Palestine Solidarity Alliance mobilises against Israeli ‘apartheid’

2012-10-01 00:00

THE recently-launched Port Shepstone chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Alliance wants Israel to face the same international pressure as apartheid South Africa felt, to force a just solution to the Palestine-Israeli conflict. Selvan Chetty, organiser of a weekend solidarity march through Port Shepstone, said many who joined the parade related to Palestinians, having lived under apartheid.

A petition was handed to Hibiscus Coast Mayor, Cynthia Mqwebu, and senior ANC members. The petition called for Israel to remove apartheid-style pass laws; stop deporting Africans; remove the “Berlin-style walls”; stop torture and detentions, especially of children; abide by United Nations resolutions and the Geneva Convention and halt state-sponsored attacks on Africans.

Chetty said the organisation also asked government departments not to accept invitations to Israel.

He said this applied particularly when such trips were not complete freebies, but involved the departments having to spend ratepayers’ money on such trips.

The petition said such invitations had been disguised under the banner of intellectual and skills exchange, especially with respect to water-purification and technology.

“That is an insult to our intelligence and our ethics,” it read.

The petition noted that “KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize has been “commended the world over for his principled stand against relations with Israel”.

In August a delegation of mayors and other members of several KwaZulu-Natal municipalities cancelled a planned visit to Israel.

Chetty told The Witness that 10 000 signatures had been collected in support of the memorandum and that around the same number of people had been witness to their awareness campaign.

While other chapters of the alliance held solidarity marches yesterday, Port Shepstone did so on Saturday in order to make more of an impact, he said.

“Around 10 000 people witnessed the march.” — WR.

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