We appeal to you because you and your mothers and fathers were the ones who spearheaded the fight against the apartheid regime- we rose up, even though most of us were not ANC or PAC members, to defend the many thousands who were brutalised by the system through detention without trial and other harsh and inhuman methods.
In those days the church
leaders used to rush to be seen at the head of marches to demand the freedom of
those held in the gulags of the old regime. Today when Khader
Adan, a Palestinian, is on 66 days of hunger strike,
and could die at any moment, is being detained without trial, just like the ANC
and PAC was in those days. Yet, the religious leaders are silent- they promote
Table mountain while millions who live at the foot of
it are dying of starvation; they count their millions gained from halaal certificates while the masses do not have even a
cent to buy anything. The ANC leaders, many long held in the apartheid gulag,
and many held without trial, are today silent. The ANC even chairs the UN
Security Council but are more concerned with disarming the Libyan militias than
disarming the real threat to humanity in the
This why we call on you the
workers, who work on the docks in Durban that allows coal for Israel from Anglo
American mines; you are the ones who mine the diamonds and coal on Anglo
American mines that keep Israel artificially alive. We appeal to you to take
action, do not let Khader Adnan
die. His heart and brain is already irreparably damaged from the hunger strike,
but you as the workers, you have the power- stop the lifeblood of fascist
Let us all take to the streets in protest. Let us besiege the offices of the churches and the trade unions expressing our outrage at their silence and complicity.
We are all Khader Adnan! We are all Palestinian!