CALL BY FORMER INTERNATIONAL ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVISTS TO THE ANC ON BDS


The call below to South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), was first circulated on the 19th of October 2012 and within a week was signed by over 150 former international anti-apartheid activists. It has the support of signatories from more than 19 countries, belonging to over than 35 organizations. 

Some signatories include:
- Alice Walker
US Civil Rights Movement ( USA ) 
- Baldwin Sjollema
World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism ( Switzerland )  
- Billy Fletcher Jr.
Trans Africa Forum ( USA )
- Christabel Gurney
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK ) 
- David Leadbeater
Canadians Concerned About Southern Africa ( Canada ) 
- E.S. Reddy
United Nations Centre Against Apartheid ( USA )
- Francesca Viceconti
Artists Against Apartheid ( UK ) 
- George Shepherd Jr.
American Committee on Africa ( USA ) 
- Heather Grey
Martin Luther King Center Atlanta ( USA )
- Kate Gilford
Mozambique Angola Guinea Bissau Information Committee ( UK ) 
- Mireille Fanon-Mendes France
Frantz Fanon Foundation ( France )
- Paulette Pierson Mathy
Committee Against Colonialism and Apartheid ( Belgium )
- Prexy Nesbitt
World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism ( USA )
- Victoria Brittain
 London Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )

If you would like to sign this international call (and fulfill the criteria, i.e. you were active in the former international anti-apartheid movement) please send an email to alerts@bdssouthafrica.com with the following information:
1) your full name and surname;
2) the anti-apartheid organization that you may have been part of; and,
3) the country in which you were (most) active.

MEDIA ITEMS
- Press Release: Over 150 Former International Anti-Apartheid activists call on S. Africa's ANC to boycott Israel [26_10_2012]


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CALL BY FORMER INTERNATIONAL ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVISTS TO THE ANC
Dear South African Comrades,

We -- former international anti-apartheid activists -- supported the African National Congress (ANC) and the people of South Africa in their fight for liberation and against apartheid by mobilizing support for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the South African apartheid regime.

We succeeded to put the crime of apartheid on the agenda of political parties, trade unions, churches, non-governmental organizations, artists, sports bodies, universities and concerned citizens. We called on people not to buy apartheid products and we discouraged tourism to the country. We campaigned for a weapons embargo, an oil embargo, a Krugerrand boycott, a sports, academic and cultural boycott. We pressurized companies and banks to withdraw from apartheid South Africa. We mobilized thousands of people to participate in demonstrations against apartheid.

On the occasion of the 3rd ANC International Solidarity Conference, we call on the ANC to support the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, justice and equality. We are deeply concerned about Israel's ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people with total impunity.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society released a call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel to pressurize the Israeli government to change. The call - anchored in universal human rights - defined three basic Palestinian rights that constitute the minimal requirements of a just peace, namely, that Israel should:
- End its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle its Apartheid Wall;

- Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and,

- Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
We call on the ANC to support the Palestinian call for BDS as expression of the party's solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people to enjoy their rights, including the right to self-determination.

