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. 

In the News

University of Dundee says goodbye to Israeli company, Eden Springs

The University of Dundee is the latest Scottish university to flush Eden Springs out of its campus.

Eden Springs UK is entirely owned, controlled and managed by Mayanot Eden which steals water from the Salukia spring in the occupied Syrian Golan, where it is bottled in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin.

The University of Dundee is the latest Scottish university to flush Eden Springs out of its campus.

Eden Springs UK is entirely owned, controlled and managed by Mayanot Eden which steals water from the Salukia spring in the occupied Syrian Golan, where it is bottled in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin. Eden Springs UK and Eden Springs Europe themselves do not steal water from the Syrian Golan – they source water locally, and this is precisely the objection that was put forward by certain individuals in Student Council meetings. However, what seems to be overlooked is that Eden Springs UK is, by virtue of being a subsidiary of Mayanot Eden and therefore a beneficiary of the stealing of water, directly linked to the criminal activities committed by its parent company.

Eden Springs is one of many companies which have been targeted for boycott and divestment since Palestinian civil society called for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli companies and the state of Israel in 2005. This is a campaign to economically pressure the state to cease its occupation of all Arab lands, allow Palestinian refugees the right of return and grant Palestinians full equality in Israel – in other words, to dismantle the apartheid system and obey international law.

The campaign to remove Eden Springs from Dundee University was very much a joint effort: students from Action Palestine, Stop the War and Socialist Worker student societies took part, with the help of university staff. This was begun in 2009.

Dundee University can now say that it no longer does business with companies that deny people the fundamental element of life in one part of the world, while profiting from it in another.

We’re also aware of the timing of the latest BDS victory against Eden Springs, coming on the back of similar victories at Glasgow Caledonian University (read more) and the University of Glasgow  (read more) and recent motion passed at the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students (NUS) (read more) and the ongoing campaign against the Scottish Government’s £200,000 grant to Eden Springs (see our post from June 29th) which flies in the face of the progressive vision of  Scotland the SNP government claim to have and the strong rhetoric against Israel’s many crimes used by Alex Salmond.

There is undoubtedly a gathering momentum against Eden Springs, particularly in Scotland and we think we have helped contribute to this.

Dundee University Action Palestine

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