Palestinian BNC Mourns Loss of Anti-Apartheid Icon Ahmed Kathrada

March 28, 2017, Occupied Palestine —The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has heard with great sadness the news of Comrade Ahmed Kathrada’s passing. Mr. Kathrada, born to an Indian Muslim family, was the most prominent Asian South African in the movement to end apartheid, the system of racial discrimination, segregation and white dominance that existed in South Africa until it was defeated in 1994.

Comrade Kathrada was also an active and consistent supporter of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. He 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 for Palestinian rights, 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 — 26 years and 3 months — alongside the anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and his lifelong 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 international civil society and government support for the Palestinian struggle for justice. We were honored to count Comrade Kathrada as a supporter of our struggle and remain inspired by his life.

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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Protests against HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation

November 23, 2016
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Global activists will launch on Friday a week of action targeting what they describe as Hewlett-Packard’s “complicity in Israeli occupation”.

According to campaigners, the week of action – which starts on Black Friday, the biggest US shopping day of the year – is expected to be “the largest coordinated series of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) actions focused on a single target to date.”

Around 100 actions are currently planned, spanning six continents, targeting Hewlett-Packard (HP) companies, citing “their role in providing key services and technology infrastructure that enable the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands and suppression of Palestinian human rights.”

Activists say this includes “specialised technology made by HP companies that is used to support Israel’s military checkpoints, segregated ID system, illegal settlements, prison system and naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.”

Caroline Hunter, the Polaroid employee who discovered her company’s role in South Africa and helped launch the boycott campaign ending Polaroid’s involvement in the regime in 1977, is a supporter of the HP campaign.

“Just as Polaroid was a key boycott target during the Apartheid era for providing imaging for South Africa’s notorious pass system, people of conscience today should boycott HP companies for providing imaging and technology for Israeli apartheid,” she said.

Anna Baltzer, director of Organising and Advocacy at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, commented:

“Veolia, SodaStream, Ahava, and Orange’s decisions to divest on different levels from Israel’s occupation following global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns have illustrated that complicity in Israeli oppression of Palestinians is bad for business. Campaigners worldwide are now sending that same message to HP companies.”

According to campaigners, the Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Mennonite Central Committee and Unitarian Universalist Association have already divested from HP companies due to their involvement in the occupation.

November 23, 2016
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