Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Hero Ahmed Kathrada

March 28, 2017, Occupied Palestine —The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has heard with sadness the news of Comrade Ahmed Kathrada’s untimely demise.

Comrade Kathrada was an active and consistent supporter of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and visited Palestine, and saw the apartheid system we endure for himself. He said when in Palestine: "In our short stay here we have seen and heard enough to conclude that Apartheid has been reborn here. In its reborn form it is however worse than its predecessor. Even during the worst days of Apartheid we did not have walls to divide and control people, we also did not have separate roads for separate races, and we did not have the system of checkpoints that exist here."

The Foundation which bears his name engages in activities in support of Israeli Apartheid Week, which aims to raise awareness of Israel's apartheid policies towards Palestinians. It also supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, believing that this is the way to bring an end to Israel's apartheid policies and violations of international law. 

Kathrada’s own long imprisonment alongside the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, and his life-long struggle against apartheid and injustice, are an example to all Palestinians that integrity and perseverance will lead to justice and freedom.

The BDS movement is working to increase the international civil society and government support for the Palestinian struggle for justice. We were honored to count Comrade Kathrada as a fellow-supporter of our struggle, and remain inspired by his life and struggle to continue with our own.

We send out our condolences to his family, friends, comrades and all South Africans during these difficult days.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. 

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