UKZN commemorated Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), an annual international series of events including rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, films and workshops held in more than 250 cities, communities and campuses across the globe.
Political Science Lecturer Dr Lubna Nadvi said: ‘Many of us support the Palestinian struggle for political self-determination and freedom. Every year the global Palestine Solidarity movement hosts a range of activities as part of this solidarity campaign, including Israeli Apartheid Week.
‘At UKZN, staff and students participated in a range of activities across the city and in KwaZulu-Natal.’
As part of his South African tour for IAW 2017, Mr Pedro Ferraracio Charbel, Co-ordinator for Latin America of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), spoke at a public seminar at UKZN.
Charbel shared victories, successes and current campaigns coming out of Latin America as well as exploring ways to strengthen relations between South-South partners and between activists from BRICS countries on the issue of BDS and Palestinian solidarity.
At another seminar at UKZN, scholar Dr Felipe Buttelli spoke on whether Israel is a state of exception through reading a Palestinian perspective by Giorgio Agamben.
Other main IAW 2017 events included a film screening/discussion of 5 Broken Cameras, artwork exhibitions, spoken word poetry sessions around a “wall” exhibit, several radio interviews, and a one-hour radio discussion featuring UKZN Lecturer Dr Clint Le Bruyns’s segment on Radio Al Ansaar. Le Bruyns was in conversation with students, sharing their shifting perspectives on Palestine/Israel through the impact of IAW 2017.
Said Le Bruyns: ‘Roadmap to Apartheid was also screened on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus with students from various Schools and Disciplines visibly emotional about what they saw and learned about the daily plight of Palestinians.’