imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

A New Movement Against Apartheid

by Palestine Solidarity Group Saturday, Dec. 07, 2002 at 2:03 PM

International Movement Against Israeli Apartheid

A New Movement Against Apartheid

By Derrick O’Keefe

At the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, a dynamic new political movement was launched: “the Anti-Apartheid movement against Israel”, which campaigns against the Israeli occupation, for the right of return of refugees, and exposes the overall racist nature of the Palestinians’ subjugation by the Israeli government.

In recent years, many veterans of the struggle against white rule in South Africa have noted the similarities between their oppression and that of the Palestinians: the restrictions on travel, the military checkpoints, the arbitrary arrests, the detentions and shootings, the overwhelming poverty and brutal working conditions.

The founding declaration of this new movement against apartheid stated:

"We, South Africans who have lived through apartheid cannot be silent as another entire people are treated as non-human beings; people without rights or human dignity and facing daily humiliation. We cannot permit a ruthless state to use military jets, helicopter gun-ships and tanks on civilians. We cannot accept state assassinations of activists, the torture of political prisoners, the murder of children and collective punishment."

Na’eem Jeenah, a former anti-apartheid activist and a spokesperson for the Palestine Solidarity Committee of Johannesburg, South Africa, recently completed a three-week North American tour to highlight current Israeli Apartheid policies. Jeenah, who amongst his many responsibilities heads the Muslim Youth Movement in South Africa and helps run a progressive, independent radio station, spoke to a United Nations Committee on Palestine in New York and at public and campus meetings in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Sacramento, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Montreal, and Toronto.

Jeenah’s tour caught the ire of the pro-Israel lobby in both Canada and the United States. Exposing the racist mythology behind the initial displacement of the Palestinian people, summarized in the Zionist mythology of “a land without people for a people without land”, Jeenah’s analysis goes beyond a simple focus on the illegal Israeli occupation. It points to the critical importance of the demand for the right of the return of Palestinian refugees.

The conclusion that Jeenah presents –that the suffering of the Palestinians is greater even that of Blacks in racist South Africa –is a powerful one, considering that Jeenah’s own brother was murdered by the police of the apartheid regime.

As Jeenah explained “one big difference was that in South Africa we never experienced collective punishment. Collective punishment, which is illegal under international law, is the daily experience of Palestinian people living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It takes a number of forms: house demolitions and the destruction of property, removal and relocation of people or ‘transfer’ as it is called, imprisonment of family members, and deportation. All of these kinds of things and the world does nothing about it”.

In apartheid South Africa privileges flowed from one’s being white, whereas in Israel privileges flow from one’s being Jewish. Palestinians living within Israel –those pejoratively called “Israeli Arabs” –are denied a number of basic rights, including the right to buy land and have equal access to social services and assistance.

In the West Bank and Gaza, the restrictions on free movement clearly go beyond what Blacks in South Africa endured. Palestinians towns, separated as they are by military checkpoints, walls, and Jewish-only roads, have been compared to the Bantustans to which Blacks were relegated. In the current environment of siege, with the constant curfews, travel can be virtually impossible.

Indeed Jeenah’s tour coincided with a desperate time for the Palestinian people. Ariel Sharon’s regime is employing a combination of violence and starvation to try and stop their resistance. A recent study found that 1 in 5 Palestinian children suffer from acute malnutrition. The Israeli army’s shoot-to-kill curfews literally force families to stay in their homes for days at a time.

Over half the population is unemployed, resulting in 62% of Palestinians attempting to survive on less than /day. Many that can find work have jobs within Israel, but they spend hours each day at the ubiquitous military checkpoints. This economic hardship, deliberately imposed, has led to mass emigration, with tens of thousands leaving the West Bank for Jordan and other countries already this year.

The urgent situation in Palestine could become even worse in the likely event of a new U.S. attack on Iraq. Whereas in the 1991 Gulf War, Israel was held back from joining in by the U.S., this time the Tel Aviv regime has threatened to respond massively to even a single Iraqi shell. Credible observers have even speculated that Sharon would use the cover of an Iraq war to conduct mass expulsions from the West Bank and Gaza. This policy amounts to “ethnic cleansing”, although you’ll be hard pressed to hear it described in such words by the mainstream media.

The coming war against Iraq will very much be a war on two fronts. The Palestinian people could well be every bit as much the victims of this war. Many observers have noted that it has been the resistance of Palestinian people, through over two years of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, that has forced the U.S. to delay its attack on Iraq.

Anti-war sentiment around the world is growing. In Italy, there were recent protests across the country involving 1.5 million people, while in London 400 000 demonstrated against the war and in support of the Palestinian struggle. October 26th saw close to 300 000 people mobilized across the United States –in the proverbial “belly of the beast” –to oppose Bush’s war drive. These mass mobilizations point as well to a great potential to build an international solidarity movement worthy of the Palestinian cause.

Of all the lessons of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa perhaps the most important is the crucial role of international solidarity. By the late 1980s, the anti-apartheid movement was active on every campus in North America and had the support of union, community and church groups. Divestment, economic sanctions, and diplomatic isolation helped finish off apartheid. This is not to diminish the struggle of the South African people, whose resistance was decisive in victory.

At a public forum in Vancouver, Jeenah was asked how the Palestinians could hope to achieve victory, faced as they are by a world with a lone superpower that backs Israel with the help of a powerful international lobby. The optimistic response of this veteran of the fight against racism and domination was inspiring. “There was a time when I didn’t believe that I would see a non-racial South Africa in my lifetime, but perhaps my children or grandchildren would see it. But here I am, having seen the end of apartheid in South Africa, and now I have the same hope for Palestine.”

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy