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BDS South Africa | 19 October 2012

CALL BY FORMER INTERNATIONAL ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVISTS TO THE ANC ON BDS


The call below to South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), was first circulated on the 19th of October 2012 and within a week was signed by over 150 former international anti-apartheid activists. It has the support of signatories from more than 19 countries, belonging to over than 35 organizations. 

Some signatories include:
- Alice Walker 
US Civil Rights Movement ( USA ) 
- Baldwin Sjollema 
World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism ( Switzerland )   
- Billy Fletcher Jr. 
Trans Africa Forum ( USA ) 
- Christabel Gurney 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK ) 
- David Leadbeater 
Canadians Concerned About Southern Africa ( Canada ) 
- E.S. Reddy 
United Nations Centre Against Apartheid ( USA ) 
- Francesca Viceconti 
Artists Against Apartheid ( UK )  
- George Shepherd Jr. 
American Committee on Africa ( USA )  
- Heather Grey 
Martin Luther King Center Atlanta ( USA ) 
- Kate Gilford 
Mozambique Angola Guinea Bissau Information Committee ( UK )  
- Mireille Fanon-Mendes France 
Frantz Fanon Foundation ( France ) 
- Paulette Pierson Mathy 
Committee Against Colonialism and Apartheid ( Belgium ) 
- Prexy Nesbitt 
World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism ( USA ) 
- Victoria Brittain 
 London Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK )

If you would like to sign this international call (and fulfill the criteria, i.e. you were active in the former international anti-apartheid movement) please send an email toalerts@bdssouthafrica.com with the following information:
1) your full name and surname;
2) the anti-apartheid organization that you may have been part of; and,
3) the country in which you were (most) active.

MEDIA ITEMS
- Press Release: Over 150 Former International Anti-Apartheid activists call on S. Africa's ANC to boycott Israel [26_10_2012]


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CALL BY FORMER INTERNATIONAL ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVISTS TO THE ANC
Dear South African Comrades, 

We -- former international anti-apartheid activists -- supported the African National Congress (ANC) and the people of South Africa in their fight for liberation and against apartheid by mobilizing support for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the South African apartheid regime.

We succeeded to put the crime of apartheid on the agenda of political parties, trade unions, churches, non-governmental organizations, artists, sports bodies, universities and concerned citizens. We called on people not to buy apartheid products and we discouraged tourism to the country. We campaigned for a weapons embargo, an oil embargo, a Krugerrand boycott, a sports, academic and cultural boycott. We pressurized companies and banks to withdraw from apartheid South Africa. We mobilized thousands of people to participate in demonstrations against apartheid.

On the occasion of the 3rd ANC International Solidarity Conference, we call on the ANC to support the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, justice and equality. We are deeply concerned about Israel's ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people with total impunity.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society released a call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel to pressurize the Israeli government to change. The call - anchored in universal human rights - defined three basic Palestinian rights that constitute the minimal requirements of a just peace, namely, that Israel should:
- End its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle its Apartheid Wall;

- Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and,

- Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
We call on the ANC to support the Palestinian call for BDS as expression of the party's solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people to enjoy their rights, including the right to self-determination.

ALL SIGNATORIES:

