As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, South African academic and anti-Apartheid activist Salim Vally will be touring UK universities in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Southampton.
During Apartheid, Salim was a prominent member of the South African Students Movement and then worked as a teacher and trade unionist. Salim is now an academic at the University of Johannesburg, where he helped to lead the campaign to persuade the university to endorse the academic boycott, and a prominent member of the Palestine solidarity movement.
Salim is an inspirational speaker and his tour is a great opportunity for people to discuss how the lessons from the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa can inform Palestine solidarity activism today and to understand Israeli Apartheid and its increasing isolation.
- Monday 24 Feb: Liverpool, La Casa Bar, 29 Hope Street, 6pm
- Tuesday 25 Feb: Manchester, UoM SU, Club Academy, 3:30pm (evening event TBC)
- Wednesday 26 Feb: London, UCL Darwin B40, Euston, 7pm
- Thursday 27 Feb: Birmingham, 6:30pm, University of Birmingham, Arch Building room 7
- Friday 28 Feb: Southampton, University of Southampton, Building 7 Lecture Theatre A (3009)
London event invitation
Israeli Apartheid Week central London panel
Wednesday 26 February – 7pm, University College London, Darwin B40, Gower Street, near Euston station. Map
As the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel gathers pace and European universities, banks and companies start to abandon links with Israeli apartheid, join London Palestine student societies for an unique panel event about resistance to Israeli apartheid and building effective solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.
Hear from Salim Vally, an inspirational South African activist against apartheid in South African and now Palestine, Randa Wahbe from Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner organisation that has played a key role in supporting recent hunger strikes by Palestinian political prisoners and Rafeef Ziadah, a Palestinian spoken word artist and activist based in the UK.
Salim Vally: a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg, Salim was a student leader and then a trade unionist in South Africa during apartheid and is now a leading figure in the South African Palestine solidarity movement.
Randa Wahbe: Advocacy Officer at Addameer, the leading Palestinian political prisoner support and human rights organisation that has played a key role in supporting recent hunger strikes by Palestinian political prisoners. Randa is touring the UK as part of the Palestinian lives, British profits: speaking tour organized by War on Want that is shining a spotlight on the fact that while 5,033 Palestinians remain detained by Israel, UK security company G4S continues to help Israel run its prison system.
Rafeef Ziadah: a Palestinian spoken word artist, activist, senior Campaigns Officer at War on Want and secretariat of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Events will be happening around the world and more details can be found here.