Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Academics call on University of Free State to terminate the Haifa Universtity partnership reminiscent of apartheid-era academic ties between Israel and the apartheid South African state and its institutions, including universities.
Prominent signatories to Global South call include former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Mozambiquean Minister Oscar Monteiro, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions Zwelinzima Vavi, and former Commissioner at SA Human Rights Commission Pregs Govender.
On March 19, the Israeli Apartheid Week panel “Conversations on Apartheid, from South Africa to Palestine", with South African MP Mandla Mandela and afro-feminist speaker Desirée Bela, was held online.
Trade unions representing workers at food and beverage company Clover and its subsidiaries, their union federation and Palestinian solidarity organisations in South Africa, condemn the Competition Tribunal of South Africa's judgement on the takeover of Clover by Israeli-led company, Milco SA.
As the University of Cape Town weighs refraining from relations with Israeli Universities enabling the gross violation of Palestinian human rights, renowned South African international law scholar Prof. John Dugard finds that UCT "would be acting in accordance with South African law if it were to take a decision to uphold South Africa’s international obligations and the Bill of Rights in its relations with universities in a country that egregiously violates human rights."
The South African government downgraded its Embassy in Israel, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, due to "our concern at the ongoing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self determination and the refusal of the government of Israel to enter into meaningful negotiations."