Africa’s solidarity with Palestine will become the overwhelming focus this week in Kenya and South Africa, as the two nations outfit to have Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).
Under the subject ‘Afro-Palestinian solidarity’ the current year’s Israeli Apartheid Week will center around both Israel’s politically-sanctioned racial segregation strategies against the Palestinians, and in addition featuring the Israel’s unfair arrangements against African refuge searchers.
IAW 2018 will also celebrate the historic support and solidarity that African liberation struggles and countries received from the PLO and the Palestinian people during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
“Israel’s warming diplomatic relations with Rwanda, Uganda, and particularly Kenya make it all the more urgent to get our citizens informed of the complicity of our governments in the African human rights crisis taking place as we speak in Israel, which mirrors in many ways the discriminatory practices towards Palestinians,” said Kenya Palestine Solidarity Movement (KPSM).
Venues across the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, will host film screenings, discussions and cultural performances between March 13 and 27.
Films shown will highlight the struggles, discrimination and violence Palestinians endure but also show their creativity, hope and resilience as they struggle under occupation.
The aim of IAW is to raise awareness about Israel’s military occupation and apartheid policies towards Palestinians, as well as to build support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign – a Palestinian-led global, non-violent, resistance movement modelled on the successful boycott of Apartheid South Africa.