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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National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada joins BDS movement

August 10, 2011
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The National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada joins the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), an organization representing 82 radio stations from every corner of Canada, adopted a motion at its annual general meeting on June 10, 2011, in the city of Halifax to endorse the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israeli apartheid.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada joins the global movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), an organization representing 82 radio stations from every corner of Canada, adopted a motion at its annual general meeting on June 10, 2011, in the city of Halifax to endorse the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (or BDS) against Israeli apartheid. In doing so, the NCRA is proudly the first national media organization in Canada to join the global movement for BDS.

The BDS resolution passed by the general membership of the NCRA comes on the heels of the BDS resolution unanimously adopted at AMARC10, the global conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters that gathered more than 500 broadcasters from 87 countries in La Plata, Argentina, this past November. With this resolution (full text linked below), the NCRA pledged to refuse to cooperate with Israeli media institutions, which are heavily controlled by the Israeli apartheid regime, as well as to support the development of community radio stations in Israel/Palestine. Importantly, the NCRA is also the most recent of a growing list of Canadian civil-society organizations who have supported the global BDS campaign, including labour unions, feminist, and student
groups.

Throughout its twenty-five year history, the NCRA has acted in support of local and global social justice struggles, including adopting resolutions in support of indigenous struggles in North and South America and advocating for the release of imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu Jamal.  Community radio in Canada has a long history of airing the voices of the voiceless from the struggles against Apartheid in South Africa to streets of occupied Palestine. With this BDS endorsement, the NCRA has proudly taken its place amongst its brothers and sisters in this worldwide movement bringing voices of justice to the airwaves.

--->To download or listen to an interview with Sylvia Richardson (CJSF-AMARC) talking about the BDS resolution, visit: http://www.mediacoop.ca/audio/voices-women-radio-conference-part-4-4/7481

--->To read the more about AMARC10, in addition to accessing the full text of the AMARC10 resolution, visit: http://wiki.amarc.org/?action=shownews&id=1172&lang=EN

--->To read the text of the NCRA BDS resolution, passed at the National Campus and Community Radio Conference, June 10 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, visit: http://ncra.ca/news/ncrc-resolutions-from-the-membership

August 10, 2011
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