Israeli Apartheid Week Kicks Off In South Africa!

05 March 2012
Dear Friends and Comrades,

Billboards have gone up (click here), posters were spotted in national newspapers (see here), the Churches have issued a call (read statement here), campuses are abuzz (click here for students' reaction)… and today, Israeli Apartheid Week officially kicks-off in South Africa!

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, cultural performances, films and workshops) held in cities and campuses across the globe. IAW seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid policies toward the Palestinians and to mobilize support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel movement.

See below or click here for the Full IAW South Africa 2012 Schedule with all events, activities and film screenings. Here are some upcoming highlights:

STELLENBOSCH - "Bethlehem" Rally with Allan Boesak, Terry Crawford-Browne, Breyten Breytenbach
Rally and Handover: “The Bethlehem Call”
Monday, 05 March @ 13h00 (Starts at Stellenbosch University Arts Building [Corner Merriman and Ryneveld] and ends at Faculty of Theology [171 Dorp Street])
Speakers: Professor Alan Boesak, Reverend Edwin Arrison, Breyten Breytenbach (TBC) and Terry Crawford-Browne (author "Eye on the Money")

CAPE TOWN - Zackie Achmat and others speak on BDS
Public Discussion: "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)"
Tuesday, 06 March @ 18h00 (LS2D Leslie Social Science Building, University of Cape Town)
Speakers: Zackie Achmat (Founder of Treatment Action Campaign), Professor Andrew Nash (UCT Academic), Carol Martin (World Council of Churches EAPPI) and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (Chairperson of Wits University Post Graduate Association and board member of BDS South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG -  100 Years of the ANC, with struggle stalwarts Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada
Panel Discussion: "100 Years of the African National Congress (ANC): Lessons for South Africans in solidarity with Palestinians resisting Israeli Apartheid"
Thursday, 08 March @ 18h30 (Council Chambers, University of Johannesburg)
Speakers: Denis Goldberg (Rivonia trialist and ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe veteran), Professor Steven Friedman (UJ academic) and with an opening message from Ahmed Kathrada (Former Robben Island Political Prisoner)

COUNTRYWIDE - National film tour, "Roadmap to Apartheid"

The Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival (www.tcff.org.za), IAW South Africa Team and BDS South Africa will premiere the film, Roadmap to Apartheid (www.roadmaptoapartheid.org) at several South African universities, schools and community centers as an official 2012 Israeli Apartheid Week event. 'Roadmap to Apartheid' is a full-feature film that explores the comparison between former South Africa and current Israel. Click here for more information on the national film tour.

COUNTRYWIDE - Art murals painted across South Africa (+ music video)

Members of SA Artists Against Apartheid and "Gangs of Graffiti" are painting large art murals across the country in support of Israeli Apartheid Week (click here to view photos of the murals). A YouTube music video, featuring some of the graffiti artists at work, has been released for IAW, click here to watch the music video.

An official pre-IAW protest rally, hosted by the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Port Elizabeth and attended by the city's Mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile, and former Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, took place yesterday morning. At the rally, Steve Faulkner, the international officer of the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and member of South Africa's largest trade union, COSATU, announced his union's full support for IAW and declared: "All South African municipalities must be Apartheid Israel free!" We enter Israeli Apartheid Week echoing this sentiment...

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ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK 2012 FULL SCHEDULE
[Click here for the online version: www.bdssouthafrica.com/2010/02/iaw-2012-full-schedule-and-events.html]

CAPE TOWN
Monday, 05 March @ 13h00 (Room D, RW James Building, University of Cape Town)
Film Screening: "Occupation 101"

Tuesday, 06 March @ 13h00 (Micro Biology Seminar Room B, University of Cape Town)

Film Screening: "Little Town of Bethlehem"

Tuesday, 06 March @ 13h00 (SC3, University of the Western Cape)
Film Screening: "Roadmap to Apartheid"

Tuesday, 06 March @ 18h00 (LS2D Leslie Social Science Building, University of Cape Town)

Public Discussion: "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)"
Speakers: Zackie Achmat, Professor Andrew Nash, Carol Martin (World Council of Churches EAPPI), Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (Chairperson of Wits Post Graduate Association and board member of BDS South Africa)

Wednesday, 07 March @ 18h00 (Room D, RW James Building, University of Cape Town)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Thursday, 08 March 13h00 (Room D, RW James Building, University of Cape Town)
Film Screening: "Budrus"

