Roses to remind Durban of the thorny Palistinian issue

2014-07-21 00:00

THE Durban beach promenade became a sea of red yesterday when a group of youngsters handed out 1 000 roses to the public.

The project called Petals for Palestine was initiated by a group of five women in the hope of creating awareness on the Palestinian conflict.

Orders for roses had reached full capacity by Friday morning and organisers said they had to turn away over 500 orders. About 100 volunteers had participated. One of the organisers, Razia Paruk, said they started the campaign after noticing how many people were unaware of what was going on in Palestine.

“After too many dinner discussions we decided that we had to act now because if the people around us were oblivious.”

Each rose had a famous quote from past leaders from around the world about oppression and apartheid.

Paruk said they chose roses to be given out because they are a symbol of peace and love.

“We thought it was a good platform to link the South African struggle with the struggle in Palestine,” she said.

• On Friday a march in solidarity with Palestine will head to the city hall from Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street. A memorandum will be handed over to the eThekwini

municipality demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

• Pickets calling customers to boycott Israeli products will happen outside major chain stores around Durban during the course of the week.

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