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DECADES OF RACISM & CRIMES:
Seventh Annual Israel Anti-Apartheid Week
Originally published on Lendman's blog on Wednesday, 2 March 2011
IAW is an expression of Palestinian solidarity and a call to boycott, divest and impose sanctions against Israel, and demand it be held accountable for decades of crimes, oppressive occupation, and imperial wars.
The web site apartheidweek.com announced it in over 60 cities worldwide, including:
Adelaide, Al Quds, Amman, Amsterdam, Bard (NY), Basel, Beirut, Belfast, Berkeley, Bern, Bethlehem, Bilbao, Birzeit, Bordeaux, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Cape Town, Cleveland, Denver, Dublin, Dundee, Durban, Edmonton, Gainesville, Gaza, Geneva, Grahamstown, Haifa, Houston, Ireland, Johannesburg, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Mans, Lille, Lillehammer, London (Ontario), Lyon, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Midwest, Montreal, Nablus, Naples, Nazereth, Neuchatel, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Peterborough, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Providence, Regina, St. Louis, Stellenbosch, Sudbury, Toronto, Utrecht, Yaffa, and Zurich.
Other cities not officially part of IAW may also participate, including major ones involved before.
Launched in Toronto in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, it's held annually to support calls for Global Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Occupied Palestine is free.
Last year's IAW was "incredibly successful" with over 55 participating cities worldwide. Planned again are lectures, multimedia events, films, cultural performances, demonstrations, and other actions to highlight successes and injustices that make BDS efforts crucial to end Israeli occupation and apartheid. Each city has its own schedule and speakers. Organizers urge everyone this year to join the anti-apartheid struggle for justice, equality and peace.
Supporters call IAW an expression of Palestinian solidarity, a call to boycott, divest and impose sanctions, and demand Israel be held accountable for decades of oppressive occupation, imperial wars, lawlessness, expropriating Palestinian land, denying self-determination, the right of return, targeted killings, torture, illegal arrests and incarcerations, and denying social, political and economic justice and equality, including for Israeli Arabs.
Because of IAW's popularity, greater flexibility this year will accommodate campuses, organizations, cities and regions on different schedules to participate more conveniently:
Background on the Initiative
Recent years have seen significantly more literature and analysis, documenting and challenging Israeli apartheid, including reports by international organizations and human rights groups in solidarity with Palestine's liberating struggle. Prominent Palestinians, anti-Zionist Jews, and South Africans have participated actively in the campaign.
So does the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), "a network of concerned individuals and organizations working to end this" grave injustice. Formed in January 2006, it calls Israel an apartheid state, resembling South Africa in the 1980s and earlier. America and Western governments provide political, economic and military support. Ending it is crucial to liberating Palestine.
CAIA and IAW support peace, nonviolence, BDS momentum, freeing Gaza, ending occupation, Palestinian self-determination, full equality for Israeli Arabs, dismantling the Separation Wall, returning Golan to Syria, and letting diaspora refugees come home or be fully compensated for their loss if they wish.
Apartheid Under International Law
In February 2010, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said:
In November 2007, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said:
In December 2006, discussing his book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," Jimmy Carter called it worse than South Africa's in comments Israel Radio aired. On December 9, 2006, he told Canada's CBC:
On November 8, 2009, Haaretz writer Yitzhak Laor headlined, "Israel's apartheid is worse than South Africa's," saying:
Article 7(1)(j) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court calls apartheid a crime, stating:
Racist Zionist exclusivism is key to understanding Israeli policy. It flaunts Judaic values. It's extremist, undemocratic and hateful. It denies non-Jews equal rights, claims Jewish supremacy, specialness and uniqueness, eschews peace and reconciliation, chooses confrontation over diplomacy, believes in strength through belligerence and intimidation, and threatens Jews and non-Jews alike as a result.
Under it, apartheid flourishes by separating indigenous Palestinians from their land and heritage.
Yet Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:
The Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (the Apartheid Convention) defines it as:
Apartheid is the worst form of racism. Israel's militarized occupation is the worst form of apartheid, incorporating state terrorism, belligerent incursions, land theft, home demolitions, dispossessions, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, torture, destruction of property and agricultural lands, genocide and isolation, its worst form in besieged Gaza.
The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination defines it as:
The 1977 Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions (Protocol I) includes among other grave breaches:
Besieged Gaza Calls for the Largest Ever IAW
On February 13, Gazan students, artists, intellectuals, teachers, activists, and others "urge(d) international solidarity groups and individuals....create a week of action against Israeli Apartheid, as well as support for BDS campaigns globally. After last year's successful event, they're organizing their own Apartheid Week activities, including offering to connect through Skype video conferences and radio interviews, breaching Gaza's siege electronically.
Now's the time they say to highlight Israeli barbarity to enlist greater than ever support for liberation. "How long must we, Palestinians in Gaza, be told that it's okay for us to live under a medieval siege of our land, air and sea?" How long must their suffering continue, while they "await more massacres, more land confiscation, more imprisonment, and more racist subjugation....The sooner and more powerfully we act, the" sooner Palestinians will enjoy "the same human rights as anyone else, instead of this life of captivity, humiliation, shattered dreams," and daily misery. Achieving change "is up to us" with your help.
A Final Comment
Annually, IAW events are planned globally in dozens of cities, including on campuses and other sites as part of a campaign to promote BDS initiatives and delegitimize Israel, exposing it as a racist apartheid state, one doomed to fail like South Africa. The more global participation grows, the sooner that day will arrive. It's not a question of if. It's when Palestinians are again free. For them and supporters worldwide, it can't come a moment too soon.
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