DA receives money from Israeli lobby – Cosatu

2013-05-13 16:52

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The Democratic Alliance has rejected claims that the party receives funding from the Israeli “lobby”.

“The DA has never declared anywhere that it received any money [from the lobby],” spokesman Mmusi Maimane said.

He was responding to Congress of SA Trade Unions Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich, who said the DA did not speak out against the Israeli government because it was receiving money from that country’s lobby.

“If the DA was opposed to racism and apartheid and discriminatory practices in principle, why are they not speaking out against the apartheid practices of Israel against Palestine?” Ehrenreich said in a statement.

“The reality is that the DA gets a lot of money from the Israeli lobby, and accordingly will not speak out against the practices in Palestine.”

Ehrenreich was himself responding to the party’s “Know Your DA” campaign which highlighted the role DA members, or people affiliated to the party, played in the struggle against apartheid.

Maimane said Cosatu’s claims were “unfortunate and in bad taste” and said the trade union federation was trying to score political points.

“We think that there should be a two-state solution [between Palestine and Israel], and a peaceful transition as it was here in South Africa when it gained democracy.”

Ehrenreich said the DA and its leader Helen Zille had to declare that it would “stop supporting the racism of Israel government and will support the people of Palestine“.

The two-state solution entails the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel in the contested territory of the former British mandate of Palestine.

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