Mark Mandela’s centenary & commit to supporting BDS

‘The Triple Evils of economic exploitation, racism and militarism  are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated (and), all-inclusive…’

Martin Luther King 1967

Today July 18th we mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

In 2018 the world marks anniversaries of three inter-linked movements that spanned the 20th and into the 21st century.

Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid and Palestine Freedom Struggles

Mandela Centenary 1918-2018

Palestine Nakba -‘Catastrophe’ 1948.

MLK Assassination 1968

All three struggles faced King’s ‘triple evils’: racism and far right organising; bearing the brunt of a massive security and military establishment;  economic exploitation. But the power  of effective domestic and international solidarity economic, academic, cultural and sporting boycotts is also a critical part of their shared story.

In 1948, the same year as the Palestinian Nakba which saw zionist militia ethnically cleanse more 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland and destroy more than 500 palestinian villages, South africa formally adopted the apartheid regime.

“Apartheid was an extension of the colonial project to dispossess

people of their land. That is exactly what has happened in Israel and the occupied

territories; the use of force and the law to take the land. That is what apartheid

and Israel have in common.’’

Ronnie Kasrils, the Jewish South African cabinet minister and former ANC guerrilla, Jerusalem, February 2009.

“Expelling people from their homes is a war crime. As well as preventing them from returning. Israel didn’t just commit a war crime in 1948 but continues to commit one to this day.’’

Salman Abu Sitta, Author of Atlas of Palestine 1948

MANDELA, the ANC & the PLO 

June 1961 Letter From Underground, Nelson Mandela wrote:

“The histories of our two peoples, Palestinian and South African, correspond in such painful and poignant ways, that I intensely feel myself being at home amongst compatriots’’
“We identify with the PLO, because just like ourselves they are fighting for the right of self determination.”

“Yesterday’s South African township dwellers can tell you about today’s life in the  Occupied Territories… More than an emergency is needed to get to a hospital;  less than a crime earns a trip to jail… If apartheid ended, so can the occupation.  But the moral force and international pressure will have to be just as determined. The current divestment effort is the first, though certainly not the only, necessary move in that direction.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

CIVIL RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDERS INSPIRE THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT

MARTIN LUTHER KING & MANDELA

In 1955, at the age of 25, young Memphis pastor Martin Luther King was asked to become the churches lead on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It took more than a year, but it was successful in its aim to desegregate the buses. Economic boycotts were to become a critical tool in King’s strategy – right up to the end. In his final ‘mountaintop’ speech, the night before he was murdered, he was calling for the boycott of Coca-Cola.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr City Temple London 7th December 1964

Clearly there is much in Mississippi and Alabama to remind the South Africans of their own country… great leaders, like Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe, are among the many hundreds wasting away in Robben Island prison… It is in this situation, with the great mass of South Africans denied their humanity, their dignity, denied opportunity, denied all human rights; it is in this situation, with many of the bravest and best South Africans serving long years in prison, with some already executed; in this situation we in America and Britain have a unique responsibility, for it is we, through our investments, through our governments’ failure to act decisively, who are guilty of bolstering up the South African tyranny…. If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil, if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny that we find there, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire.

BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS

This movement is led by Palestinian civil society and inspired by the South African apartheid movement and boycott effort. It calls for BDS until Israel complies with international law with regard to occupation of land, discrimination against Palestinians and refugees right of return. Ending Israeli apartheid is at its heart.

In 2012, Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC) which is also the ruling party of South Africa, formally endorsed and adopted as part of its official policy, the Palestinian call for Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

The BDS Movement in the USA  is growing year on year as well as across Europe

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Martin Luther King Jr

’Only through hardship, sacrifice, and militant action can freedom be won…’’

Nelson Mandela

Its time to MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY – Once and For All.

Find out more

Read Solidarity, People Power and 10 years of BDS

Read 10 things you should know about BDS

https://waronwant.org/stop-arming-israel

 

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1948-2018: a 70 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF the NAKBA

MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY

1948-2018: a 70 YEAR COMMEMORATION OF the NAKBA

Israel was founded 70 years ago today, on 14th May 1948.  Palestinians commemorate the next day, 15th May, as their ‘Nakba’ – day of catastrophe.

This Arabic term refers to the mass expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine during Israel’s creation (1947-49) when between 750,000 and one million Palestinians were expelled and made refugees by Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, during Israel’s creation in 1947-49.

Brian Eno is a supporter of Palestine . He was born on the same day as the founding of Israel. Here he speaks to MAH of his support for Palestine and in particular, his reasons for backing the BDS campaign.