- Adri Nieuwhof 
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands ) 
- Alan Maass 
Anti-Apartheid Alliance Northwestern Uni. ( USA ) 
- Alice Walker 
US Civil Rights Movement ( USA ) 
- Amir Hassanpour 
World Confederation of Iranian Students ( USA ) 
- Anette Groth 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Germany ) 
- Angela Mai 
( Germany ) 
- Anneloek Bunnik-Teenstraa 
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands ) 
- Arn Dekker 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK ) 
- Ate Kooistra 
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation ( Netherlands ) 
- Baldwin Sjollema 
World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism ( Switzerland ) 
- Basil Clunie 
Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa ( USA ) 
- Beate Klein Becker 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( USA ) 
- Begona Zabala 
Internationalist Women ( Basque Country ) 
- Ben Khumalo-Seegelken 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Germany ) 
- Bernard Spong 
SA Council of Churches ( South Africa ) 
- Bertil Hogberg 
Africa Groups of Sweden ( Sweden ) 
- Betty Hunter 
National Union of Teachers ( UK ) 
- Billy Fitzpatrick 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland ) 
- Billy Fletcher Jr. 
Trans Africa Forum ( USA ) 
- Blake Alcott 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK ) 
- Bob Newland 
London Recruits ( UK ) 
- Bob Ware 
Calgary Free Southern Africa Committee ( Zimbabwe ) 
- Brian Campbell 
SACTU Solidarity Committee ( Canada ) 
- Brian Durrans 
Community Heart Charity ( UK ) 
- Carla Schuddeboom 
Amandla ( Netherlands ) 
- Carol Thompson 
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars ( USA ) 
- Chandler Davis 
Toronto Committee for the Liberation of Portugal's African Colonies ( Canada ) 
- Charles Hayes 
Cork City Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland ) 
- Christabel Gurney 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK ) 
- Claudia Omoregie 
Workshop Southern Africa ( Germany ) 
- Cor Groenendijk 
Shipping Research Bureau ( Netherlands ) 
- Corrie Roeper 
Liberation Fund of Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands ) 
- Dave Esbester 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( UK ) 
- David Hillman 
London Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK ) 
- David Leadbeater 
Canadians Concerned About Southern Africa ( Canada ) 
- David Lloyd 
Uni. California Berkeley Faculty Against Apartheid ( USA ) 
- Declan Bree 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland ) 
- Diane Langford 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( UK ) 
- Dirk Bakker 
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation ( Netherlands ) 
- Doris Bittar 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( USA ) 
- Enuga Sreenivasulu Reddy 
United Nations Centre Against Apartheid ( USA ) 
- Erik Bergh, van den 
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands ) 
- Farouk Dindar 
ANC-Canada ( Canada ) 
- Francesca Viceconti 
Artists Against Apartheid ( UK ) 
- Frank Keoghan 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( Ireland ) 
- Frankie Green 
Anti-Apartheid Movement ( New Zealand ) 
- Gary Kinsman 
Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee ( Canada ) 
- Gavin Brown 
City of London Anti-Apartheid Group ( UK ) 
- George Shepherd Jr. 
American Committee on Africa ( USA ) 
- Gert Van Maanen 
Christian Fellowship Trust ( Netherlands ) 
- Gustave Massiah 
Movement Anti-Apartheid ( France ) 
- Guus Hoelen 
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands ) 
- Hans Blum 
Working Group Southern Africa ( Germany ) 
- Harry Derksen 
Support to ANC refugee camps ( Netherlands ) 
- Heather Grey 
Martin Luther King Center Atlanta ( USA ) 
- Helen McCue 
ANC Support Committee ( Australia ) 
- Herman Van Spijker 
Liberation Fund of Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands ) 
- Hilde Scholten 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Netherlands ) 
- Hildegard Lenz 
Kairos ( Germany ) 
- Himan Bannerji 
York Uni. Faculty Association ( Canada ) 
- Howard Davidson 
Alberta Anti-Apartheid Alliance ( Canada ) 
- James Godfrey 
Coalition Against Apartheid ( Australia ) 
- James E. Rauch 
Protest Action Princeton ( USA ) 
- Jannie Brightman 
Anti-Apartheid activist in US Civil Rights movement ( USA ) 
- Jannie Dreezen 
Flemish Anti-Apartheid Coordination ( Belgium ) 
- Jannie Van der Kolk 
Working Group Kairos ( Netherlands ) 
- Janwillem Rouweler 
Shipping Bureau ( Netherlands ) 
- Joanne Naiman 
Canadians Concerned About South Africa ( Canada ) 
- Johan Kesteren, van 
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands ) 
- John Greyson 
Simon Nkoli Anti-Apartheid Committee ( Canada ) 
- John Minto 
Halt All Racist Tours ( New Zealand, UK ) 
- John Rose 
London Recruits ( UK ) 
- John Y. Jones 
Anti-Apartheid activist ( Norway ) 
- Joke Van Maanen 
Christian Fellowship Trust ( Netherlands ) 
- Karel Koster 
Holland Committee on Southern Africa ( Netherlands ) 
- Karel Solomon 
Sydney People opposed to Racist Tours ( Australia ) 
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