Bangani Ngeleza is member of a family that was actively involved in the African National Congress (ANC). His father spent 10 years on Robben Island, his brother was in the ANC’s military wing, his mother was in and out of prison because of her activities for the ANC Women’s League, and the author himself participated in ANC-linked student and teacher movements. Adri Nieuwhof was a member of the Holland Committee on Southern Africa, mobilising material and financial support for the ANC and organising campaigns for boycotts, divestment and sanctions.
More and more people are drawing comparisons between Apartheid South Africa and Palestine/Israel. It is a key lesson of struggle that international isolation is expedited by effective internal mobilization and sustained people’s resistance campaigns.