Israeli Apartheid Week
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is a tool for mobilizing grassroots support on the global level for the Palestinian struggle for justice. It is a grassroots mechanism to raise awareness about Israeli apartheid and to mobilize support for strategic BDS campaigns to help bring an end to this system of oppression.
IAW provides an opportunity to network and strengthen the links between the Palestinian liberation struggle and other struggles against racism, oppression, and discrimination. In 2021, as every year since 2005, we will once again join our voices to denounce apartheid and celebrate our diversity. During the week from March 14th to March 21st, 2021 we will organize a series of inspiring actions and events to show that now, more than ever, we are #UnitedAgainstRacism.
Stay tuned for IAW program updates, take action now, and get involved!
Racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and inequality continue to grow around the world. In recent months, we have seen how people in the Global South and people of color, political prisoners, unhoused people, migrants, and refugees, among many others, have suffered from the scourge of COVID19, which has further exacerbated their vulnerability.
We have also seen how millions of people around the world have taken to the streets to protest against systemic racism, patriarchal violence, climate injustice, neoliberal austerity, and economic inequality, among other oppressions that continue to suffocate us. These protests for long-denied justice have inspired us to keep resisting injustice, to continue dreaming of freedom, and to keep insisting on our rights, in a united global front against racism and oppression.
Now, more than ever, we need you, we need each other. We need all our voices united across the world to end racism, colonialism, and apartheid. Read more
Palestine remains a central testing ground for global repression. Israel’s apartheid regime tests its militaristic and racist ideologies, surveillance tools, and weapons of oppression and racial domination on Palestinian bodies and society for export to the world as “field-tested.” These tools end up aggravating the militarized and racial oppression in many countries around the world, from fortress Europe to the US, from India to Myanmar, from Brazil and Honduras to South Sudan and Rwanda, and far beyond.
For the last 17 years, IAW has been organized around the globe to protest some of these injustices and to advocate for Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality as part of the struggle to attain our indivisible justice. Let's continue to weave ever more powerful networks of hope and mutual, intersectional solidarity. Together we are unstoppable.
This year Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will join the observance of the International Day Against Racism by organizing a global and massive virtual protest to resist racial discrimination, colonialism, and apartheid and to celebrate the diversity and connectedness of our struggles. We want our voices to be loud despite all the repression, but we can’t do it without your help.
Join Israeli Apartheid Week actions organizing a screening of the video "IAW Global Voices Against Racism" in your city*!
The IAW Global Voices Against Racism video is almost ready!
Many thanks to all those who have sent in their videos for the global protest. We are in the process of editing all the material received and will soon be able to share the result with everyone.
We want our message to reach the streets and go beyond the virtual world of social media, so we encourage you to organise a screening of the IAW Global Voices Against Racism video in your neighbourhoods and cities.
Register here and see details and technical specifications below.
- The video will be available by March 18th. We encourage you to organise projections for the night of Saturday, March 20th. For optimum screening quality, the projection has to be made in dim light.
- Choose a representative place in your city, an iconic location that represents the social struggles of your community. You can pick a place that symbolises what we protest against, such as a colonial wall, a headquarters of a criminal multinational, or a racist institution. Or, on the contrary, you may choose a space that symbolizes what we aspire to promote in our communities, such as a public square named after an inspiring progressive figure, a public park dedicated to social justice, etc..
- Look for a clean space to project, preferably with a plain background.
What do I need for the projection?
- You need a projector with a sound system (if you don't have this option, you can activate the subtitles on the video).
Other ideas to consider for organising the projection
- Take advantage of the screening to organize a small vigil (health conditions in your city permitting).
- Convene local media and organise a press conference.
- Organise an open street event to explain the campaign and why it is now more urgent than ever to denounce racism, colonialism and apartheid.
- Coordinate the screening with other anti-racist, feminist, anti-colonialist, anti-militarist, or climate justice collectives.
- Live-stream the screening and share videos and photos of the moment on your social media using the hashtag #UnitedAgainstRacim
Important: Make sure you take pictures, record the projection, and share this recording and photos with us on [email protected] by March 21st!
*while observing health/safety rules
Since its beginnings in 2004, IAW has organized thousands of events in hundreds of cities worldwide. Thanks to IAW, Israel's apartheid policies of institutionalized racism and systematic oppression against the Palestinian people are increasingly difficult to hide and whitewash.
IAW is a collective growing success that fuels the global BDS movement's unstoppable growth in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.
Now more than ever, let's continue to stand together.