No for Deal of the Century
Gaza Post – Agencies
Zwelivelile Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson, has slammed US President Donald Trump's deal of the century, calling it a way to "fortify apartheid Israel" during a speech in London on Saturday.
Zwelivelile Mandela told an audience at Europe's largest Palestine event, Palestine Expo, that the boycott movement against the Israeli occupation "is the most painful thorn in the side of apartheid Israel".
Israel and many of its allies have vehemently opposed the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement (BDS), including by passing legislation against it, and the event's support for a boycott fuelled calls by some pro-Israel groups for it to be cancelled.
Recalling the words of his grandfather during a visit to Gaza in 1995 in which he declared “that our struggle is yet incomplete without the Freedom of the Palestinian people,” Mandela said the struggles in South Africa and Palestine were linked, and referred to the boycott of the apartheid state that brought pressure against the government there.
"They [Israel] cannot stomach its worldwide popular appeal and success and will do all in their power and might to obstruct, hinder or stand in the way of any forum that advances the principles that BDS stands for," said Mandela, who is an MP in the ruling African National Congress.