Who we are
The Pan-African Palestine Solidarity Network (PAPSN) is a pan-African network of civil society organizations, activists and groups in solidarity with the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people.
The network was formed in June 2021 after discussions among different Palestinian solidarity organizations on the African continent.
Presently, the network includes members from some 20 countries across the continent.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Pan-African Palestine Solidarity Network, please email us at: info [at] papsn.net
You can also get in touch via private message on Twitter: @palestinepapsn
Our principles and objectives
Since the 1960’s, Africa has been giving support to the Palestinian struggle. It shares a common history of settler-colonialism, occupation and apartheid rule by colonial powers and is therefore a natural ally and compatriot of the Palestinian people.
We uphold the African Charter of Peoples and Human Rights, which in its preamble commits us “to eliminate colonialism, neo-colonialism, apartheid, zionism”.
Our support for the Palestinian struggle for justice, freedom and equality is firmly grounded in human rights and social justice principles and the commitment to fight all forms of racism and discrimination.
We therefore underline the words of late Nelson Mandela who said that ‘The Freedom of the African People is incomplete without the Freedom of the Palestinian People’.
The immediate aims of the network are to:
- Identify and strengthen the capacities of African Palestinian solidarity groups on the continent to make them effective platforms for advocacy and action against Israeli apartheid, settler-colonialism and occupation.
- Develop PAPSN into an effective civil society African body to:
- strengthen the ties between Palestine and the African People.
- develop a common strategy of its members to create awareness about the Palestinian struggle and Israeli apartheid, challenging the myths and misconceptions that whitewash Israeli apartheid.
- Develop research and advocacy tools to expose and challenge the infiltration in our continent by Apartheid Israel through military ties and so-called development cooperation.
- Be part of the global Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and help building context-sensitive and effective BDS campaigns on the continent.
- lobby African governments, the African Union, other regional bodies and civil society formations to uphold the mandates of the African Charter of Human and People’s Rights.