NAKBA 2018 -CALENDAR EVENTS

Every May, along with so many other organisations and projects around the world, Make Apartheid History commemorates the ‘Nakba’. MAH is recording both ICAHD and @70 cultural events.

May 14-20th

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/70-celebration-contemporary-palestinian-culture/

@70: A CELEBRATION OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN CULTURE

A week-long festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland.

May 19th

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/icahd-2018-uk-annual-conference/

Israeli Committee Against House Demolition UK Annual Conference

May 20th

https://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/psc-returnconf/

The PSC Right of Return conference – @70: Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return – aims to provide the tools and education necessary for activists in the UK to continue to campaign for the right of return of Palestinian refugees, as enshrined in International law.

ABOUT MAH

Make Apartheid History has an extensive video gallery from a wide range of contributors. MAH connects civil rights, anti-apartheid and Palestinian struggles. This year, 2018, has three momentous anniversaries:  100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, 70 years since the Nakba and 50 years since the murder of Martin Luther King.

KEEP IN TOUCH!

MAH on Facebook and Twitter

 

Centenary of 1917 Balfour Declaration: 100 years of settler colonialism and parallels between the apartheid nature of Israel and South Africa

Marking the centenary of 1917 Balfour Declaration

In November 2017 we marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. It was to usher in 100 years of settler colonialism in Palestine. The parallels between the apartheid nature of Israel and South Africa – both settler colonial projects in their origins – are clear.

Palestinian campaigners have long condemned the Balfour Declaration as a pledge issued by a British government that gave away land it did not own.
In 2017 the British Government rejected a Palestinian request for an apology over the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Instead, it celebrated the centenary.

Here is our latest MAH film:

It explores exactly how and why the origins of Israel and South Africa have parallels and how it was that they both came to have ‘apartheid’ at their heart.

You can read more in our MAH article ‘Balfour Declaration –Settler Colonialism 100 years on https://makeapartheidhistory.org/2017/04/27/balfour-declaration-settler-colonialism-100-years-on/.

Marking Mandela Day 18 July 2017

Throughout July, Make Apartheid History is promoting the UK Tour of the utterly brilliant one man show AND HERE I AM, directed by Zoe Lafferty, performed by Ahmed Tobasi and based on his life story. On Mandela Day, we will screen a selection of MAH films at the Edinburgh dates 17/18 July.

This outstanding play and performance is part of the Shubbuk Festival and as was deservedly well reviewed by the Guardian.

And this Mandela Day We also join the effort to help raise awareness and funds for MahraJazz Festival – the first-ever Palestinian music festival to take place in Haifa (Palestine) on 24-26 August – 31-2 September. MahraJazz is a non-profit, volunteer based event which aims to reach a wider Palestinian audience as well as through radio broadcasting. Most importantly, it also offers an alternative for international musicians to divert from performing for Apartheid  Israel and contributes to the importance of the Palestinian effort to boycott Israel.

Find out more here

https://www.facebook.com/%D9%85%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B2-MahraJazz-1733078293387662/

And donate here! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mahrajazz-haifa-alternative-jazz-festival#/

MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY –ONCE AND FOR ALL.

To help you understand more about why apartheid applies to Israel, our MAH video page has a number of short films where Palestinians, Israelis and South Africans explain why.

https://makeapartheidhistory.org/video-gallery/

Celebrating Mandela Day with short video compilation

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

July 18th is International Mandela Day. It asks ‘what will you do to serve your fellow human beings?’.

One of the things you can do to answer this call, is to support Palestinian civil society’s call for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel until it complies with international law and to make apartheid history, once and for all.  As South Africans, and over many years,  Nelson Mandela and his dear friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, made their support for the Palestinian struggle clear as they saw the parallels between apartheid South Africa and Israel/Palestine.

Make Apartheid History launched one year ago. We are marking this Mandela Day by sharing a short video loop of the highlights of our first year’s activity. We hope you enjoy this compilation of short films, events and performances.

MAH headerMake Apartheid History is an international project that brings together creative individuals, organisations and networks from around the world – starting with Palestine and the UK; South Africa and USA – for a programme of popular events connecting civil rights, anti-apartheid and Palestinian solidarity movements which commenced summer 2015.

We thank the many artists and campaigners who have supported our activity to date – from Palestine and the UK, USA and South Africa.

If you’d like to find out more about why the term ‘apartheid’ can be applied to Israel’s policies, here is our ‘rationale.’

Together we can MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY once and for all.

Best wishes from everyone on the Make Apartheid History team.

Make Apartheid History is supported by Trust Greenbelt and Amiel & Melburn Trust.

supported-by-trust-greenbelt_white  Amiel and Melburn Trust