Belgian Academics & Artists For Palestine


BA4P: Africa and Palestine
  • Ramzy BAROUD: "How Israel miscalculated its political power in Africa" (Arab News, March 20, 2023): click here!
    The scene of Israeli diplomat Sharon Bar-Li, along with other Israeli delegates, being escorted out of the opening ceremony of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month was historic. The very moment that was meant to crown 20 years of Israeli diplomacy in Africa turned, in a few seconds, into a representation of Tel Aviv’s failure on the continent. Unable to fathom the breakdown of its diplomatic and political efforts, Tel Aviv responded to Bar-Li's removal with a war of words against African countries.
  • "South African Parliament adopts historic resolution to downgrade Israel embassy" (Africa4Palestine, March 7, 2023): click here!
    The human rights organisation Africa4Palestine welcomes today’s historic motion adopted, with an overwhelming majority, by the Parliament of South Africa, to support the downgrade of South Africa’s Embassy in Israel to a Liaison Office. The parliamentary motion, introduced by the National Freedom Party (NFP), passed 208 for and 94 against.
    [Rina Bassist, AlMonitor March 8: "The decision was approved by 208 parliamentarians, while 94 rejected the motion for downgrading Israel-South Africa relations. While the parliament's vote is politically significant, it is not legislatively binding. In order for such a vote to become policy, the government in South Africa has to adopt the motion, and inform Israel. Only then an official downgrade would take effect. The government in Pretoria has not issued yet a reaction to the vote."]
  • Patrick GATHARA: "Could the African Union push Israel into international isolation?" (AlJazeera, March 5, 2023): click here!
    African states have led the charge against apartheid before. They could also spearhead the boycott of Israel today. ─ Even by the low standards of a country used to being regularly condemned for human rights abuses, disregarding international law and committing war crimes, February was a pretty bad month for Israel and its standing in the world.
  • Juan COLE: "Israeli Delegate Expelled from African Union Summit, in what may be First Global South Reaction to new Extremist Netanyahu Government" (Informed Comment, February 19, 2023): click here!
    On Saturday at the opening of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Israeli delegate was asked to leave. Sharon Bar-Li, the deputy director of the African desk at the Israeli foreign ministry, was escorted out of the opening session by security guards, according to the Al Jazeera correspondent at the summit, who saw it happen.
  • "Israeli observer delegation kicked out of African Union summit in Addis Ababa" (The Times of Israel, February 18, 2023): click here!
    An Israeli observer delegation at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa was kicked out of the opening ceremony on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said, blaming South Africa and Algeria for the severe diplomatic breach.
  • Nicolas-Bilal URICK, « The Black-Palestinian Imaginary and Third-World Liberation » (Voices, Feb 7, 2023): click here!
    The 1960s and 70s typify the revolutionary spirit of the Black Liberation Movement and the Palestinian Culture of Resistance. The decade birthed the two movements— deeply intertwined, symbiotic excerpts of one struggle for independence and self-determination. Black and Palestinian activists found raw material for their nationalist ideologies through the nascent decolonization movement, or, as Franz Fanon termed it, “the consciousness of the colonized.” Both movements embraced left-internationalism as the human architecture of their liberation struggles, fusing Arab and Black nationalisms in a formidable battle against imperialism and racism.
  • Naeem JENAH: "Israel, Sudan Say Will Sign Peace Deal in 2023" (Haaretz, Feb 2, 2023): click here!
    After the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, Sudan will be the fourth Arab country to join the Abraham Accords and sign a peace agreement with Israel.
  • Naeem JENAH: "De l’Afrique du Sud à Israël, les trois piliers de l’apartheid" (OrientXXI, 2 février, 2023): click here!
    Que ressent un Sud-Africain, ancien militant contre l’apartheid quand il se rend en Israël et dans les territoires palestiniens occupés ? Classification de la population, liberté du choix de lieu de résidence et de mouvement, importance de la sécurité : se fondant sur les trois moteurs centraux de la séparation, Na’eem Jeenah considère que l’apartheid israélien est pire que celui de l’Afrique du Sud.
  • « Afro-Palestinians And Palestine- Do You Know About The Historical Afro-Palestinian Connection? »(PaliRoots, Feb 21, 2022): click here!
    Afro-Palestinians make up a small percentage of the Palestinian population, but have regards to an astounding history. Mainly concentrated in Jerusalem, most current Afro-Palestinians made the trek over during the British Mandate of Palestine as religious pilgrims and stuck around. The largest population of Afro-Palestinians sit in a neighborhood located in old Jerusalem referred to as “Little Harlem” or “The African Quarter”.
  • « Qatar World Cup 2022: Morocco fans latest to unfurl 'Free Palestine' banner »(Middle East Eye, November 27, 2021): click here!
    Fans of Atlas Lions raised flag referencing Nakba in 48th minute of their stunning victory over Belgium.
  • Emad MOUSSA, « When it comes to BDS, Israel's worst fear is the South African boycott scenario » (The New Arab, November 15, 2021): click here!
    "BDS’ strength is in its ability to adapt, penetrate, and garner support, and it has triggered Israel's greatest fear of a shift in global public opinion regarding the state's history and legitimacy," writes Emad Moussa.
  • Salam AWAD, « A visual history of Black-Palestinian solidarity » (Middle East Eye, 18 Oct 2021), click here!
    From the 60s onwards, Black nationalist groups and Palestinian activists found common cause in opposing imperialism and racism.
  • Hatem BAZIAN, « Why black voices matter on Palestine » (Middle East Eye, 26 March 2019), click here!
    Prominent black voices expressing solidarity with Palestinians has riled the pro-Israeli lobby . ─ In 1979, Andrew Young, the first African American ever appointed as a US ambassador to the UN, was forced to resign because of pressure mounted by pro-Israel groups on then President Carter following Young's meeting with a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
  • Ilan PAPPE (ed.): , « Peoples Apart. Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid. » Zed Books 2015, ISBN: 9781783605897; 225 pages; £ 14.99. Info: click here!
    In "People's Apart," Ilan Pappé, one of Israel's preeminent academics and a noted critic of the current government, brings together lawyers, journalists, policy makers, and historians of both countries to assess the implications of the apartheid analogy for international law, activism and policy making.
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