[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Anti-Israel protests in SA
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Thu Jan 8 05:52:18 GMT 2009
March to show support for Palestinians
January 08, 2009 Edition 1
Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Durban
tomorrow as part of a protest march against the Israeli offensive and
occupation of Gaza.
The march has been planned by several Durban-based civic organisations.
The South African Relief Agency and various other organisations have
called on people to "march against terror attacks on Gaza".
The march will start outside the Grey Street Mosque at 1.30pm and will
proceed to the city hall.
In a statement yesterday, the South African Relief Agency said South
Africans needed to support the Palestinian people.
"We need to show solidarity with the people of Palestine and support
them in their struggle for freedom and against inhuman Israeli policies.
"Although there have been statements from the South African government
and the ANC, much more needs to be done if we are to stop the atrocities
in Gaza and bring freedom to the people," the organisation said.
"Furthermore, our government must put pressure on the United Nations,
America and Israel. This brutal aggression and crime against humanity is
"We believe that silence is not a moral option. We owe the people of
Palestine our support. They supported our struggle against apartheid.
"Our call is to the wider South African community who are peace loving
people to join us on Friday for this march, and request every South
African to pray for peace and for a just and amicable solution to this
60-year-old conflict," it said.
SA's anti-Israel protest
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 14:04
Countrywide pickets against Israel's military offensive on the Gaza
Strip got off to a slow start on Wednesday but this has not deterred
organisers from forging ahead with their awareness campaign.
The pickets, which were expected to carry on until Friday, were being
held in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Pretoria.
"It was a slow start but hopefully more people will join us tomorrow.
But it is, however, not about the numbers but to create awareness about
what is happening," said Moeniera Peters of Salt River Circle in Cape Town.
Pickets in Cape Town were held between 7.30am and 8.30am on Wednesday,
Bloemfontein picketers were expected to meet at 11am.
The Workers International Vanguard League (WIVL) and the Anti-War
Coalition were expected to join the awareness campaigns on Thursday
afternoon, with a mass march to parliament.
Spokesperson for WIVL Shaheed Mahomed said they would also write letters
to Pick n Pay, Checkers and Woolworths "to ask them to stop funding
Zionist organisations and to stop importing Israeli goods".
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