Members of the media are invited to a public rally at the University of Cape Town (UCT) with South African Government Minister and ANC National Executive Committee member, Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha, and visiting Palestinian author/activist Omar Barghouti. Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights activist, author, and co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement.
EVENT ON PALESTINE AT UCT, CAPE TOWN
Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha (SA Government Minister and ANC NEC member) and Omar Barghouti (Palestinian Activist)
Celebrating Internationalism, Boycotting Apartheid Israel, Advancing the BDS campaign
Leslie Social 2A, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, Cape Town
0762748062 / 0842119988
University of Cape Town PSF, BDS South Africa, ANC Youth League, Young Communist League of SA and Progressive Youth Alliance
ABOUT OMAR BARGHOUTI
Omar Barghouti, based in Ramallah (Occupied West Bank, Palestine) is a well known Palestinian commentator and human rights activist who was actively involved in the international anti-apartheid movement during the 1980s. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. In 2005, with Israel's increasing occupation and human rights abuses, Palestinians (inspired by the successful boycott and isolation of Apartheid South Africa) called on the international community to support a non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and respects human rights. Since 2005 several artists have openly boycotted Israel, various Churches and pension funds have divested from Israel and there is an increasing sanctions campaign, mainly in Europe, against Israeli banks and other finance bodies all due to the growing pressure exerted by the global Palestinian BDS movement. Click here for a Guardian Newspaper (UK) video interview with Omar Barghouti: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAwPRjWUKd0
Barghouti holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master's degree in Philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University.
Progressive Youth Alliance: Lwazi Somya, 0796699292
UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum: Alex Hotz, 0820619674
ANC Youth League: Marissa Van Rensburg, 0762748062
BDS South Africa: Kwara Kekana, 0724491774
PRESS INVITE ISSUED BY MUHAMMED DESAI ON BEHALF BDS SOUTH AFRICA