Palestine solidarity billboards go up across SOUTH AFRICA

From BDS South Africa:

The Palestinian solidarity movement in South Africa (through BDS South Africa and the Palestine Solidarity Alliance) have taken out over 12 billboards (large outdoor displays) across the country graphically explaining the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian lands and the dispossession of the Palestinian people. More than five billboards have already gone up with more to follow in coming weeks.

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A local black businessman from Johannesburg was inspired by a similar campaign initiated by Henry Clifford in the USA and decided to embark on the same initiative in South Africa. Earlier on this year Clifford personally backed a campaign with more than $25 000 of his own money to have adverts explaining the Israeli Occupation put up in New York metro stations. The ads stirred much controversy in the USA (see this CBS New York news clip:

The launch of the South African Palestine solidarity billboards campaign coincides with the month that South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), celebrates its longest-serving president, Oliver Tambo. Hundreds of international guests are expected to arrive in SA's capital, Tshwane/Pretoria, later this month for an international conference commemorating the life of Oliver Tambo. Tambo was crucial in building the successful international isolation of Apartheid South Africa, a strategy that the Palestine solidarity movement is now applying to Israel in an attempt to bring it in line with international law via the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign, which has gained significant ground in recent years.


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A Palestinian Warning To Britain Just Before The 1936 Palestinian Revolt Began

With illegal immigration on the increase in Mandate Palestine and with the dark promises of the Balfour Declaration hovering over the country, Palestinians issued this formal warning to Britain that unless it changes its policies facilitating Jewish immigration to Palestine, dire consequences will ensue. As we all know, Britain never heeded this warning and the Palestinian riots engulfed Palestine from 1936-1939 in civil protest and during which innocent lives were lost.
According to British source at the time, more than 2000 Palestinians were killer and over 100 were hanged because of this Revolt. Although eventually squashed by British Forces in Palestine (some were brought in from outside the country), the consequences of this Revolt were felt in the events of the 1947-48 zionist armed invasion of the country. They have shaped this conflict ever since.


Farewell My Library!

As part of their attempts at ethnic cleansing, the Israeli Army also tackled sistematic cultural cleansing by looting and destroying book collections of expelled Palestinians during and after 1948. Below is a link to an organisation devoted to produce a movie documenting this despicable act and erasure of collective memory.

The Great Book Robbery (teaser) from Benny Brunner on Vimeo.

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