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‘Listen Mandela’ — Apartheid Land 2013

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“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” –Nelson Mandela

As the news of Nelson Mandela’s critical condition circulated, video artist Eitan Meir Altman uploaded a haunting video, “Welcome to Apartheid Land 2013”, onto his YouTube page. To the soundtrack of anti-Apartheid song Welele Mandela, “Listen Mandela”, Altman’s jarring ‘e-paintings’, artistic photo-renditions of scenes from Israel’s occupation and Palestinians living under it, cross the screen in vivid colors.

“Welele Mandela” is an ANC Cultural Workers’ song, author unknown. It originated in the camps of the ANC during the 1980’s. It is a call from the workers for Mandela to lead the people.

Listen!
Listen comrade!
Mandela, help to fight us
against farmers who despise us
Our freedom fighters are already on the road
Hemu! Hemu!

We no longer sleep at home.
We sleep in the mountains, in the bitter cold.
Oh, what is this life best people?
Hoyiya! Hoyiya!

Get up!
Arise compatriots!
Help, our people will perish!
Javelin calls you to battle,
farmers from killing our people.
Hemu! Hemu!

Eitan Meir Altman has created an emotionally powerfully resistance video, one that will resonate until apartheid gasps its final breath.

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 28, 2013, 3:20 pm

    Are you aware of the rampant murder of white South Africans since 1994? If not why not? If so, why never mention? Are you aware of the new South African policy of glaring institutionalized reverse discrimination? And of how this new system has caused the country’s economic down slide? Just asking. Do you think, once Mandela dies, this will escalate or not?

    • Inanna
      Inanna
      June 28, 2013, 9:18 pm

      It’s not ‘institutionalized reverse discrimination’ it’s affirmative action and is designed to reverse the decades of discrimination that have led to incredibly high rates of poverty among blacks. It’s been a while since I looked at the figures but a few years ago the majority of blacks lived in poverty and only a tiny minority of whites did so. Whites still retained institutionalised advantages and, like other countries, income has become more heavily concentrated at the top since the 1990s.

      As for the economy, it started falling apart before the end of apartheid in 1994 – unemployment was close to 20% in 1990 and it’s only marginally above that now after the country was badly affected by the global recession. South Africa has made the mistake of inflation-targeting its monetary policy and you get anemic growth from that. It’s not the new system that has ’caused the downslide’. Mandela’s death may affect confidence but it will have little to do with the fundamentals of the South Africa economy.

      • Sherri Munnerlyn
        Sherri Munnerlyn
        June 29, 2013, 4:00 am

        The fact bad things have happened in South Africa since Apartheid was defeated there does not justify or vindicate any of the human rights abuses a part of Apartheid. There was nothing good about the system that treated the indigenous people in the land like second class citizens, like dogs. And there is nothing good or redeeming about Apartheid today in Palestine, either.

      • Inanna
        Inanna
        June 30, 2013, 8:26 pm

        I’m not sure what in my comment inspired you to think that I defended apartheid in any way. In fact, I argue that there needs to be more done to close the huge poverty gap between blacks and whites and that the economic problems began before the end of apartheid and most likely were part of the reason why it ended. Of course there was nothing good about a system that treated people not just as second-class citizens but many as non-citizens. I’m wondering why I even have to point that out.

  2. OlegR
    OlegR
    June 28, 2013, 8:20 pm

    The image at 0:42 is from а settlement eviction Amona i think a few others looks to be
    not related to Palestinians as well.
    Funny people activists…

  3. Inanna
    Inanna
    June 28, 2013, 9:18 pm

    Thanks Annie, powerful video.

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