Israel Apartheid Week kicked off in Northern Cape, South Africa, yesterday in participation with civil society organisations including the Boycott, Divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and political and trade union leaders.
The week, which includes lectures, political seminars, documentaries and artistic performances, aim to raise awareness of the Palestinian cause and the Israeli violations against Palestinian rights.
The head of the Northern Cape District of the ruling ANC party, Zamani Saul, stressed his party's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, his party's strategic relationship with Palestine and the importance of standing with the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation's racist policies and its continuous violations of human rights.
Member of the Communist Party, Chris Matlhako, also stressed the importance of standing against Israeli apartheid and supporting the Palestinian people's legitimate rights.
Provincial Secretary of the South African Communist Party, Norman Shushu, said the world should not remain silent about the US pressure including announcing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognising Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
For his part, Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Hashim Dajani, stressed the importance of exposing the repressive Israeli practices against the Palestinian people, noting that the Israeli practices will not undermine the Palestinian people's determination to achieve their aspirations for freedom, dignity, independence and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.