The African National Congress MP, tribal Chief and grandson of Nelson Mandela will converse with the afro-feminist activist Desirée Bela at the online conference
“Conversations on apartheid: From South Africa to Palestine”
on March 19 at 6.30pm CET time.
Due to the security measures to reduce spreading of the Covid-19, the event will take place online. You can access it freely through this link: https://zoom.us/j/339788146
The event is organised by Coalició Prou Complicitat amb Israel, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, BDS France, BDS Italia and Società civile per la Palestina.
The Coalition Stop Complicity with Israel with the support of various entities and institutions in Barcelona had organized the visit of the Tribal Chief and ANC MP, Mandla Mandela to Barcelona, as part of a broader European tour also organized in London with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in Paris with BDS France and in Rome with groups in Italy. Due to the security measures taken, the tour has been canceled but have decided to join forces with all of these organizations in an online conference that will be broadcast in many different countries.
Mandela is known for his anti-racist and anti-apartheid activism in South Africa, but also as an open defender of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to Israel. In the week against apartheid, and coinciding with the International Day Against Racism and Racial Discrimination (March 21), we have organized an open dialogue between the South African activist and the anti-racist communicator Desirée Bela, to share the parallels between apartheid in South Africa and the situation the Palestinian people are currently living in, and share strategies for nonviolent resistance against racism, according to this year’s theme of Israeli Apartheid Week: United Against Racism.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 pm (CET time) using the online platform zoom and has received the support of various organizations in Barcelona, such as La Fede, l’Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya, Africaye, Mujeres Migrantes Diversas, DonesxDones, Lafede, el Centre d’Estudis Africans i Interculturals and Sindicat de manters, among others, as well as that of the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Agency for Cooperation for Development.
The conversation will be in English and in Spanish, and will have simultaneous translation to English and Spanish.