On Tuesday evening, the Mayor of Marrickville was presented with a letter from Archbiship Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
“Sometimes taking a public stand for what is ethical and right brings costs, but social justice on a local or global scale requires faith and courage,” wrote Archbishop Tutu.
“I want to pay my respects to you and your fellow Councilors in Marrickville for taking a stand to isolate the Israeli state, and before that for offering practical solidarity to our sisters and brothers under occupation in the Holy City of Bethlehem.”
The presentation, held at 6pm in the Mayor’s Room, was a small but moving ceremony with local residents and other supporters of BDS present.
Mr Solomon made a short speech, reflecting on his own experiences under South African apartheid and his belief that South Africans have a special responsibility to fight apartheid and oppression everywhere.
The Mayor said she was honoured to receive this endorsement from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and that “Desmond Tutu’s courageous stand against apartheid in South Africa and ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights is an inspiration to us all. Palestinian civil society has called for support for the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to highlight the struggle of the Palestinian people for basic human rights. I am proud that Marrickville Council was able to support and highlight the human rights violations suffered by many Palestinian people,” Mayor Byrne said. View Archibishop Tutu’s letter to Marrickville Council here.