South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has pledged to participate in the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week.
The Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual event that began in 2004. This year’s event is set for 7 – 13 March. The aim of the movement is to raise awareness about “Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people.”
The ANC confirmed its participation in a recently published statement.
“It is without any hesitation that the ANC will be participating in the 12th annual international Israeli Apartheid Week, as we have done in previous years. We do so as we know full well the invaluable contribution that the international anti-apartheid solidarity movement played in our struggle for freedom.”
The statement also implied that the success of the riddance of Apartheid in South Africa was aided by international support and it was only right that the same support be given to Palestine and other struggling nations.
Our armed struggle, our civil society campaigns, our mass demonstrations and our negotiations were greatly enhanced and legitimized by the successful international isolation of and solidarity campaigns against Apartheid South Africa during the 1980s.
Showing appreciation for those who stood in solidarity against Apartheid in South Africa, it said;
“The ANC appreciates the collective contribution made by millions of people all across world who took to the streets protesting for the isolation of and solidarity campaigns against Apartheid South Africa. These activists from all walks of life decided to take time from their busy programs, from their local campaigns and activities to contribute towards our freedom. Although this historic debt to the peoples of the world can never be repaid, we actively provide our solidarity today to the people of Cuba, Western Sahara, Palestine and other struggling peoples.”
The statement also urged leaders and those who are affiliated with the ANC to put off travelling to Israel either for business or leisure.