Thursday, 08 March 18h00 (LS2D, Leslie Social Science Building, University of Cape Town)

Public Discussion: "The Israel Apartheid Analogy"
Speakers: Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, Professor Allan Boesak, Ronnie Kasrils (former Minister of Intelligence), Terry Crawford-Brown (Author: "Eye On The Money")

Friday, 09 March @  (Cape Quarters)
Cultural Performance: "Cape Cultural Collective Performance"

Sunday 11 March @ 14h30 (Joseph Stone Auditorium, Klipfontein Road, Athlone)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


DURBAN
Tuesday, 06 March @ 12h30 (CCS Seminar room, Memorial Tower Building, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Seminar and Performance: "Why boycotting Israeli apartheid follows South Africa’s liberation strategy"
 Speakers and Performer: Professor Patrick Bond, Lubna Nadvi (Lecturer, UKZN), Ewok (Hip-hop and graffiti artist)

Tuesday, 06 March @ 14h00 (CCS Seminar room, Memorial Tower Building, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Wednesday, 07 March @ 14h00 (CCS Seminar Room, Memorial Tower Building, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Thursday, 08 March @ 19h30 (Factory Cafe, 369 Magwaza Maphalala Street [Gale Street], Glenwood)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Sunday, 11 March @ 14h00 (Al Ansaar Hall, West Road, Overport, Durban)

Film Screening and Seminar: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


GRAHAMSTOWN

Monday, 05  March @ 18h00 (GLT, Rhodes University)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid" 

Tuesday, 06 March @ 13h00 (Politics Department, Rhodes University)
Seminar: "What is Israeli Apartheid Week?"
Speakers: Professor Steven Friedman (UJ/Rhodes academic, Public Intellectual and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy)

Tuesday, 06 March @ 18h00 (GLT, Rhodes University)
Film Screening and Public Discussion: "The Promise Part 1"
Speakers: Professor Steven Friedman (UJ/Rhodes academic, Public Intellectual and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy)

Wednesday, 07 March @ 13h00 (Politics Department, Rhodes University)
Seminar: "Understanding the need for IAW"
Speakers: Professor John Rose (Author of "The Myths of Zionism") and Professor Robert van Niekerk

Wednesday, 07 March @ 18h00 (GLT, Rhodes University)
Film Screening: "The Promise Part 2"

Thursday, 08 March @ 18h00 (Library Quad, Rhodes University)
Film Screening and Each-One-Teach-One: "The Promise Part 3"

Friday, 09 March 18h00 with Main event @ 18h00 (Guerrilla Theater, Kaif, Rhodes University)
Art Installation, Vigil and Performance: "Tearing Down The Wall"

Saturday, 10 March @ 13h00 (Monastery Club, Rhodes University)
Film Screening: "Have You Heard From Johannesburg"

Saturday, 10 March @ 15h00 (Monastery Club, Rhodes University)
Poetry Reading and Live Music: "Featuring a visiting Argentine band"


JOHANNESBURG
Monday, 05 March [All day] (Library Lawns, University of the Witwatersrand)
Art Installation: "Greenwashing and Pinkwashing"

Tuesday, 06 March @ 12h30 (C-Ring 315, Auckland Park Campus, University of Johannesburg
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Tuesday, 06 March 13h15 (Library Lawns, University of the Witwatersrand)
Performance Art: "The Cultural Boycott. Be Moved - Don't Entertain Apartheid"

Wednesday, 07 March @ 13h00 (Room 2, Umthombo Building, University of the Witwatersrand)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Wednesday 07 March @ 20h00 (Trade Route Mall, Lenasia, Johannesburg)

Film Screening: "Tears For Gaza"

Thursday, 08 March @ 13h15 (Library Lawns, University of the Witwatersrand)

Student Rally: "Opposing Apartheid Together: No to Discrimination/ Separation/ Segregation at our University"
 Speakers: Zanele Matebula (COSATU International Office), Mbuyseni Ndlozi (International IAW Speaker and chairperson of Wits Post Graduate Association), Representatives from South African Students Congress (SASCO), Coordinator of Kaleidoscope Youth Network, Wits World Active Student Organisation, Wits Workers Solidarity Committee, and Wits Palestine Solidarity Committee.

