IAW SOUTH AFRICA UPDATE
_13 February 2012_
In less than three weeks Israeli Apartheid Week (5-11 March) will officially kick-off in South Africa. Here is a quick update...
THE DVD DISC IS ON ITS WAY
The Tri-Continental Film Festival (www.tcff.org.za), IAW South Africa Team and BDS South Africa have secured permission to premiere the film, Roadmap to Apartheid (www.roadmaptoapartheid.org). The movie will be screened at several South African universities, schools and community centers as an official Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 event. 'Roadmap to Apartheid' is a full-feature film that explores the comparison between former South Africa and current Israel.
'Roadmap to Apartheid' involves some interesting people: Ana Nougeira (a South African woman) and Eron Davison (born in Israel but now living in USA) are the directors, and Alice Walker (the acclaimed author of, "The Color Purple") is the narrator. The movie also features never seen before interviews with people such as the legendary sports boycott organizer, Dennis Brutus and the former SA Council of Churches General Secretary, Eddie Makue.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has seen the film, and commented: "Roadmap To Apartheid is very powerful and compelling, and the visuals of house demolitions are appalling. Religion is repeatedly misused by politicians. One of the lessons of Jewish history is that God is always on the side of the oppressed. Another is that those who dehumanise others, dehumanise themselves. Israelis will pay a heavy price for their callous mistreatment of Palestinians."
If you would liked to screen this movie (for and as part of IAW), please be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Full schedule and screening details will be available at www.apartheidweek.org and www.bdssouthafrica.com
SPEAKERS INVITED FOR IAW EVENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Several people have been invited to participate in rallies, protests, lectures, seminars and other speaking events as part of IAW. Some of the invited speakers are: South African Minister of Education, Dr Blade Nzimande; General Secretary of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi; Rivonia trialist, Denis Goldberg; Robben Island prisoner, Ahmed Kathrada; ANC NEC member, Dr Pallo Jordan; South African struggle stalwart, Ronnie Kasrils; and public intellectual, Professor Steven Friedman.
SA STUDENT LEADER OFF TO EUROPE FOR IAW
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (http://electronicintifada.net/content/south-african-activist-palestine-casts-light-our-own-history/10658) will travel on a speaking tour to Europe as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. Some countries that Ndlozi will travel to include the UK, France and Belgium. Ndlozi is a PhD candidate and the Chairperson of the Post Graduate Association at Wits University. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a member of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) and serves on the steering committee of BDS South Africa.
You can follow Mbuyiseni's travels on Facebook at:
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED DURING IAW
IAW offers ordinary people around the world an opportunity to partake in something truly global. If you would like to get involved and organize your own IAW event or action let us know so that we can share with you the IAW Basis of Unity and organizing principles. Here are some ways that you can actively get involved:
1. Organize a film screening
Consider hosting the film, 'Roadmap to Apartheid', for your organization, community, school etc. For more info you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
2. Arrange a lecture, workshop, rally or protest
There are many competent speakers and senior comrades that we can suggest for you to host. Be in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and we can put you in contact with some of them. IAW South Africa Team members can also make themselves available for events, workshops, discussions etc.
3. Join the graffiti initiative, "Paint for Palestine"
The Durban based, GangsOfGraffiti, have called on fellow street-artists and graffiti-writers to participate in IAW by creating works with "FREE PALESTINE" as the theme. You too, with friends, comrades and activists can create your own painting/mural/graffiti. Remember to send us footage. Find more info here:
4. Assist with posters and flyers
IAW posters, flyers and stickers are available online. Download, print, distribute, make it your Facebook photo and spread the word. Click here to view them: www.bdssouthafrica.com/2012/02/8th-international-israeli-apartheid.html
5. Join us online
Help us spread the word online. Click here for the IAW South Africa Facebook page and click here for the IAW South Africa Twitter page.
6. Be creative
Be creative! Draw attention to Israeli apartheid with a Mock Israeli Apartheid Wall or Checkpoint, a flash mob, a concert or poetry reading, street theater, protest etc. Click here to find out what other people are doing around the world: www.apartheidweek.org
7. Want to assist us financially or donate?
IAW organizing and events rely solely on community contributions. If you would like to donate to this initiative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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, South African Students Congress (SASCO), Young Communist League of South Africa, South African Council of Churches EAPPI program, Kairos Southern Africa, Kaliedoscope Youth Network, 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)
If your organization would like to participate or endorse Israeli Apartheid Week send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org