Issued: 18 September 2015
Media Review Network (MRN) expresses its complete support of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) against the State of Israel. As an affiliate of the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P), we further encourage the BDS-led boycott of South African retailer, Woolworths.
Although claiming to be an ethical retailer, Woolworths continues to stock products from Israel – an occupying power currently implementing Apartheid policies against Palestinians. By continuing to trade with Israel, Woolworths is ignoring that country’s continued occupation and theft of Palestinian land and natural resources, the denial of Palestinian refugees’ right to return, detention without trial, and other gross violations of international law. Woolworths cannot adopt a “business as usual” approach with a regime guilty of such serious human rights violations.
MRN further supports calls to protest the collaboration between American artist, Pharrell Williams, and Woolworths. In choosing to partner with Woolworths, Williams is also endorsing Woolworths continued trade relationship with Apartheid Israel.
MRN, therefore, calls on all justice-seeking South Africans to support the NC4P and its affiliate BDS South Africa at a non-violent protest scheduled for Monday, 21 September, starting at 3pm at the Grand West Casino (1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, Cape Town).
Like Apartheid South Africa, Israel must be held accountable for its oppressive policies of decades of occupation, Apartheid and colonialism.
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