17 March 2018   29. Jumad-us-Thaani 1439
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Friday, 09 March 2018 09:48

Prominent Palestinian author and activist Ali Abunimah on SA speaking tour

Prominent Palestinian-American journalist, activist, media-analyst, author and co-founder of the widely acclaimed and award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah, will be in South Africa for the 14th #IsraeliApartheidWeek (12 - 18 March 2018).

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago, Ali Abunimah has authored "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse" and "The Battle for Justice in Palestine”. Abunimah is also the recipient of the 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship and has written thousands of articles in major publications including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and has appeared on various television discussion programs on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, Aljazeera and other networks.

Ali Abunimah's mother is originally from the Palestinian village of Lifta but became a refugee in the 1948 Israeli expulsion of indigenous Palestinians from their homeland. His father is from the village of Battir, now in the Palestinian West Bank, and served as a diplomat at the UN.

Abunimah is one of the world's leading media and activist voices on the Palestinian issue.


TUESDAY (13 MARCH 2018, 18H30)
TOPIC:    Israel’s racism against Africans and Afro-Palestinian solidarity
VENUE:  Graduate Seminar Room, East Campus, Wits University, Johannesburg
INFO:      081 740 3838

WEDNESDAY (14 MARCH 2018, 13H00)
VENUE:  Building 123, South Campus, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth
HOSTS:   Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy
INFO:      ‭082 612 1657‬‬

THURSDAY (15 MARCH 2018, 18H00)
VENUE:  New Lecture Theatre Building, Upper Campus, UCT, Cape Town
HOSTS:  UCT PSF, PSA UWC and others
INFO:     082 695 5659

FRIDAY (16 MARCH 2018, 18H00)
TOPIC:   “Prospects for Palestine’s Liberation in the Era of Trump”
VENUE:  28 Sir Lowry Road, Foreshore, Cape Town
HOSTS:   Palestine Museum, PSC,
INFO:      ‭082 612 1657‬‬

SATURDAY (17 MARCH 2018, 11H00)
TOPIC:   Introduction to Palestine solidarity
VENUE:  Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha
HOSTS:   Equal Education
INFO: ‭     082 612 1657‬‬

#IsraeliApartheidWeek (12-18 March 2018), endorsed in South Africa by over 100 organizations, is an international series of self-organized rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, sports events, films and workshops held annually in over 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe. With "Afro-Palestinian solidarity" as this year's theme, #IsraeliApartheidWeek in SA will focus on both Israel’s apartheid policies against the Palestinians as well as the regime's discriminatory policies against Africans.

Israel is expelling thousands of Africans, giving them an ultimatum: leave by 1 April 2018 or risk indefinite imprisonment. Israel has offered one hundred thousand Rands in bonuses to civilians who aide in forcibly deporting African asylum seekers. Israel has portrayed non-Jewish Africans as a threat to Israel's Jewish character calling them “infiltrators” with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly calling for their expulsion saying that Africans "threaten the social fabric of society.” Israel’s Minister of Interior, Eli Yishai, has said that African immigrants “think the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man.” And the Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, Miri Regev, has compared Africans to “a cancer”. In 2013 Israel was revealed to be forcibly sterilising African women without their consent.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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Important Dates

  • Tuesday, 20 March 2018
    The Illustrious Ashara Mubashara (RA)
    After Isha (Jamat - 8:00)
    Beatrice Street Musallah
  • Thursday, 22 March 2018
    Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA)
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