Since his death, Nelson Mandela has been rightfully praised for his leading role in the ending of apartheid in
No less important were the many thousands of activists in the struggle
as well as the millions around the world who participated in the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions ( South Africa BDS) movement against
the notorious all white regime.
Since 2005 there has been a call by Palestinian civil society groups for a
BDS movement against the state of along the lines of the successful
1980s movement against apartheid Israel .
Physicist Stephen Hawking has boycotted conferences in South Africa and author Alice Walker has said
that conditions for Palestinians are far worse than what she experienced in the
segregated South. Archbishop Desmond
Tutu says the same about the conditions of Black South Africans under apartheid
With the founding of the state of
in 1948, upwards of a million Arab
Palestinians were forced off their land
by Jewish settlers primarily from Israel Europe. The
political doctrine of Zionism sought to establish a state exclusively for Jews
in historical .
Western guilt for having done almost nothing to save European Jews from
Nazi gas chambers facilitated the process.
In time, desire to control Mid East oil and politics led the Palestine to become a staunch supporter of US .
Under the Israel umbrella, US acts with near total impunity
demolishing Palestinian homes, appropriating land, and maintaining an apartheid
system similar to the one that existed in white-ruled Israel . South Africa
The US-Israel relationship is both a linchpin and weak point for the
empire. To ask hard questions about this relationship
and the treatment of Palestinians is to ask hard questions about the true
nature of US policy goals. It also
echoes similar US government appropriation of Native
American lands and denial of human rights of African American slaves. US
, we are especially focused on the
divestment of our state's $23 million in Minnesota bonds, which were bought with
taxpayer money and used in a host of ways to maintain Israel 's apartheid state. A statewide group, Minnesota Break the
Bonds, is working on divestment and we have a local affiliate as well. (http://mn.breakthebonds.org/; http://twinportsbbc.blogspot.com/). We are also involved in a wide range of
education and outreach activities.
Currently, there is a worldwide boycott aimed at SodaStream home
carbonation systems, which are sold at Target and many other chains. These products are made by an Israeli company
in illegally occupied Palestinian territory, where local Palestinian workers
are paid bare minimum wages. Like the
workers on Israel in the past, Palestinians are
subjected to constant security checks and have to commute to homes in
restricted areas because they are not permitted to live in exclusively Jewish
settlement areas. Soweto
History is on the side of the Palestinians. Check out these websites and join this unstoppable effort for Palestinian rights. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/; http://www.bdsmovement.net/
> The article above was written by Bob Kosuth of the Twin Ports Break the Bonds Campaign.