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. 

Global BDS Week of Action Against HP

Global BDS Week of Action Against HP November 25 - December 3

 

 

The International Boycott HP Network and the Palestinian BDS National Committee are calling for an international week of action against HP over its role in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land. The week of action will take place November 25-December 3, which includes the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29.

Will your city or organization join the Week of Action? Sign up here!

In Palestine, Hewlett Packard companies provide imaging for Israel’s apartheid checkpoints and ID cards system; enable Israel’s deadly blockade of the Gaza Strip; provide services to illegal Israeli settlements; and manage people for profit in Israeli prisons where torture is systematic. While claiming to uphold values of social responsibility, HP companies are notorious for involvement in oppressive practices worldwide, like providing technology to enable deportations, mass incarceration, and solitary confinement in the United States.

From the United Kingdom to Malaysia, from the United States to Italy, from Germany to Palestine, organizations in cities worldwide are organizing campaigns and actions to hold HP accountable, and so can you!

Take Action

The Palestinian BDS National Committee and the US Campaign for Palesitnian Rights have launched an international pledge. Click here to sign the pledge.

There are actions against HP taking place all across the world, as the map below shows. Click on an action in your city/region to find out more details and join in! Contact us for support with organising an action in your area. 

 

There are many other ways your group can take part in the HP Week of Action! Here are 10...

  1. Launch a campaign to get HP de-shelved from a local store. 

  2. If the store refuses, hold signs and flyer outside to escalate pressure and educate shoppers about HP and Palestine. Or flyer on a busy street during shopping season. Gather local signatures for the soon-to-be-released Boycott HP petition.

  3. Organize a mock checkpoint or boycott HP flash mob!

  4. Go holiday carolling -- with boycott HP lyrics.

  5. Hold an informational teach-in about what makes HP an important target.

  6. Ask a local community institution or church to pledge to be HP-free.

  7. Get creative putting Boycott HP stickers in smart places.

  8. Host a social media house party; culture-jam HP with your friends on Twitter. Or sign up here to join a social media team to tweet/post throughout the week!

  9. Organize an action outside of one of HP’s offices or tech industry gatherings.

  10. Start building a municipal, campus, and faith-based campaign targeting HP.

Now is a great time to start identifying local HP vendors or researching institutional ties -- such as contracts and investments -- between HP and your city, university, or faith community.

Together, let’s show HP companies it’s time to live up to their stated principles. The International Boycott HP Network is putting together resources to take some of these actions. Also, check out the recent webinar recordings: Why HP is a Great Target and Building Effective Boycott HP campaigns.

Sign up today to get connected with resources for the Boycott HP Week of Action!

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook too!

Resources

Model letter for store managers
You can use this document as the basis of a letter to hand in to the manager at any store selling HP products. 

HP BDS holiday carols

HP card to store managers

HP holiday chants

Week of action video

Logos
Week of action logo in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French and English

Flash mob toolkit
A great guide on how to organise a creative flashmob action

Song: “Ciao HP” with boycott lyrics
To the tune of Bella Ciao!

HP Churches Pledge
Churches can now sign up to pledge to not buy any HP products. 

HP Free Church presentation on Prezi

Printable petition for signature gathering

Sample poster/placard and more sample banners here and here

Collection of graphics

More customer feedback cards