks off in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, (PIC)-- The cultural week against the Israeli apartheid regime in occupied Palestine were launched in more than 13 South African cities in the context of global activities and events taking place in about 90 cities around the world. These events include university seminars, lectures, documentaries movies, photo galleries and many other activities on the apartheid system pursued by Israel. Many prominent international and local figures and Palestinians are participating in these anti-apartheid events throughout South Africa.In a joint press release the Muslim Judicial Council and Al Quds Foundation announced their support for the Israeli Apartheid Week(IAW), an initiative of international education institutes who in conjunction with the call by the Palestinian Students’ Campaign has raised awareness for an Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)  and a BDS Campaign in Gaza.  Since it was first launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. It includes lectures, film screenings, round- table discussions and workshops in response to the call of Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Read more, here