Thursday, March 28, 2013

More Countries Continue to Isolate Israel

BRICS memo: Time ‘to take decisive action against the increasing Israeli Occupation as well as Israel’s apartheid policies’

BRICS1Yesterday the BRICS Memorandum on Palestine was officially submitted to the forum of emerging market powers at the 5th BRICS Summit (BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) currently taking place in Durban, South Africa. The memorandum, represents the will of South African civil society and political organizations including South Africa's largest trade union federation, COSATU.

BDS South Africa BRICS Memorandum on Palestine:

We now hereby call on BRICS to take decisive action against the increasing Israeli Occupation (and its illegal Settlement enterprise) as well as Israel's apartheid policies against the Palestinian people. The time has come for progressive countries that seek a peaceful and just world to take clear action in the interests of the oppressed Palestinians – taking such action would put BRICS on the side of the developing countries, on the side of the peoples of the world and on the right side of history.

The significance of this presentation should not be underestimated. South Africa was officially admitted as a BRICS nation in 2010 after being invited by China and the other BRIC countries (the new capital “S” in BRICS stands for South Africa) and was once at the receiving end of embargoes from each of the other four countries, BDS South Africa explains:

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