Tripartite alliance in anti-Israel vigil

2012-11-21 11:54
An Israeli soldier makes a sign of a heart at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave. (Jack Guez, AFP)

An Israeli soldier makes a sign of a heart at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave. (Jack Guez, AFP)

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Pretoria - The tripartite alliance, including members of the ANC, on Wednesday began a 24-hour candlelight vigil outside the ministry of international relations in protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza.

The protesters from Cosatu, and the SA Communist Party, are calling for the government to expel the Israeli ambassador in South Africa and to recall Pretoria's envoy to Tel Aviv.

"The vigil is in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip," said an umbrella group calling itself Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in South Africa.

"A mass protest rally will take place [on Thursday] outside Parliament in Cape Town," it said.
Business Day earlier reported the minister of international relations as saying South Africa would consider recalling its ambassador to Israel at the "appropriate time".

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane condemned Israel's "illegal occupation" of Palestinian land and the "extrajudicial killings" of Hamas leaders.

The Israeli air and naval offensive on Gaza which started a week ago has killed 136 Palestinians and five Israelis.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  sacp  |  gaza strip  |  palestine  |  israel  |  middle east peace

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