Seventh Annual Israeli Anti-Apartheid Week - by Stephen Lendman
The web site apartheidweek.com announced it in over 60 cities worldwide, including:
Adelaide, Al Quds, Amman, Amsterdam, Bard (NY), Basel, Beirut, Belfast, Berkeley, Bern, Bethlehem, Bilbao, Birzeit, Bordeaux, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Cape Town, Cleveland, Denver, Dublin, Dundee, Durban, Edmonton, Gainesville, Gaza, Geneva, Grahamstown, Haifa, Houston, Ireland, Johannesburg, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Mans, Lille, Lillehammer, London (Ontario), Lyon, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Midwest, Montreal, Nablus, Naples, Nazereth, Neuchatel, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Peterborough, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Providence, Regina, St. Louis, Stellenbosch, Sudbury, Toronto, Utrecht, Yaffa, and Zurich.
Other cities not officially part of IAW may also participate, including major ones involved before.
Launched in Toronto in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, it's held annually to support calls for Global Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) until Occupied Palestine is free.
Last year's IAW was "incredibly successful" with over 55 participating cities worldwide. Planned again are lectures, multimedia events, films, cultural performances, demonstrations, and other actions to highlight successes and injustices that make BDS efforts crucial to end Israeli occupation and apartheid. Each city has its own schedule and speakers. Organizers urge everyone this year to join the anti-apartheid struggle for justice, equality and peace.
Supporters call IAW an expression of Palestinian solidarity, a call to boycott, divest and impose sanctions, and demand Israel be held accountable for decades of oppressive occupation, imperial wars, lawlessness, expropriating Palestinian land, denying self-determination, the right of return, targeted killings, torture, illegal arrests and incarcerations, and denying social, political and economic justice and equality, including for Israeli Arabs.
Because of IAW's popularity, greater flexibility this year will accommodate campuses, organizations, cities and regions on different schedules to participate more conveniently:
-- Globally from March 7 - 20;
-- In Britain from March 21 - 26.
Background on the Initiative
Recent years have seen significantly more literature and analysis, documenting and challenging Israeli apartheid, including reports by international organizations and human rights groups in solidarity with Palestine's liberating struggle. Prominent Palestinians, anti-Zionist Jews, and South Africans have participated actively in the campaign.
So does the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA), "a network of concerned individuals and organizations working to end this" grave injustice. Formed in January 2006, it calls Israel an apartheid state, resembling South Africa in the 1980s and earlier. America and Western governments provide political, economic and military support. Ending it is crucial to liberating Palestine.
CAIA and IAW support peace, nonviolence, BDS momentum, freeing Gaza, ending occupation, Palestinian self-determination, full equality for Israeli Arabs, dismantling the Separation Wall, returning Golan to Syria, and letting diaspora refugees come home or be fully compensated for their loss if they wish.
Apartheid Under International Law
In February 2010, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said: