Israel Apartheid Week (IAW), that takes place in South Africa this year from
March 11-17, is an annual series of events in over 250 cities across the world.
The professional and wellfunded activities in support of the Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions movement (BDS) include huge, expensive billboards, rallies,
lectures, cultural performances, music shows, films and workshops that are
superlative examples of the scientific marketing principles practiced by
international commercial institutions. Highly skilled, the purveyors of these
defamatory products are rapidly churning out offensive propaganda – and getting
away with it.
The no-expenses-spared nature of the events, and the
extensive professional organization involved, are mind-boggling.
reminds one of the frenetic activities of the recent US election campaign with
the difference that IAW is international and occurs every year.
offers people around the world a hard-to-resist opportunity to feel good by
enrolling in the global IAW campaign. And to make it easy, it says contact an
IAW representative in your city, community or university and if there is no
representative there, they will instruct you how to become the local
Popular music is politicized to mobilize the masses. As part
of IAW, the Mavrix Music Band with the “South African Artists Against Apartheid”
is launching a new political music album, Amandla Intifada II.
even be available for free download, and members of the public are urged to
assist in launching the album in their various cities.
Street artists are
recruited to join “Paint for Palestine” with “Israeli Apartheid” as the theme.
They are rewarded by public showing of their photos and videos.
provides eloquent speakers to any person wishing to arrange an event or a
protest against a store selling Israeli products and the public is urged to
build mock Israeli walls and checkpoints, organize flash mobs, host music
concerts, arrange poetry readings, erect posters and distribute
But this year in Cape Town, opponents of BDS have decided to show
another side to the coin. Although totally outmatched by the well-financed and
professionally organized BDS movement, these Capetonians have adopted a
proactive, imaginative approach with an “Israel Peace Week.”
center of this inspiring initiative is an enormous “Abraham’s Tent” on the main
plaza of the University of Cape Town campus. There, visitors will enjoy the
patriarch’s hospitality – falafel, pita, Israeli salad, coffee and
Exhibits will emphasize coexistence and religious freedom in
Israel with photos of various religions, holy sites etc. (Christian, Bahai,
Druse and Muslim) and a history of Israel and the peace process in a media
Visitors to Abraham's Tent will learn about gender equality
and tolerance of homosexuals in Israel and that Tel-Aviv is the gay capital of
the Middle East. With Cape Town being South Africa’s “Pink City,”
pro-Palestinian Capetonian gays will have to face the truth that Israel is the
only area in the Middle East they could safely visit openly. It’s not Israel
saying this but a world-wide survey hosted by GayCities.com and American
Airlines, that voted overwhelmingly in favor of Tel Aviv, pushing it way ahead
of strong contenders New York, Toronto and London “as the world’s best gay
Should gays cross the borders of Israel to any of
its Arab neighbors, only ridicule and persecution would await them. They have
only to meet the many Palestinian gays who have found arefuge in Israel. And if
gays face persecution under the Palestinian Authority, in Gaza under Hamas it
would mean death row.
And in Abraham’s Tent visitors will be welcomed to
seek refuge from the lies and deceit of the IAW organizers and their minions, as
described in one article, “What the BDS organizers should have told us but
ISRAEL’S ATTACKERS, quick to label the country with the
nonsensical and libelous appellation of “apartheid,” will be met in Abraham’s
Tent by five Israeli Ethiopian university students who will expose the apartheid
The students are all from IDC Herzliya, and their trip has been
sponsored by the university, the South African Zionist Federation in South
Africa, and duly assisted by Truth be Told (TbT), a new group in Israel
committed to presenting the truth to the endless false accusations leveled
against the Jewish state.
Warned before they left what to expect from a
hostile student body in South Africa, these delightful, educated and bold
students are more than ready to “tell their stories” and talk about life in
Israel. About apartheid, they will be able to speak from
‘SURE, WE know about apartheid. We heard all about it from
our parents who experienced it not in Israel, but in Ethiopia, where they were
treated as second- class citizens – today in Israel, after our rescue by Israel,
we are free.”
And if there is any disbelief, the Ethiopian students will
ask of the perplexed to give some thought to the question: “Why if Israel is an
apartheid state do thousands of black Africans risk life and limb to travel
through Egypt and the hazardous Sinai desert to reach it? Why do they not seek
refuge in neighboring Egypt?”
Maurice Ostroff is a retired
David Kaplan is a lawyer and freelance journalist.