Robinson is not alone in her quest for peace within the volatile country, the cause for the rights of Palestinians is fought on a larger scale by an organisation called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), which calls on South Africans not to ignore what is happening to Palestinians and bring awareness of the human rights atrocities. Robinson came into contact with the organisation in her orientation sessions before leaving for Hebron. Its aim is threefold: end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the right of return for refugees that currently reside in refugee camps and for Palestinians living in Israel to be treated equally and have equal rights. The main tool which the organisation uses is to create awareness of the human rights abuses among students at university level.
Muhammed Desai, the national coordinator of BDS, explains why. “We follow the same strategy of how apartheid was fought and conquered, with day-to-day activism that starts with those that are most likely to change themselves and then become the future leaders – those at university level.” The organisation does not follow any spe-