In Memory of Martin Luther King

Image Credit: The Seattle Times

As a tribute to Martin Luther King Day, take a look at how his battle against injustice, spread over a broad context, through the generations as we attribute his comparisons of the struggles of African-Americans to the same struggles Africans faced in apartheid South Africa, and its relation to the present-day Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid.

Take a look at this article and see, The legacy of Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

In his speech held in London in 1964, Martin Luther King called for economic sanctions against South Africa for its role in apartheid.

We can join in the one form of non-violent action that could bring freedom and justice to South Africa – the action which African leaders have appealed for – in a massive movement for economic sanctions […] If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil; if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire.

Incidentally Martin Luther King’s struggle has spread across the globe and transcended generations as the same nonviolent movement has reappeared. It is known as the BDS Movement; Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the Israeli apartheid of the Palestinian people.

For decades Israeli has violated international law and the rights of the Palestinians as they have “denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation.” – See more at: What is the BDS Movement?

A new generation of nonviolent pro-Palestinian protesters has emerged in efforts to achieve the same results of collapsing the Israeli apartheid, through nonviolent resistance, as it was achieved in collapsing South African Apartheid.

Texas Stands with Gaza Rally 2014 photo credit: Rami Janoudi

This photo, taken at the 2014 Texas Stands with Gaza Rally, garnered nearly 10,000 non-violent protesters from across the state who walked from the State Capital to City Hall, chanting “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free!” This protest was held in response to Israel’s 50 days of death and destruction known as, “Operation Protective Edge,” during the summer of 2014. Where in a matter of 45 days, Israel brutally murdered more than 2,000 Palestinian civilians, destroying over 18,000 homes and displacing more than 108,000 people.

The case to end Israel apartheid was greatly motivated by Martin Luther Kings work and the South African’s struggle against injustice. This new generation is gathering in masses to put economic pressure on Israel, is an effort to force them to comply with international law in recognizing the rights of the Palestinians by boycotting, divesting, and demanding government sanctions against Israel.

We salute you Dr. King, and follow your lead!

Together we CAN collapse Israel’s apartheid!



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