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Minister of Sports and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi BDS South Africa Minister of Sports and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi

BDS welcomes ministers decision

February 01, 2018

Staff Reporter

Pretoria, South Africa: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) for South Africa has welcomed the decision made by the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Thulas Nxesi to boycott the upcoming Davis Cup Israel tennis scheduled to take place in February 2018.

This minister this week sent a letter to BDS South Africa, SA Jews for Free Palestine, the PSA and the National Coalition for Palestine South Africa (NC4P) responding to the concerns  by the various organisations regarding the match. 

The decision comes after an appeal by the organisations who appealed to the minister, in line with the BDS boycott of Israel, to not attend the match given that an Israeli team would be present.

The Euro/Africa Zone Group one match will be played at the Irene Country Club on February 2 and 3, 2018.

Nxesi said in an open letter to the organisations that international solidarity and the boycott against South Africa's Apartheid regime played a big role in South Africa’s liberation.

“International solidarity and the boycott against Apartheid South Africa played a big role in our liberation. Indeed, one of the most well-known slogans came out of that context – ‘no normal sport with an abnormal regime!’

“Our own Human Sciences Research Council, in 2009, produced a report documenting how Israel is practicing Apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” read the letter.

He added he also experienced Israeli discrimination and occupation.

“I myself have experienced Israeli discrimination and occupation when I was denied entry to Palestine in 2012. In response to this and other practices by the Israeli regime against the Palestinians, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many other notable South Africans, have called on the world to support the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

“This call for BDS is increasingly supported by progressive Jewish Israelis who remind us of our own icon, Cde. Joe Slovo, who, while he was Jewish, dissociated himself from the practices of the Israeli regime.” said the minister.

The minister also stated he would have loved to attend the the Davis Cup but given the concerns that activists and South Africans are raising regarding the presence of an Israeli team said he believed it would not be proper for him to attend.

Tomorrow (Friday February 02, 2018) BDS South Africa will be at Irene Tennis club in Pretoria, Centurion to picket against Israeli Apartheid representatives in South Africa.

Last modified onThursday, 01 February 2018 15:03