40 000 join Cape Town protest against Israeli attacks

2014-07-16 18:18

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An estimated 40 000 people poured through central Cape Town today to protest the Palestine “massacre” at Parliament.

The city came to a standstill at lunchtime as marchers handed a memorandum to the chairperson of Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee, Siphosezwe Masango.

Meanwhile, MP Magdalene Moonsamy – head of international relations for the Economic Freedom Fighters – addressed pro-Palestine protesters at Parliament’s gates, saying the EFF supported their cause. “We pledge solidarity with the people of Gaza,” she said, adding they would “go to Gaza”.

The End the War in Palestine March was organised by the Muslim Judicial Council and Cosatu.

Palestinian flags waved and banners with messages such as “Israel is a racist apartheid regime” were raised above the sea of people.

The march, which started in Keizersgracht Street in District 6, an old Muslim suburb, was peaceful and included children.

Motorists were stranded as city arterials Roeland and Plein streets were cut off from use.

Earlier this week Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to “intensify” strikes against the Palestinian organisation Hamas.

Palestinian officials say at least 200 people, including children, died in Israeli air attacks on the Gaza Strip.

“Stop the massacre in Palestine, stop the colonial occupation,” read flyers distributed to promote the march in Cape Town today.

A legal protest is also planned outside the Israeli embassy in Sandton on Friday. Organisers say 67 seconds of silence will be observed for Palestinians who died.

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