Apartheid South Africa: Israel edition

Tensions – and incidents of outright violent anti-Zionism – are evident as the 11th Israeli Apartheid Week comes to South Africa with great fanfare and questionable motives.

March 22, 2015 15:18
Jewish demonstration

An alternative demonstration is organized by the South African Union of Jewish Students that promotes peaceful dialogue between students of all backgrounds.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – For one week a year, two diametrically opposed narratives on the Middle East and on ways to solve the conflict collide across the South African landscape.

In 2015, this period of competing chronicles that has come to characterize Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) culminated in an open confrontation between Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel in South Africa (BDS SA) and the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) in the streets of Sandton, Johannesburg. Never before had the thoroughfares of South Africa’s wealthiest and most influential suburb echoed with such vitriolic calls to violence and unbridled hatred.


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