Thursday, 08 March @ 18h30 (Council Chambers, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park Campus)
Panel Discussion: "100 Years of the ANC: Lessons for South Africans in solidarity with Palestinians resisting Israeli Apartheid"
Speakers: Denis Goldberg (Rivonia trialist and ANC MK veteran), Professor Steven Friedman (UJ/Rhodes academic, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Public Intellectual)


MODIMOLLE/NYLSTROOM
Sunday, 11 March @ 14h00 (Venue to be confirmed)
Film Screening: "Roadmap to Apartheid"


PIETERMARITZBURG
Monday, 05 March @ 13h00 (Room 107, New Arts Building, Pietermaritzburg Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
Public lecture: "Pedagogical liberation? Reshaping public opinion on Palestine"
Speakers: Dr Clint Le Bruyns (UKZN academic and lecturer)

Tuesday, 06 March @ 17h00 (Room 107, New Arts Building, Pietermaritzburg Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


POLOKWANE
Saturday, 10 March @ 14h00 (Venue to be confirmed)
Rally and Film Screening: "Roadmap to Apartheid"


PORT ELIZABETH
Sunday, 04 March @ 10h00 (Red Location Museum, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth)

Rally, Film Screening and Vigil: "Roadmap to Apartheid"
Speakers: Zanoxolo Wayile (Mayor of Port Elizabeth), Representative from South African Communist Party and Ronnie Kasrils (former Minister of Intelligence)

Monday, 05 March @ 12h00 (South Campus Auditorium, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Public Debate: "Is Israel an Apartheid state?"
Speakers: Ronnie Kasrils (former Minister of Intelligence) and Chuck Volpe

Monday, 05 March @ 19h30 (Parkside Movement Hall, Port Elizabeth)
Public Rally: "Israeli Apartheid Week"
Speakers: Dr Janet (End Conscription Campaign and NMMU lecturer) and Ronnie Kasrils (former Minister of Intelligence), Shamiel Panday and Nkosinathi Jikeka

Tuesday, 06 March @ 12h00 (South Campus Auditorium, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


PRETORIA
Monday, 05 March @ 10h00 (Graduate Centre 1-64, University of Pretoria)Public Seminar: "Israeli Apartheid"
Speakers: Dr Abd Al Aziz Amr (Former Palestinian political prisoner)

Tuesday, 06 March @ 13h30 (EMB 1-18, University of Pretoria)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid" 

Wednesday, 07 March @ 13h30 (Piazza, University of Pretoria)

Performance: "Balloon Release"

Thursday, 08 March @ 13h30 (L2-69, Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


SOWETO
Sunday, 11 March @ 10h00 (Ipelegeng Community Centre, Corner Khumalo & Phera Roads, Soweto, Johannesburg)

Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"

Monday, 12 March @ 14h00 (Hector Peterson Memorial Center, 887 Khumalo Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg)
Film Screening, Music-video launch and live Skype link-up with Gaza: "The New Black"


STELLENBOSCH
Monday, 05 March @ 13h00 (Starts at the Arts Building [Corner Merriman and Ryneveld Street] and ends at Faculty of Theology [171 Dorp Street])
Peaceful March and Handover: “The Bethlehem Call”
Speakers: Professor Alan Boesak, Reverend Edwin Arrison, Terry Crawford-Browne, Breyten Breytenbach (TBC)

Monday, 05 March @ 13h30 (Main entrance of the Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch University)
Performance Art: "Simulated Israeli Checkpoints"

Wednesday, 07 March @ 15h30 (Neelsie Cinema, Stellenbosch University)
Film Screening: "Roadmap To Apartheid"


THE IAW SOUTH AFRICA TEAM IS MADE UP OF 25 MEMBERS STRETCHED ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  PARTNERS AND PARTICIPATING GROUPS INCLUDE:

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), South African Communist Party (SACP), South African Students Congress (SASCO), Young Communist League of South Africa (YCL), South African Council of Churches (SACC), Kairos Southern Africa, Kaliedoscope LGTBQ Youth Network, BDS South Africa, SA Artists Against Apartheid, GangsofGraffiti, BDS South Africa, Palestine Solidarity Alliance (Gauteng), Palestine Solidarity Alliance (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (South Africa), UKZN Action Group on Palestine (University of KwaZulu-Natal), UJ Palestine Solidarity Forum (University of Johannesburg), Wits University Palestine Solidarity Committee (Wits University)