Charge Jewish Board of Deputies with war crimes – Tony Ehrenreich

2014-08-14 15:30

Cosatu Western Cape secretary and Cape Town councillor Tony Ehrenreich has called for “an eye for an eye against Zionist aggression”.

He commented on the Israeli attacks on Gaza in a message posted on Facebook, which he told City Press was his “personal opinion”.

In the message he said the Jewish Board of Deputies should feel “the wrath of the people of SA with the age old biblical teaching of an eye for an eye.

“The time has come for the conflict to be waged everywhere the Zionist supporters fund and condone the war killing machine of Israel.”

Ehrenreich said he “certainly didn’t mean there should be violence out of it, but I do think we should take more decisive action in South Africa that will stop the slaughter of Palestinian women and children”.

He said the action should be focused on the board and those who made it financially possible for South African citizens to go and fight for the Israeli army.

When asked what the action should be, he said the Jewish Board of Deputies should be charged with war crimes and imprisoned.

He said calls for the recall of the South African ambassador from Israel didn’t work, “so maybe more radical statements will help end the carnage”.

In his Facebook message he said the sending of young people to fight for Israel “makes the Jewish Board of Deputies complicit in the murder of the people of Gaza”.

Cosatu yesterday called for South Africa to start looking at economic sanctions against Israel.

Meanwhile, the SAJBD accused Ehrenreich of hate speech and inciting violence against the Jewish community and intended to lay charges against him.

SAJBD chairperson Mary Kluk said the post was a flagrant violation of South African law prohibiting hate speech and incitement to cause harm.

"Ehrenreich's inflammatory post incites violence and hatred against the representative body for South African Jewry," she said.

  • The story has been updated with additional information.

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