Protests planned against toy company

2012-11-03 12:42

A group of Jewish activists will stage protests against outlets of South African toy store Reggie’s in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

In a statement released by the Stop The JNF today, the organisation said the protest against the store was due to Reggie’s’ support of “ethnic cleansing of Palestinians”.

The protest would take place at selected stores in the three cities.

“The South African toy store Reggie’s is knowingly sponsoring an Israeli parastatal organisation, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is directly involved in the forced removal and dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Despite numerous appeals, the director of Reggie’s, Mr Issy Zimmerman ... not only refused to end his involvement with the JNF (a recipient of Reggie’s’ financial support) but threatened he would intensify it,” said Alan Horwitz, spokesman of Stop The JNF.

Zimmerman also owned the South African franchise of ToysRus, Horwitz said.

He said a group of concerned Jewish South Africans who did not identify themselves with the JNF and Israel spearheaded the creation of a local chapter of the international campaign called Stop The JNF.

Protests would be held outside selected Reggie’s stores in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

“We feel that it is unconscionable that while hundreds of Palestinian children are held in Israeli prisons, a toy shop that purportedly celebrates children is knowingly supporting an Israeli parastatal complicit in gross human rights violations,” said Horwitz.

Efforts to get comment from Reggie’s were unsuccessful.


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