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BDS Breakthrough

South African government supports BDS.

by Stephen Lendman

The Global BDS (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions) movement is one of the most important initiatives challenging Israeli lawlessness, occupation harshness, apartheid, and viciousness.

In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created it to continue until Israel complies with international law and universal human rights principles.

At issue is long denied justice for occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees. Important victories came earlier.

On December 20, a historic one occurred. The ruling South African National Congress (ANC) voted to support BDS. It's "unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel."

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Thursday's vote followed ANC's November International Solidarity Conference. Delegates agreed to back BDS. 

An October Tshwane declaration "Reiterated its support for Palestinian aspirations for an independent state including the full membership of the UN." 

It also "called on the UN Security Council to show leadership in halting the expansion of Israeli settlement and the harassment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails."

It urged civil society BDS support.

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ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete calls Israel "far worse than Apartheid South Africa." He told attending delegates. They responded with resounding applause.

BDS South Africa's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi praised ANC's decision. It supports "the Palestinian BDS call." Doing so perhaps increases chances of other countries following suit. It's long overdue.

Ndlozi called Thursday's announcement major. It represents "by far the most authoritative (BDS) endorsement. ANC's National Conference is its "highest decision making body."

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