INTRODUCTION: The 29th of November 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – passed in 1977 by the UN General Assembly, Resolution 32/40B.

BACKGROUND: During the 1980s, the UN, through its General Assembly as well as its agencies, commissions and committees, passed various resolutions in support of the struggle against Apartheid including several motions supporting forms of boycott and sanctions. For example, in October 1983 the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid produced a database “blacklisting” artists who were involved or who had performed in Apartheid SA.

TODAY: Likewise, the UN is playing an increasing role against Israel’s occupation, oppression and apartheid policies. In December 2016, the UN Security Council officially expressed its strong disapproval of the Israeli settlement project that effectively makes Israel an apartheid state. In March 2017 a UN report found “beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crimes of apartheid” as defined in international law. The UN report further called for the backing of the Palestinian-led BDS boycott of Israel campaign. The report caused controversy leading to the resignation of a UN Undersecretary following pressure to withdraw. In addition, the UN Human Rights Council is currently producing a database “blacklisting” companies involved in or profiteering from Israel’s illegal settlements (click here).

DID YOU KNOW: Nelson Mandela, exactly 20 years ago, marking the 1997 UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, famously said: “we know too well that would freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”


As we dedicate the month of November to the struggle of the Palestinians against Israeli occupation, oppression and Apartheid, get involved by organizing events, actions and other activities during this month. Events you could organize include rallies, protests, lectures, cultural performances, concerts, films and workshops in your city, community, work place or campus. Let us know of what events or activities you are hosting by sending an email to and your event will be listed on this page. Also contact us for movies, flyers and other info!





City: Petoria
Date: Thursday 02 November 2017
Time:  11H00
Event: Protest March “100 Years of Balfour Declaration”
Address: Church Square, Petoria
Speaker: Julius Malema (Commander in Chief of the EFF)
Organization: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)


City: Petoria
Date: Saturday 11 November 2017
Time:  10H00
Event: International Solidarity Soccer Match (“Marking 100 years of O.R Tambo
and the 40th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Solisarity with Palestine”)
Address: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, ‎440 Kirkness Street, Arcadia suburb, Petoria
Organization: Embassy of the State of Palestine
Call: 073 686 3443


City: Johannesburg
Date: Sunday 12 November 2017
Time:  11H00
Event: Zionism and Palestine
Address: Newtown, Johannesburg
Speaker: Na’eem Jeenah, Suraya Dadoo



City: Cape Town
Date: Thursday 16 November 2017
Time:  19H00
Event: Palestinian Awareness Programe (“100 Years of the Belfour Declaration”)
Address: 10 Seine Road, Manenburg
Organization: Muslim Judicial Council (SA) Al-Quds Foundation (SA)
Call: Yoonis Allie (079 494 5786)



City: Johannesburg
Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time:  17H30
Event: Game Night (40th United Nations Day Of Solidarity with the Palestinian People)
Address: BDS South Africa office, 5th Floor | Mishumo House | 77 De Korte Street | Braamfontein | Johannesburg
Organization: BDS South Africa
Call: (011) 403 2097, KK: 074 054 3826

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City: Johannesburg
Date: Saturday 25 November 2017
Time: 17H00
Event: Fun Walk
Address: Marks Park, Emmerentia, Johannesburg
Organization: Palestine Solidarity Alliance, BDS South Africa, National Coaltion for Palestine,
Al-Quds Foundation, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, South African Jews for a free Palestine
Call: 082 412 8451 |  083 634 6093


City: Johannesburg
Date: Friday, 1 December 2017
Time: 15h00
Event: Round Table (Marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Occupation of Palestine)
Address: BDS South Africa office, 5th Floor | Mishumo House | 77 De Korte Street | Braamfontein | Johannesburg
Organization: BDS South Africa and Lawyers for Human Rights
Speakers: Sharon S Ekambaram (LHR), Prof Farid Esack (BDS SA), Ambassador Ammar Hijazi (Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Call: T: (011) 403 2097, KK: 074 054 3826


Date:  Sunday, 26 November 2017
Time:  8am for 9am
Event: Join the children of Palestine and walk together #United4Freedom
Address: Country Club Beach Lawn – Sunkist Beach (5km walk along the promenade and back)
Organization: Muslim Judicial Council (SA) Al-Quds Foundation (SA)
Call: 083 785 4332 or
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