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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Political declaration of the European Forum Against Agrexco


In June 2011, campaigners gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco.


In June 2011, campaigners gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. The following declaration was agreed upon by organisations from across Europe. 

Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco

July 2011

We, Palestinian and Europeans together, affirm our determination to put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe. Our actions are taking place within the framework of the Palestinian-led global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

We have established a European wide coalition of organisations committed to coordinating our boycott campaigns and court actions against Agrexco. Secondly, we are calling for a European day of action against Agrexco on Saturday 26 November 2011.

We aim to build the widest possible alliance of individuals and organisations across Europe concerned with international law and refusing to be complicit in the violations of the rights of the Palestinian people perpetrated by Agrexco.

Agrexco is dedicated to exporting agricultural products. Sold under brand names such as Carmel, Coral, Biotop, Eco-Fresh, etc. these products embody Palestinian suffering: grown on stolen land with stolen water, produced through the exploitation of Palestinian labour – including child labour – they are part and parcel of a policy of colonisation, dispossession and apartheid carried out by Israel in Palestine. Agro-industrial corporation turned towards exportation, Agrexco is developing an industrial agriculture which harms the environment and destroys peasant agriculture in Palestine as well as in Europe.

It is therefore a key actor of Israeli oppression and a strategic target for the BDS movement.

We recognize that national and multinational businesses as well as European institutions and governments have failed to act. They trade with Agrexco or legitimize its trade without regard for the rights of the Palestinian people, therefore becoming complicit in war crimes.

We, citizens of all European countries, are committed to end this unacceptable situation through information, advocacy, non-violent direct action, legal action, and popular campaigning.

The following organisations have joined the campaign against Agrexco. To sign the political declaration send an email to: christophe[dot]perrin[at]lacimade[dot]org (organisations only)

Coalition contre Agrexco (France)

BDS France (France)

Netherlands Palestine Committee (Netherlands)

U4P Utrecht for Palestine (Netherlands)

BPP Breed Platform Palestina Haarlem (Netherlands)

BDS Group Berlin (Germany)

International League of Human Rights (Germany)

Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany)

Stop Agrexco (Italy)

Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (Sweden)

Palestinakomiteen (Norway)

Collectif Urgence Palestine Vaud (Switzerland)

BDS Switzerland (Switzerland)

Comité de Solidariedade com a Palestina (Portugal)

Association Belgo-palestinienne (ABP) (Belgium)

Haags Vredesplatform (HVP) (Netherlands )

Boycott Israel Network (UK)

Red Solidaria Contra la Ocupación de Palestina (RESCOP) (Spain)

BDS Catalunya (Catalunya)

Izquierda Anticapitalista (Spain)

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK)

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) (Ireland)


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