SA opposition to Israel actions could be violent
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA, TINTSWALO BALOYI, MTHULISI SIBANDA & LERATO MMUTLE
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa’s solidarity with the besieged people of Palestine might turn violent with locals declaring protests against the ongoing attacks Israel is carrying out.
Several people interviewed by CAJ News Africa across the country on Tuesday said the bombardment of Palestinians by Israel called for “violent” protests to prompt the international community to call Israel to order.
Sizwe Khumalo of Alexandra, outside Johannesburg, said he had run out of patience with global leaders amid the continuing loss of life in the Gaza strip.
More than 500 civilians have been killed to date.
“We are fed up with these double standards of the Western world! Children, women and elderly men are being killed daily while superpowers such as the US, Britain, Germany, France and Japan are watching.
“Surely, what kind of the world do we have today? How on earth can heavily armed military bomb unprotected innocent women and children? This is evil! This is satanic,” Khumalo said.
Lerato Moalusi from North West said staging protests at both Israeli and US embassies in Pretoria would send “a clear message” Israel’s actions were intolerable.
“As South Africans, we protested in both peaceful and violent means, so why not do the same at the two embassies in order to send a strong message to our government, which is unwilling to expel the Israeli ambassador here,” said Moalusi.
Portia Mahlobo of Cape Town, urged the South African government to act on expel Israel’s Ambassador lest he be expelled through “mob justice.”
“I don’t see the reason why our government (SA) maintaining relations with Israeli when it continues to violet international laws, rules and regulations.
“If our government is unwilling to expel the Israeli ambassador, then we shall do it ourselves, the people who voted the ANC government,” Mahlobo said.
The Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) said it was “disgusted” by Israeli’s continuous bombardment of Palestine at will while the entire world was “watching.”
YCLSA spokesperson, Khaya Xaba, said plans by some Israeli Jewish to hold a rally in South Africa were “provocative.”
“The Young Communist League (uFasimba) is horrified at the South African Zionist rally planned for next week Sunday in solidarity with the murderous Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
“The planned rally evokes images of Nazi Germany and its many supporters who gathered to cheer Hitler and the army on as they wrought death and destruction throughout Europe.
“South African Zionists have objected to Israel being compared to the Nazi regime which killed millions of Jews. We advise Zionists to stop the mass murder of Palestinians if they want to avoid the comparisons to Nazis,” Xaba said.
Since the Israel’s campaign for Gaza started, at least 558 people, mainly women, children and elderly men were killed with property worth of billions destroyed.
– CAJ News
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