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Lectures in Osaka(4/7) & Tokyo(4/12): From the Anti-Apartheid Movement to the Palestinian BDS Movement

From the Anti-Apartheid Movement to the Palestinian BDS Movement: Palestine from the Perspective of South African civil society

  • Speaker: Basheera Surty (BDS South Africa)

(Language: English with consecutive Japanese translation)

<< OSAKA >>

  • Date/Time: April 7(Sat), 2018, 14:00-16:30
  • Place: Dawn Center, Seminar Room 2 (5th floor)

(5 min walk from Temmabashi Station: Keihan and Tanimachi lines)

  • Admission: 800 Yen (student: 500 Yen)
  • Sponsor: BDS Japan preparatory committee, Palestine Forum Japan

<< TOKYO >>

  • Date/Time: April 12(Thu), 2018, 18:30-21:00
  • Place: Tokyo Women’s Plaza, audio-visual room C

(7 min walk from Omotesando Station: Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines)

  • Admission: 500 Yen (donation is welcome) 800 Yen (student: 500 Yen)
  • Sponsor: BDS japan preparatory committee, Queering Futu-no-LGBT etc.

Today, the BDS movement, which calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, is globaly spreading and having quite a strong political influence on the Palestine/Israeli problem. This movement began in 2005 by reference to the boycott movement against the Apartheid regime of South Africa.

Since the abolition of Apartheid, South Africa has been one of the most
active centers of the Palestine solidarity movement and a driving force of the international BDS movement. Desmon Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, supported the BDS movement saying, "In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid regime."

We'd like to invite Basheera Surty to inform us about the current situation of solidarity movement for Palestine in South Africa and its historical and social background.

[In Tokyo lecture, the program will include discussion on the counter activities against "Pinkwashing," the Israeli efforts for the normalization of the Israeli occupation of Palestine through the LGBT marketing.]

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