World Bulletin/News Desk
The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) opened in South African on Sunday to promote awareness about the sufferings of the Palestinian people.
"At our 53th conference we retaliated our resolution to continue supporting the people of Palestine. International solidarity plays a great role," Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau told the launch ceremony at the workers museum.
Tau, the regional chairperson for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, believes the Israeli Apartheid Week will help create awareness about the sufferings of the Palestinian people.
Last week, the ANC, which championed the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, officially endorsed the upcoming Israeli Apartheid Week.
It said participating in this year's Apartheid Week was part of its commitment to the international anti-apartheid movement.
More than 75 South African organizations have backed the pro-Palestinian campaign, which will run until March 16.
IAW is an international series of events organized annually to raise awareness of Israel's aggressions against the Palestinian people.
Launched 10 years ago by Palestinian activists in Canada, the IAW activities are now held in 150 cities around the world, including more than 25 cities and towns in South Africa.
Zingiswa Losi, the second deputy president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), read out a statement on behalf of her organization.
"COSATU supports the Israeli Apartheid Week," she said.
Losi said COSATU is proud to continue to actively champion the cause of the Palestinian people in all possible forums and spaces it happens to occupy.
"We hail our parliament for recently hosting a successful and inspiring International Solidarity Conference with the people of Cuba, Western Sahara and Palestine," she added.
Messages of support were also delivered by many organizations that endorsed the Israeli Apartheid Week.
Ismail Coovadia, a former South African Ambassador to Israel, also spoke at the function.
He praised the South African chapter of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign group for doing a good job in highlighting the plight of Palestinians.
Also present at the launch was international best-selling author Miko Peled, author of "The Israeli Army General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine."
Peled will conduct a speaking tour in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.
South African musician Simphiwe Dana will hold a music concert in Johannesburg.
Several politicians, including ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, are expected to speak among others activities lined up.
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