PRESS INVITE: ANC's Jessie Duarte to speak at Israeli Apartheid Week Rally Today [Thursday 13 March 1pm at Wits University]
The African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, will be the main speaker at today's student rally at Wits University at 1pm. All members of the media are invited.
DATE: Today, 13 March 2014
VENUE:Wits University Library Lawns, East Campus, Wits University
CONTACT: 0715028674 / 0842119988
Jessie Duarte has previously said: “The plight of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people makes each one of us a Palestinian. The people of Palestine are not merely ‘the Palestinian question’ to be mentioned in speeches in the UN when someone remembers that people are dying to preserve the State of Israel and its military machine. The feeble throwaway and carelessness by which the leaders of the developed world speak of death in Palestine, of hunger, of children not at school, of a wall of steel that locks in land stolen, of segregated roads and detentions without trial - is more than shame. It is the manifestation of humanity having lost its meaning."
"We must do more than lament and carry banners. We must be steadfast in our resolve to deny the State of Israel any formal recognition. We must ensure that our own government makes friends with people who show respect for human life and dignity, we need to shun the Israeli government . The time has come to stop making calls on deaf ears; the time for sanctions against Israel has come and gone. The world has to act. Systematic genocide is still genocide and the State of Israel has long ago lost its right to be considered as a state with any semblance of human rights ethics. Apartheid in Israel is Apartheid and this is a crime against humanity.” - Jessie Duarte, 01 September 2013 at the launch of "Why Israel".
In Cape Town today there will be a student protest in solidarity with the people of Palestine at the Unviersity of Cape Town at 1pm at the Jammie Plaza (Upper Campus, University of Cape Town). Cape Town contact 0820619674.