ALL SIGNATORIES:
- Abdeslam Habiballah
Youth Movement Progressive ( Morocco )
- Adri Nieuwhof
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Alan Maass
Anti-Apartheid Alliance Northwestern Uni. ( USA )
- Alex Moumbaris
Umkhonto we Sizwe ( France )
- Alice Walker
US Civil Rights Movement ( USA )
- Amir Hassanpour
World Confederation of Iranian Students ( USA )
- Anette Groth
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Germany )
- Angela Mai
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Germany )
- Anneloek Bunnik-Teenstraa
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands )
- Arn Dekker
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK )
- Ate Kooistra
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation ( Netherlands )
- Baldwin Sjollema
World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism ( Switzerland )
- Basil Clunie
Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa ( USA )
- Beate Klein Becker
Anti-Apartheid activist ( USA )
- Begona Zabala
Internationalist Women ( Basque Country )
- Ben Khumalo-Seegelken
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Germany )
- Berend Willem Schuitema
"Dutch Anti Apartheid Movement (AABN) " ( Netherlands )
- Bernard Spong
SA Council of Churches ( South Africa )
- Bertil Hogberg
Africa Groups of Sweden ( Sweden )
- Betty Hunter
National Union of Teachers ( UK )
- Billy Fitzpatrick
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Billy Fletcher Jr.
Trans Africa Forum ( USA )
- Blake Alcott
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK )
- Bob Newland
London Recruits ( UK )
- Bob Ware
Calgary Free Southern Africa Committee ( Zimbabwe )
- Brian Campbell
SACTU Solidarity Committee ( Canada )
- Brian Durrans
Community Heart Charity ( UK )
- Brian Ostroff
Anti-Apartheid Movement London ( UK )
- Brian Anglo
Acció contra l'Apartheid ( Catalonia )
- Carla Schuddeboom
Amandla ( Netherlands )
- Carol Thompson
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars ( USA )
- Carol Scheller
Anti-Apartheid Activist ( Switzerland )
- Céline Maury
( France )
- Céline Maury
Anti-Apartheid Activist ( France )
- Chandler Davis
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Portugal's African Colonies ( Canada )
- Charles Hayes
Cork City Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Christabel Gurney
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Cindy Domingo
Seattle, WA ( USA )
- Claudia Omoregie
Workshop Southern Africa ( Germany )
- Cor Groenendijk
Shipping Research Bureau ( Netherlands )
- Corrie Roeper
Liberation Fund of Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Cynthia Domingo
Church Council of Greater Seattle ( USA )
- Dave Esbester
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK )
- David Hillman
London Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- David Leadbeater
Canadians Concerned About Southern Africa ( Canada )
- David Lloyd
Uni. California Berkeley Faculty Against Apartheid ( USA )
- Declan Bree
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Diane Langford
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Dirk Bakker
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation ( Netherlands )
- Doris Bittar
Anti-Apartheid activist ( USA )
- Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy
United Nations Centre Against Apartheid ( USA )
- Erik Bergh, van den
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands )
- Farouk Dindar
ANC-Canada ( Canada )
- Francesca Viceconti
Artists Against Apartheid ( UK )
- Frank Keoghan
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Frankie Green
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( New Zealand )
- Gary Kinsman
Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee ( Canada )
- Gavin Brown
City of London Anti-Apartheid Group ( UK )
- George Shepherd Jr.
American Committee on Africa ( USA )
- Gert Van Maanen
Christian Fellowship Trust ( Netherlands )
- Guenter Schenk
Anti-Apartheid Activist ( Germany )
- Gustave Massiah
Movement Anti-Apartheid ( France )
- Guus Hoelen
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands )
- Hans Blum
Working Group Southern Africa ( Germany )
- Harry Derksen
Support to ANC refugee camps ( Netherlands )
- Hashem Dajani
Palestine Liberation Organization ( Palestine )
- Heather Grey
Martin Luther King Center Atlanta ( USA )
- Helen McCue
ANC Support Committee ( Australia )
- Herman Van Spijker
Liberation Fund of Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Hilde Scholten
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Hildegard Lenz
German Protestant Women's Federation ( Germany )
- Himan Bannerji
York Uni. Faculty Association ( Canada )
- Howard Davidson
Alberta Anti-Apartheid Alliance ( Canada )
- Irene Gale
Campaign Against Racial Exploitation Australia ( Australia )
- James Godfrey
Coalition Against Apartheid ( Australia )
- James E. Rauch
Protest Action Princeton ( USA )
- Jannie Brightman
Anti-Apartheid activist in US Civil Rights movement ( USA )
- Jannie Dreezen
Flemish Anti-Apartheid Coordination ( Belgium )
- Jannie Van der Kolk
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands )
- Janwillem Rouweler
Shipping Bureau ( Netherlands )
- Joanne Naiman
Canadians Concerned About South Africa ( Canada )
- Johan Kesteren, van
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- John Greyson
Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee ( Canada )
- John Minto
Halt All Racist Tours ( New Zealand, UK )
- John Rose
London Recruits ( UK )
- John Y. Jones
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Norway )
- Joke Van Maanen
Christian Fellowship Trust ( Netherlands )
- Jonathan Rosenhead
Anti Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Karel Koster
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Karel Solomon
Sydney People opposed to Racist Tours ( Australia )
- Karl Schmidt
Freedom for Nelson Mandela Committee ( Germany )
- Karl-Gunnar Noren
Isolate South Africa Campaign ( Sweden )
- Karmelo Lando
Guernica Committee ( Basque Country )
