Monday the 11th of March marked the start of Israeli Apartheid Week.
Increasing media coverage leading up to this week was matched with Enthusiasm from students and Organisations in South Africa.
The Launch of Israeli Apartheid Week took place on Sunday , at the symbolic Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
Since the day before yesterday , Campaigns creating awareness about the issues facing Palestinians were led on by student organsations at Universities across South Africa.
Last night an incredible stance by students from different organisations incl. MSA, ANC an COSATU disrupted an event said to have been hosted by the Israeli embassy.
Tomorrow a massive balloon release is expected to take place on the campus lawns.
"I am a settler" flashmobs became an inspiring stepping stone for creating awareness on the University of Johanessburg campus which included a historic palestine exhibition.
A public discussion "bond between Palestine and Sa " --with Baleka Mbete (ANC) an Susan Abulhawa (Palestinian Author)took place at the Council Chambers at the University of Jhb . Massive attendace at this event led to venue being maxed out and not all guests had seating. Live media coverage by channel islam's Azhar Vadi.
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Discussion with Pepi Silinga on Israeli apartheid and youth struggle also were part of the week’s IAW schedule at Port Elizabeth.
Discussions thus far included "everyday occupation" and "voices of the dispossed" witih various guest speakers.
On Monday a flashmob re-enacting an aspect of the israeli-palestinian conflict took place , another flashmob took place today with Beatboxer Naz Jam and graffiti artist Ewok Robinson. Westville also had a rally yesterday , speakers incl. Ancyl , cosatu , ukzn Hindu Association an ukzn Golden Key honorary members.
Students at UKZN Howard College , commenced their israeli apartheid awareness campaign by painting the student union wall two days ago. A skype session between ukzn academics , students and staff with Palestinian students in Gaza was set to take place yesterday during Lunch. Today a flashmob took place on campus.
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This led to numerous articles in the Daily News, the Mercury , SABC news , CII , Radio Islam and Lotus fm.
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A performance by "amandla intifada" protesting israeli apartheid drew in support at University of Pretoria yesterday ,this public rally event had included in the front lines Ronald Lamola (president of anc youth league) and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (bds south africa)
Today Jessie Duarte headed a disccussion on ANC support for palestine .
"Mock israeli checkpoints and apartheid wall" are still to be initiated as part of the israel apartheid week awareness campaign at University of Pretoria.
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This did not deter students , a candlelight vigil and Qiyamul Layl (late night prayer) took place last night.Permission was not granted to have a march/peaceful walk on the grounds of the University today. Activists at UCT are continuing with IAW events and An "eviction notice initiative” has commenced at certain residences on the Cape Town University , creating a feel of what Palestinians have had to undergo when demanded to disperse from their homes.
The Israeli Apartheid Week activities have certainly created awareness , but a lot more needs to be done in aiding the plight of the Palestinians.
"We condone the pleas of the people of Palestine and call upon upon our South African Government to boycott Israeli products, disinvest in Israel and place sanctions on Israel
A screening of the national film tour : Jerusalem: The East Side Story is to take place throughout the week across the country.
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