Dec 31, 2012

South Africa's ANC makes support for BDS part of official policy: 'Roadmap to Apartheid' released

ANC against Israeli apartheid

At its 53rd National Conference, South Africa's ruling ANC affirmed support for the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. It is a position that is now part of official ANC policy.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa welcomed the ANC move:

"This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions, and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and specifically the ISC steering committee to expedite its implementation."

A resolution 35 (g) has also been adopted that calls for “all South Africans to support the programmes and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel to engage with the Palestinian people to reach a just solution.”

The ANC backing helps toward making good the words of Nelson Mandela: "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians."

In related news, BDS South Africa together with the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA) have placed billboards across S.A. that provide information about the Israeli occupation and the dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Palestinian support - billboards in South Africa

South African billboards supportive of Palestinian cause

The ANC news came around the same time that the documentary film Roadmap to Apartheid was released to the public. This follows a successful festival run that saw the film garner well deserved awards.

Roadmap juxtaposes South African-based archival footage/interviews with footage of daily life in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The comparison of repressive methods employed under South African apartheid with the invasive controls endured by Palestinians under apartheid-like conditions in Israel creates linkages that speak volumes.

Trailer of Roadmap to Apartheid - here.

For an engaging and informed presentation on apartheid as practiced by the state of Israel, check out this Sherry Wolf video from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago:

Also worth viewing... Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker (narrator of Roadmap to Apartheid) in discussion with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Video - here.