PARLIAMENTARY ADVISOR TO SA PRESIDENT ON TAMBO & PALESTINE
for a message by Ebrahim Ebrahim MP,
the Parliamentary Advisor to South African President, Jacob Zuma. The message was written when Ebrahim was the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation as well as the Chairperson of the ANC's International Relations Sub Committee.
COLONEL RIBBON MOSHOLI ON TAMBO AND PALESTINE
for a speech titled "Celebrating Oliver Tambo: Advancing the Palestinian Struggle for Self-determination" written by
the International Relations Manager for the ANC, Colonel Ribbon Mosholi. Incidentally, Mosholi received military training with Palestinian icon Leila Khaled during the struggle against Apartheid.
NAMIBIA'S SAM NJUMO WITH PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR
Palestinian ambassador to South Africa who also serves Namibia, Amb. Hashem Dajani, recently held meetings with Namibian President Hage Geingob and Namibian National Speaker Peter Katjavivi. While in Windhoek he also met with Namibian revolutionary, founding member of the Namibian liberation organization SWAPO and the former President of Namibia Sam Njumo. Together with South Africa, SWAPO and Namibia are long standing allies of the Palestinian struggle.
SHORT VIDEO ON BDS BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
for a short video on the non-violent Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement. The BDS campaign was inspired by the sucessful boycott against Apartheid SA and seeks to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and human rights abuses.
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FREE FILM SCREENING OF "HELL OF A JOB" - MOVIE ON THE LIFE OF SOUTH AFRICAN ICON OLIVER TAMBO [20 FEB, JHB]
As we celebrate 100 years since his birth, the year 2017 is marked as the year of “Oliver Tambo”. Tambo (1917 – 1993), one of South Africa’s most loved sons, was in many ways the father of our international anti-apartheid movement and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Apartheid SA. Tambo was also the longest-serving President of the ANC.
Owing to his solidarity with and support for the struggle against Israeli occupation and oppression, OR Tambo is celebrated by Palestinians and Palestine solidarity activists. Palestinians, inspired by the successful boycott against Apartheid SA, have launched their own boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel campaign in the hope of non-violently forcing Israel to end its violations of international law and human rights abuses. Tambo’s work in the isolation of Apartheid SA and his robust sense of internationalism motivates and nourishes the Palestine solidarity movement today.
OLIVER REGINALD TAMBO ON SUPPORT FOR THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE AGAINST ISRAELI OPPRESSION
Under Apartheid, during the boycott against South Africa, Israel ignored the call for sanctions and supplied the Apartheid Government with weapons which were used against our people. The Palestinian people, on the other hand, gave us and our liberation struggle resources, military training and other forms of support. Here are some quotes and extracts from speeches delivered by Oliver Tambo on the plight of the Palestinian people.
“We share with the Palestinian people a common experience of racism, expressed in dispossession and genocide; for apartheid [in South Africa] and Zionism [in Israel] are but two sides of a single coin."- Oliver Tambo, 1983
“I congratulate the Palestinian people themselves for waging so heroic a struggle”- Oliver Tambo, 1992
"Our destinies lie together…in future when the people of Palestine are under attack, those of South Africa do not stand idly by…we must ensure that whenever the enemy attacks he will meet our united wrath.” - Oliver Tambo, 1981
"The Pretoria regime and the Zionist [Israeli] entity collaborate militarily and economically and the strategies of the one are emulated by other." - Oliver Tambo, 1983
"Though the Palestinian nation bled in Beirut, in Sabra and Chatilla, the wound was not fatal. We congratulate their vanguard movement, the Palestine Liberation Organizations (PLO), for having emerged united, more resolute and even more powerful."- Oliver Tambo, 1983
"We also hope that the negotiations in the Middle East will resume soon and address the fundamental question of the right of the people of Palestine to statehood." - Oliver Tambo, 1993
"We also take this opportunity to call on the Government of Israel to end its policy of deportations and allow the Palestinians who have been deported to Lebanon to return to their homes freely and without fear of persecution.” - Oliver Tambo, 1993
“The PLO in Palestine, SWAPO in Namibia, the Patriotic Front in Zimbabwe and the ANC in South Africa represent a future that is not anti-colonial merely but anti-imperialist as well. These liberation movements are the midwives of a future which will be characterised by the transfer of all power to the people...a genuine and meaningful transfer of power to the people.” – Oliver Tambo, 1979
"It behoves me, on this occasion, when the struggle he [Yasser Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization] leads and you support has been subjected to concerted attempts at liquidation, to express our unswerving solidarity with their just cause.
"We are convinced that, as has been the case in the past, the Palestinian cause will emerge from this temporary setback stronger than ever before."
"I reaffirm the principled solidarity of the African National Congress and the people of South Africa with the struggle of the Palestinian people” - Oliver Tambo, 1992
“I wish also to congratulate our beloved brother Yasser Arafat for his exemplary leadership of the Palestinian people” - Oliver Tambo, 1992
"In short, the imperialist countries provide the South African racists with the latest military equipment, planes, missiles, tanks, artillery, blueprints for armaments production and military skills. Part of this imperialist strategy is the consolidation of ties between Zionist Israel and fascist South Africa. - Oliver Tambo, 1977
"In the Middle East, the conspiracy is to attempt to destroy the legitimate aspirations and struggle of the Arab peoples and, in particular, the Palestinian people under the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation."- Oliver Tambo, 1977
"The African and Arab peoples are confronted with the same problems and the same enemy. The guns used to enslave the peoples of Palestine, Sahara, Namibia and South Africa are from the same source. The crazed assassins [Israel and Apartheid SA] who go on murderous rampages in the south of the Lebanon and the south of Angola are the product of the same teacher and the same school. The corporations that plunder our resources feed the same hand." - Oliver Tambo, 1981
“The unconditional upholding of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination must be an essential condition for a comprehensive settlement of the Middle East conflict” - Oliver Tambo, 1992
"Thirdly, the enemy`s strategy aims at the destabilisation and destruction of all progressive governments in our zone and their replacement with puppet regimes. The overall objective is to turn all Arab and African countries into client States, apparently sovereign but in fact helpless dependencies of the imperialist world. An important element in this third enemy objective is of course the defeat of the liberation movements fighting for the emancipation of Palestine, Western Sahara, Namibia and South Africa”- Oliver Tambo, 1981