Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa: Israeli Palestinian Politics, Coming to a Town Near You

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Issues of Israeli-Palestinian politics are coming to a town near you! It's Israeli Apartheid Week again and with 155 events planned to rally against the Israeli state, there's sure to be either a fuming pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli around the corner. It's hot, like a red beret, with the youth, you know. But if it's all too much, you can catch Simphiwe Dana - and maybe a protest and counter-protest - for free!

The late Former President Nelson Mandela's words echoed though Johannesburg's Workers' Museum on Sunday. Images of the exploited and oppressed marked the walls. The Marikana strikers before and after their massacre were on two walls; footsoldiers in a system of racial capitalism, those who built the country but could never advance beyond the ladder's first rung, on the others.

"Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." Mandela's words featured on t-shirts and in speeches. They gave credence to accusations that the Israeli state is an example of a heinous system, the Apartheid State.

The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week commences this week. Supported by 75 South African organisations with 155 events planned, it's going to be the biggest one yet, said organisers...

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