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The Sixth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week 2010Salem-News.com
Solidarity in Action: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions March 2010
(JERUSALEM) - Mark your calendars - the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place across the globe from from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010!
Since it was first launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. They are making certain demands that are very similar to past world movements that enjoyed great success.
Last year, more than 40 cities around the world participated in the week's activities, which took place in the wake of Israel's brutal assault against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. IAW continues to grow with new cities joining this year.
IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level.
Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of these successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid.
Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon.
BNC Statement in support of Israeli Apartheid Week
Occupied Palestine, 1 March 2010 - The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) salutes the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), which will take place in over 40 cities this year. For the first time, IAW will see activities in Gaza City, where Palestinians continue to resist Israel’s illegal blockade which has transferred the occupied Gaza Strip into the world's largest prison camp. Also for the first time, students in Beirut have organized the first IAW in the Arab world outside Palestine. This in addition to IAW activities undertaken in dozens of cities in South Africa, Europe and North America. IAW has become a sign of the growing solidarity across borders in our global struggle against racism and oppression.
Whereas student and youth movements played a key role in ending Apartheid in South Africa, IAW is currently one of the most important tools to educate people about the nature of Israel as a colonial apartheid system and to build on the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. We hope that your participation in IAW this year will only be a step forward in your concrete and effective campaigns to pressure apartheid Israel to comply with international law.
We also take this opportunity to salute our sisters and brothers from around the world who are also struggling against racism, colonialism and oppression. From the landless peoples' movements of South Africa and Latin America, to the indigenous sovereignty struggles of the original nations of the Americas and Australia, to struggles of racialized and migrant communities the world over: our struggle is one and the same, a struggle for human dignity that will no doubt, one day, be victorious.
In solidarity for freedom, justice, and self-determination Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
If you are planning to organize IAW in your city in 2010, please contact: email@example.com
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