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Bar Israeli leaders from Nelson Mandela’s funeral

Letter to South Africa’s government

You report that Israeli leaders will be attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral on 15 December (World leaders converge on South Africa, 7 December 2013). However, Israel is a state which actively practices apartheid against the Palestinians under its rule, and had very close ties with apartheid South Africa. Allowing leaders of such a state to attend Mandela’s funeral would be grotesque and in our eyes make a mockery of his and South Africa’s battle against apartheid.

We therefore urge the South African government to reject Israel’s participation at Mandela’s funeral. That would be the most fitting homage to the man who said, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”, and to affirm the words of his compatriot, Desmond Tutu, who wrote “The Palestinians are being oppressed more than the apartheid ideologues could ever dream about in South Africa.”

Samir Abed-Rabbo, Dallas

Blake Alcott, Cambridge

Abbas Ali, London

Diana Alzeer, Ramallah

Eli and Nitza Aminov, Jerusalem

Ahmad Azem, Birzeit

Yoav Bar, Haifa

Sophia Barta di Albufera, London

Aysegül Bag, Ankara

Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton

Haim Bresheeth, London

Andy Brown, Leeds

Chris Burns-Cox, Wotton-under-Edge

Shirine Dajjani, Zürich

Uri Davis, Ramallah

Hassan Fouda, Berkeley

Muhammed Zeyn Green-Thompson, Cambridge

Jenny Hardacre, Cambridge

Kurt Häusermann, Zürich

Roger Higginson, London

Owen Holland, Cambridge

Radi Jarai, Ramallah

Ghada Karmi, London

Yacoub Kureh, Cambridge

Geoff Lee, London

Rafi and Liz Magnes, Yaffa

Alan Mann, Leeds

Harald Molgaard, London

Susan Naser, Cambridge

Ramzi Nasir, London

Jacob Norris, Brighton

Rajaa Zoabi Omari, Haifa

Averil Parkinson, Cambridge

Miko Peled, San Diego

Merav Pincharsoff, London

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem

Antoine Raffoul, London

Attia and Verena Rajab, Stuttgart

Rupert Read, Norwich

Samah Sabawi, Toronto

Leila Sansour, Bethlehem

Jeffrey StClair, Oregon City US

Derek Summerfield, London

Virginia Tilley, Fiji

Jenny Tonge, London

Alison Weir, Vancouver, US

Jaber Wishah, Gaza

Theresa Wolfwood, Vancouver, Canada

Özlem Yazlik, Cambridge

Yahya Zaloom, London