Is it delusional? Is it hypocritical? No, it’s both – it is BDS South Africa
January 22, 2013
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Sometimes it is pointless to try to caricature something which is already the Everest of self-caricature. So I present to you BDS South Africa in its very own words. (PS. Keep a bucket handy for your own safety and comfort.)
This year, to mark the 8th International Holocaust Remembrance Day, BDS South Africa and Open Shuhada Street (OSS) will hold a Holocaust Remembrance Day event on Sunday the 27th of January at 17h00 in Johannesburg (see the attached invite). Other human rights organizations to have endorsed this BDS South Africa and OSS event include the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Coalition for a Free Palestine, the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI – South Africa), Kairos Southern Africa, Ndifuna Ukwazi, People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), Saint George’s Cathedral (Cape Town) and the South African Council of Churches (SACC).
INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT (South Africa)
– Commemoration and Candlelight vigil
DATE: Sunday, 27 January 2013
VENUE: Women’s Goal, Lekgotla Space, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg
ADDRESS: Corner Kotze and Joubert Street, Braamfontein
PARKING: Underground Parking available off Joubert Street
HOSTS: BDS South Africa and Open Shuhada Street
– Professor Steven Friedman (Rhodes University)
– Kayum Ahmed (CEO, South African Human Rights Commission)
* Institutional names are for identification purposes only, participants speak in personal capacity.
We, BDS South Africa and Open Shuhada Street (two primarily Palestine solidarity-focused human rights organizations) are embarking on this – hopefully regular event – firstly, in the recognition that the Nazi Holocaust was a human tragedy of unspeakable proportions. Secondly, Holocaust denial and even anti-Semitism, occasionally emerges within Palestine solidarity circles. This needs to be dealt with and confronted head-on. This is a step in that direction. Finally, we are tired of the Nazi Holocaust being monopolized to serve narrow, racist and ethnic interests; we want to provide a space for mourning and commemoration to those who truly believe that an injury to one is an injury to all – that when we say, ‘Never Again!’ we mean ‘Never Again!’ to any and all groups of people.
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