The next BDS action in the Rundle Mall will be this Friday 14 January at the usual time of 6pm to 7pm. Please meet at the Mall entrance to the Myer Centre.
As always, we will have green T-shirts for people to wear and placards to hold (which you will need to return to the coordinator) and leaflets to hand out to passers by.
You may need an umbrella as showers have been forecast.
This will be Adelaide’s 15th consecutive Friday BDS action against the Israeli cosmetics company, Seacret, which has a retail stall on the ground floor of the Myer Centre in the Mall. AFOPA has joined the global BDS movement and heeded the call of Palestinian Civil Society to Boycott, Divest and Sanction the state of Israel to pressure it to cease its oppression of the people of Palestine. Putting pressure on the economy of South Africa worked to rid the world of apartheid in that country and it can work for Palestine. Actions like ours are happening all over Australia and indeed the world. So, if you haven’t yet been able to come, please consider joining us in the Mall.
Adelaide shoppers are very interested in what we have to say and many support us and ask for our leaflets and more information. Our persistent, peaceful protest has gained us a number of new members and supporters and people from other activist groups have also come to take part.
Here is the link to the YouTube from last Friday: http://www.youtube.com/user/AustralianFOPA#p/a/u/0/BnsUymkeOss
Have you completed the AFOPA Membership Survey? Please consider doing it because it is very easy and quick to complete and it is really important that our Association hears from you, its members and supporters, about how we are going and what we could do to improve. You can go to the survey by clicking here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/55MRCFD. If that does not work try: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/55MH27K.
PRESENTATION: Introduction to Palestine and the boycott/divestment campaign
We have been provided today with late notice of this presentation, which has been organised by Adelaide Activists. AFOPA has not been involved with organising the presentation and is not aware of the content. It is encouraging to see that other groups are taking initiatives in Adelaide regarding the BDS. For those of you on Facebook, you can check out the details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191393274211329&index=1
WHEN: This Saturday 15 January · 14:00 – 17:00
WHERE: Adelaide Activist Centre, Rm 205, 95 Currie St, Adelaide
DESCRIPTION: This presentation is designed for people who are new to issues surrounding the Palestine/Israel conflict. It will address both the historical events as well as inform people about the current BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) campaign against Israel’s apartheid policies. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and have discussions. For this reason it would be great if people who had more developed understandings of the issues also came along.
Adelaide Rally to Support Wikileaks and Julian Assange has been postponed and will not be held this Saturday as previously announced.
Go to the Facebook page for further information: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181160868571449
CARE2 PETITION IN DEFENCE OF ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND TUTU
Tutu’s life has been lived in the spirit of “never again” – the ultimate lesson of the Holocaust
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has publicly criticised Israeli policy towards Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. He has also criticised Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. These criticisms are well-known.
Recently, his criticisms of Israeli policy have elicited bitter personal attacks. Amidst calls for him to be removed as Patron of the Cape Town and Johannesburg Holocaust Centres of the South African Holocaust Foundation, Tutu has been attacked and labelled an “anti-Semite” and a “bigot”.
Disagreements should be debated openly, but these personal attacks are totally unacceptable.
During the Second World War, which killed 60 million people, Nazi Germany killed socialists, gay men and lesbians, Roma people, and resistance fighters, but its most systematic destruction was of the Jewish people. Six million Jews were transferred to ghettos and concentration camps before being murdered.
This grotesque crime against humanity must never be forgotten. Its legacy and lessons belong to and must be guarded by all of humanity. Racism -including anti-Semitism- sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and inhumanity must be resisted wherever they occur. As stated in the Mission Statement of the South African Holocaust Foundation, we must build “a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.”
This is precisely the cause to which Tutu has dedicated his life. He represents the finest tradition of resistance to all forms of oppression. He has taught us that understanding the Holocaust begins with appreciating that the only way for each of us to be safe is for all of us to be safe. He embodies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document born of the horrors of the Second World War, the rights contained in which pertain equally to Israelis and Palestinians.
To use the Holocaust in an attempt to de-legitimise Tutu is to undermine its legacy and insult the memory of its victims. To call him an anti-Semite, because he has attacked the policies of the Israeli government, is outrageous, renders the term meaningless, and enfeebles the necessary efforts to defeat real anti-Semites and racists.
We give our support to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a most appropriate patron of the South African Holocaust Foundation.
SIGN PETITION HERE: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/defend-tutu/
Australians for Palestine