SA support sought for Israel boycott
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africans are this weekend expected to take to the streets to campaign for a boycott of Israel products owing to that country’s incessant onslaught on Palestine.
Palestinian trade unions and human rights groups are calling on colleagues in the trade union movement internationally to stop handling goods imported from or exported to Israel.
The trade union movement has a proud history of direct action against apartheid in South Africa.
“The Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined us in the call for direct action to end Israel’s impunity,” read a statement a coalition of Palestine groups made available to CAJ News.
“As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately.
“(We urge you to) take to the streets on Saturday 9 August with a united demand for sanctions on Israel.”
The death toll in Gaza had by Wednesday reached 1 813 with a majority being children (398).
A total of 9 370, the majority of them children ( 2 744), had been injured.
This is the third massacre in six years.
“While we have to survive this onslaught, you certainly have the power to help end it the same way you helped overcome Apartheid and other crimes against humanity.
“Israel is only able to carry out this attack with the unwavering support of governments – this support must end,” Palestine organisations stated.
– CAJ News
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