Wednesday, 4 April 2018

After artiste's controversial performance, South Africans Strengthen cultural boycott of Israel

 South Africans are not  forgetting so soon, how it felt to be under oppression. The country's ruling party, ANC, is sustaining its cultural boycott of Israel in solidarity with the occupied territory of the Palestine and the Pelestinian people.
 According to unfolding events monitored by African Arts with Taj, the ANC has called on culture professionals
to join its cultural boycott of Israel.
Lindiwe Zulu
 From the obnoxious apartheid era, Black South Africans never hid their dislike for Israel. Under apartheid, South Africa voted at the UN for the partitioning of Palestinian land to create state of Israel.
 In post-apartheid, a non-governmental group, movement for an Academic boycott of Israel, acted on the earlier platform 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which was established in South Africa after a 2001 Durban Conference on Racism.
 But currently, after a popular South African artiste, DJ Black Coffee played in Tel Aviv over the weekend, the ANC reinforced its boycott.
 "In solidarity with the people of Palestine, we will continue highlighting shortcomings wherever they rear their head with regard to the role of South Africans in undermining the cause of the emancipation of the people of Palestine," chairperson of the ANC's international relations committee, Lindiwe Zulu, stated. "We await an opportunity to engage Black Coffee and the creative sector at large, with a view to finding each other on this and other matters, as a way of creating common cause between all South Africans in rallying behind Palestine."
 Zulu revisited the struggle of Black South Africans against white oppressors and urged culture professionals not to forget so soon how the international communities stood by the people. "The peoples of Palestine are in a just cause for self-determination and we urge our artists not to form part of the normalisation of Israel's suppression of the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination and statehood that mirrors our own very own struggle.
  "The South African artistic community, having themselves experienced discrimination and oppression, must therefore continue to pledge solidarity with others who are oppressed."



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