Bigotry and racial prejudice is still pretty rampant in the 21st century today. It is probable to assume that uncivilized acts and barbarism was a thing of the past, now that Man is a much more evolved species. Apartheid or “apartness” is a great example of racial prejudice and segregation which occurred in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. It was only until Nelson Mandela came into power that the crime of apartheid in South Africa came to a halt. However, apartheid is still a big problem today, in another part of the world.
In February or March, University campuses all over the world usher Israeli Apartheid Week. The aim of Israeli Apartheid Week is to “to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement
” The movement started in Canada, Toronto in 2005 and has spread like wildfire to other parts of the world including United Kingdom, United States, West Bank, Mexico, Norway and Australia. Also, Apartheidweek.org states that
“The aim of IAW is to contribute to this chorus of international opposition to Israeli apartheid and to bolster support for the BDS campaign in accordance with the demands outlined in the July 2005 Statement: full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, an end to the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands – including the Golan Heights, the Occupied West Bank with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – and dismantling the Wall, and the protection of Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. resolution 194. In previous years IAW has played an important role in raising awareness and disseminating information about Zionism, the Palestinian liberation struggle and its similarities with the indigenous sovereignty struggle in North America and the South African anti-apartheid movement.”
Many have perceived this movement to be an act of anti-Semitism, a poor excuse to vent hatred towards the supposed “racist” Jewish majority in Israel. The BDS has plenty to learn, being a relatively new movement and all but its intentions are simple and clear: equality for all. Is that really hard to comprehend?