"Israel has lost in Gaza. Whilst many Palestinians have lost their lives the Palestinians have not been conquered or cowed. Repression generates resistance and that will grow. Israeli aggression stands exposed". This is the address by Ronnie Kasrils, veteran South African communist and anti-apartheid activist, on the occasion of Israel Apartheid Week.
"Millions have already protested over Gaza. We need more such actions to force our governments to act. We need citizens to start an immediate boycott of Israeli companies and goods. We must put pressure on Indian companies that they cease doing business with Israel. Boycott, disinvestment and sanctions are what finally led to the dissolution of South Africa's apartheid regime. Only such actions will lead to the defeat of the Apartheid regime of Israel". Prabir Purkayastha writes in this article for People's Democracy.
President of UN General Assembly urges Israel to be recognized as an Apartheid state
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The following is a statement from South Africa, supported by a wide range of voices and institutions, condemning the celebration of Occupation apartheid:
At the end of the Week against the Apartheid Wall from November 9 to 16, Pragoti presents different facets of the Israeli occupation and the daily resistance of the people of Palestine.
Israel's West Bank Barrier has become the most visible manifestation of the Israeli military occupation and most pressing issue for Palestinians. Often misleadingly called a "security fence", photographs, images and video show another picture – that of apartheid. It is a part of Israel's larger attempt to legitimize the Palestinian ghettos, to permanently annex territory in the west of the West Bank, seal Palestinians in from the east, and surround a series of Palestinian Bantustans.
South African singing legend Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, after being taken ill in Italy. Makeba, known as "Mama Africa", spent more than 30 years in exile after lending her support to the anti-apartheid struggle. She appeared on Paul Simon's Graceland tour in 1987 and in 1992 had a leading role in the film Sarafina!
Billy Nair, stalwart of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, died on October 23, 2008. As a communist, he led from the front in the struggle of the working class against imperialism and racist domination.
Pragoti brings together an obituary and the statements of SACP, COSATU and ANC - the three organisations that shaped Billy Nair and to which he dedicated his life.
''KANGAMBA is one of the most serious and dramatic films I have ever seen. ...When a film even more dramatic than Kangamba is made, film history will show even more impressive episodes where the massive heroism of Cubans and Angolans shone until apartheid was defeated in humiliation."
Fidel Castro reflects on Kangamba, the Cuban film by Rogelio Paris and Jorge Fuentes.
According to John Pilger:
It is a picture of a lone woman standing between two armoured vehicles, the notorious ‘hippos’, as they rolled into Soweto. Her arms are raised. Her fists are clenched. Her thin body is both beckoning and defiant of the enemy. It was May Day 1985 and the uprising against apartheid had begun.