SADTU endorses the Israeli Apartheid Week

6 March 2017

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) endorses the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) which takes place from the 6th until 12th March, 2017 focusing on Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, particularly women and children political prisoners, who are incarcerated under extremely appalling conditions with; beatings, insults, threats, sexually explicit harassment and sexual violence, and humiliation at the hands of Israeli security system.

Our support for the struggle of the people of Palestine stems from the parallels drawn between Israel and the apartheid system as it existed in South Africa. It is in this regard that our stalwart and icon, former South African President Nelson Mandela asserted; "We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians."

SADTU believes that the teaching of history is of importance in our school curriculum and should be made a compulsory subject. SADTU will therefore be actively participating in programs aimed at highlighting the continued oppression and the predicament of Palestinians by providing learning materials, to this effect, to learners through the members of our union. This is the key principle we seek to amplify and build public awareness by harping on it always.

We call upon all our members and their families to participate in the IAW activities arranged by Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) and reaffirm the unshaken commitment to our leader, Comrade Nelson Mandela's maxim that the cause of the Palestinian people is our cause too.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat


General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke: 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi: 082 7095651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi: 082 719 5157