Thousands at pro-Palestine march

2014-07-18 17:50
(Abbas Momani, AFP)

(Abbas Momani, AFP)

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Thousands protest for Palestine in Cape Town

2014-07-16 14:43

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday to protest against the Israeli incursion in Gaza. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Numerous traffic jams occurred in Sandton on Friday as thousands of pro-Palestine protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy trade office.

Protesters waved pro-Palestine flags and banners against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Metro police blocked off roads around the protesters.

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi joined the protest, which was aimed at putting pressure on the government to boycott Israeli products.

In Cape Town on Wednesday a pro-Palestine march organised by the Muslim Judicial Council handed over a memorandum to Siphosezwe Masango, chairperson of Parliament's international relations portfolio committee.

The protesters wanted to air their views about the Israeli military action.

Since Israel's campaign to halt Hamas rocket fire on its cities, more than 260 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2 000 wounded, news agency The Associated Press reported, quoting Palestinian health officials.

In Israel, a civilian had died and several had been wounded, it reported.

>> Meanwhile spokesperson Clayson Monyela said that South Africa was gravely concerned by Israel's "illegal" ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The invasion had been rejected by the international community and would continue the "endless killing of innocent Palestinian civilians", especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, women and children, he said.

"The senseless invasion will also see the further destruction of civilian property and infrastructure," said Monyela.

South Africa called on the Israeli Defence Force to immediately withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring an end to their violent incursions into Palestinian territories.

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