BDS not involved in CT blasts

2014-09-05 18:12
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Johannesburg - The non-profit organisation Boycott Divestment Sanction said on Friday that it had not been involved in the explosion that affected a Woolworths store in Cape Town on Thursday.

BDS SA spokesperson Kwara Kekana said in a statement: "The accusation that we have had any role in the explosions is absurd and we reject it in the strongest of terms.

"Other than condemning the malicious damage to property and possible threat to human life (which we do condemn) we see no other reason why BDS South Africa has to comment on this issue as it is unrelated to us."

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said two explosions, one involving a motor dealership and the other a small business centre, occurred on Thursday night.

Kekana said the second explosion affected a nearby Woolworths store.

The organisation was believed to have been linked to the blast, as they were involved in the nationwide "#BoycottWoolworths" campaign, calling for the company to end relations with Israel.

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"Pro-Israeli supporters and members of the Israeli lobby in SA are attempting to link BDS South Africa with these explosions due to one of the explosions affecting a Woolworths store," said Kekana.

"The accusation by Israeli supporters is a cheap attempt by members of the Israeli lobby to undermine the growing #BoycottWoolworths campaign and in the process also undermine the investigative process currently underway by the state into the explosions."

He said the campaign was "a practical, non-violent, goal-orientated, focused and strategic campaign to hold Israel accountable to international law and human rights," and that the organisation was not involved in violence.

The campaign called on the company to end their entire trade relations with Israel, as they import and source Israeli products, including among others pretzels, couscous and coriander.
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