- Kate Gilford
Mozambique Angola Guinea Bissau Information Committee ( UK )
- Ken Keable
Secret operations into South Africa ( UK )
- Kier Schuringa
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Netherlands )
- Kimberley Porteus
Dartmouth Community for Divestment, TecNica ( USA )
- Klaus Massman
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Germany )
- Kolin Thumbadoo
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Australia )
- Kolin Thumbadoo
ANC Support Group in Sydney ( Australia )
- Lester Green
Canadians Concerned About South Africa ( Canada )
- Lisa Hoelen
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands )
- Lisa McCaskell
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Lore Hofmann
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Germany )
- Lynda Anne Lemberg
Canadians Concerned About Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Mandela Kapere
Pan African Youth Union ( )
- Margaret Bruun-Meyer
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of South Africa ( Canada )
- Margaret Ling
Anti-Apartheid News ( UK )
- Margrit Lienert
Mouvement Anti-Apartheid de Suisse ( Switzerland )
- Marja Weijdema
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Mark
Uni. of Pittsburgh and city of Pittsburgh ( USA )
- Markus Braun
Mainzer Arbeitskreis Südliches Afrika ( Germany )
- Mel King
Massachusetts Legislature ( USA )
- Meredeth Turshen
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars ( USA )
- Michael Kuttner
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation Divestment Action ( Canada )
- Michael MacAonghusa
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- "Michael " Fleshman
The American Committee on Africa ( USA )
- Mike Cushman
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Mireille Fanon-Mendes France
Frantz Fanon Foundation ( France )
- Monira Kitmitto
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Lebanon )
- Monser Anner
Isolate South Africa Campaign ( Sweden )
- Mouin Khanafer
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Lebanon )
- "Nancy Murray "
Institute of Race Relations ( UK )
- Nasser Barghouti
Columbia Uni. Students Against Apartheid ( USA )
- Norman Kaplan
British Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Omar Barghouti
Columbia Uni. Students Against Apartheid ( USA )
- Oystein Tveter
Networkers South/North ( Norway )
- Paddy Donnelly
International Defence and Aid Fund ( UK )
- Patricia Dubois
"Mouvement Anti-Apartheid Suisse " ( Switzerland )
- Patrick Bond
John Hopkins Uni. Coalition for a Free SA ( USA )
- Paulette Pierson Mathy
Committee Against Colonialism and Apartheid ( Belgium )
- Paulette Staal
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Penny Newell
Anti-Apartheid Movement, Free Nelson Mandela Campaign ( UK )
- Per Goranson
Isolate South Africa Committee ( Sweden )
- Peter Cohen
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Peter Hermes
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Netherlands )
- Peter Sluiter
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Peter Harold Smith
London Recruits ( UK )
- Philip Steele
Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Wales )
- Pierre Galand
Europeans Against Apartheid ( Belgium )
- Prabha Khosla
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Prexy Nesbitt
World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism ( USA )
- Rachel Jewkes
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Rene Roemersma
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Ria Haften, van
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Richard Fung
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Richard B. Lee
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Rob Klootwijk
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands )
- Robert Noorlander
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Roger Cole
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Roger Southall
British Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Rosa Toledano
Acció contra l'Apartheid ( Catalonia )
- Rosemarie Huysse
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- S Fazia
Support to ANC Delhi Mission ( India )
- Sabino Cuadra
Internationalist Committee ( Basque Country )
- Sean Edwards
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland )
- Seni Seneviratne
Active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Sherry Wolf
Northwestern Uni. Anti-Apartheid Alliance ( USA )
- Sietse Bosgra
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Stephanie Urdang
Southern Africa Committee ( USA )
- Sue Blackwell
Cambridge Anti-Apartheid Group ( UK )
- Susan Pearl Stout
SACTU Solidarity Committee ( Canada )
- Sylvia Hale
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Australia )
- Thomas Siepelmeyer
Arbeitskreis Afrika (AKAFRIK) ( Germany )
- Tim Anderson
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Australia )
- Tim McCaskell
founder Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee ( Canada )
- Tony Souza
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Southern Africa ( Canada )
- Toos Van Liere
Anti-Apartheid Action ( Belgium )
- Trevor Purvis
Carleton Uni. Students' Association ( Canada )
- Trineke Weijdema
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Ubbo Khumalo-Seegelken
Anti-Apartheid Activist ( Germany )
- Ulrich Duchrow
Action Covenant and Kairos Europa ( Germany )
- Urko Aiartza
Abertzale Left ( Basque Country )
- Vicky Russel
Young Liberal Committee for SW England ( UK )
- Victoria Brittain
London Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )
- Willard R. Johnson
TransAfrica Inc. ( USA )
- William Minter
Solidarity with Southern Africa Liberation ( USA )
- Wim Minnaard
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation ( Netherlands )
- Wim Scholten
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Wout Nijland
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands )
- Zeva Schub
Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa ( USA )