The Centre for Civil Society based within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies invites you to the seminar World support for Palestinian freedom – the sanctions strategy
Speaker: Muhammed Desai
Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 601, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College
What is the leading strategy for non-violent pressure against what is known as Israeli Apartheid? The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) South Africa organisation, based in Khotso House in Johannesburg, carries out research on SA-Israel links and develops strategic campaigns challenging these links. For example, members of BDS South Africa were central to the successful academic boycott campaign at the University of Johannesburg, leading to the 2011 termination of UJ’s institutional relationship with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University. The BDS movement has three demands: that Israel terminate the occupation of all lands occupied in 1967, including the dismantling of the wall and the illegal Jewish-only colonies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; uphold the right of return of Palestinian refugees as stipulated and guaranteed by international law; and end its system of institutionalized racism and segregation against Palestinian citizens of Israel. BDS has been endorsed by over 170 Palestinian parties, organizations, trade unions and movements representing the Palestinian people in the 1967 and 1948 territories and in the diaspora, and has been gaining international adherents since its inception.
Muhammed Desai has been to Palestine on several occasions. In 2004, on his return from spending three months with the (Christian) Liberation Theology organization, Sabeel, he co-founded the Wits University Palestine Solidarity Committee, which he also led for five years. Muhammed is currently employed as the full time coordinator of BDS South Africa.