Jacob Zuma discusses Palestine with concerned organisations

2014-08-21 15:05

President Jacob Zuma met representatives of civil society, trade unions and the ANC Youth League to discuss support for Palestine, lobby group Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions South Africa has said.

“The 90-minute meeting on Palestine was convened in response to growing protests by South African civil society across the country, including a recent August 9 150 000 person strong protest march in Cape Town,” the lobby group’s Muhammed Desai said today.

“In the meeting with the president we expressed what the hundreds of thousands of South Africans want our government to do in support of the Palestinians.”

The meeting was held at Zuma’s official residence Genadendal in Cape Town yesterday.

Representatives of the lobby group, the National Coalition 4 Palestine, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the ANC Youth League, People Against Suffering and Oppression, Young Communist League of South Africa, University of Cape Town students representative council, Minara Chamber of Commerce, Kairos Southern Africa, Muslim Judicial Council and Stop The JNF were present.

The group called for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel.

They also reiterated the call for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from Pretoria.

“During the meeting President Jacob Zuma listened carefully to all the views presented by the various organisations and indicated a willingness to engage. The president explained the role South Africa is trying to play diplomatically while also acknowledging and considering our demands and not dismissing them.”

Desai said Zuma was willing to work with the group towards finding a long-term solution

The group would have another meeting with Zuma in a week’s time.

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