News24

Pro-Palestine march reaches Parliament

2014-07-16 13:22

Cape Town - Thousands of chanting pro-Palestine demonstrators streamed up Plein Street in Cape Town shortly after noon on Wednesday and gathered outside Parliament's main gates.

The huge crowd, which stretched over several city blocks, held aloft scores of banners and posters, calling for an end to the violence in Palestine's Gaza Strip.

"Israel should be wipe [sic] out of the map" and "Netanyahu: Hitler's clone" were among the poster messages displayed.

The march comes a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel was set to "expand and intensify" its campaign against the Palestinian organisation Hamas.

The Jewish state has been conducting air strikes against the Palestinian territory in retaliation for rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel.

Palestinian officials claim at least 200 people have been killed in the air strikes, including children.

"Free, free Palestine!" the protesters chanted outside the parliamentary complex.

Posters held aloft by the crowd proclaimed: "Israel murders children in Gaza" and "Viva Palestine, Viva Hamas".

A group of men wearing taqiyah skullcaps carried a large Palestinian flag.

The march was organised by the Muslim Judicial Council.


Comments
  • John Lee - 2014-07-16 13:28

    Israel accepted a cease fire agreement. Hamas rejected it. How many times have they marched to illustrate that they do not support Islam extremists, like Boko Haram? 0 times. Hypocrites!

      John Lee - 2014-07-16 13:30

      Now that their own people are killed, it's a tragedy. Yet when 200 school girls are kidnapped, not a peep.

      Tiaan Laubscher - 2014-07-16 13:37

      I honestly dont understand these people. the Marched against israel, but not against terrorism, nor the kidnappings. I agree John. Hypocrites

      Nosiphom Mazibuko - 2014-07-16 13:52

      Do you know the terms of the cease fire? Only then can you judge if they were unreasonable by rejecting it.

      drsparky - 2014-07-16 14:01

      Spot on!!

      Alan Brooke - 2014-07-16 14:08

      I can only see Muslims in this protest march and once again we have a minority group making the most noise. If one does not respond to their demands then they get violent. If you are prepared to strike out, expect Israel to retaliate.

      John Lee - 2014-07-16 14:14

      Cease fire means: cease, fire. It does not mean peace. There are obviously more complicated issues which prevents peace. It means stop killing people in the short term and give dialogue an opportunity to find a solution. The only terms for a "cease fire" is to STOP FIRING. Is it really such a difficult concept to grasp. You can try and negotiate peace while rockets are flying and people die or you can at least protect lives and stop killings in the short term. What terms do you need for that?!!

      John Brown - 2014-07-16 14:14

      Viva ISRAEL! Viva!!!

      Darrion Dickens - 2014-07-16 14:15

      Last I checked this war has been going on for centuries. Its like watching a bad movie that's stuck on repeat, the only thing that's changed are the weapons. How's about protesting for the war to come to a complete end that way everyone can have some peace. I doubt most of the people involved even remember how or why it got started in the first place.

      Ridaa Gamieldien - 2014-07-16 14:20

      So you would like Hamas to accept their people being held in the worlds biggest open air prison a cease fire is not the issue freeing the palestinian people and returning their rightful land to them is. Secondly check you facts before making wild claims the Muslim Judicial council has openly slated Boko Haram and there have been many Islamic campaigns revolving around the missing girls.

      Nick Bozman - 2014-07-16 14:23

      Assad kills 160,000 and makes 3 million flee ? but that is OK,maybe Israel should learn from other middle east countries ?

      John Lee - 2014-07-16 14:31

      Redaa, I agree cease fire is not the LONG TERM solution, but you ignore my point. At least in the short term it stops the killing. Answer me this. What is better, negotiating while people are dying around you or negotiating with no killings? Hamas could have stopped SHORT TERM killings and they rejected it.

      Ridaa Gamieldien - 2014-07-16 14:37

      Come on Nick what does Asad have to do with the Palestinian issue other than them both being middlie eastern countries and nobody said whats happening in Syria is ok other than you

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-07-16 14:52

      If we have a pro ISRAEL MARCH then the pro Palestinian/Jordanians will probably attack us with rockets they got from Iran. These guys are just promoting radical islam as to wipe Israel off the map. Give them the chance and they will make SA a islamic state also with all the burka and sharia laws actually taking freedom away from all. They don't allow young females to go to school and their qran is a war document ordering the killing of all infidels. They are the poison of the world.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-07-16 14:54

      Even news24 is pro islam and the palestinians --they are sensoring my pro israel statements We have a problem here in SA with radical i sl am support.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-07-16 14:56

      John brown I agree with you but even n 2 4 is supporting is lam and cutting out pro israeli comments. We have a problem here.

      Tashreeq Jattiem - 2014-07-16 16:06

      @Andre Jacobs you are just plain stupid!!! I honestly did not expect the hateful things I read here. This is typical comments. Here's a few points you ignorant people need to read before you comment again. 1. The genocide happening in Gaza is not a religious thing. There are Muslims, Christians and Jews living in Palestine. Not only Muslims are being killed!!! 2. How can you blame all Muslims for the actions of extremist Muslims? There are extremists in every faith, but you will only hear about the Muslims! Our religion does not allow the killing of innocent people, let alone bombing yourself up. As with any religion, you get a few who take certain verses of the book of God and use it for their own agenda. I am a Muslim and I have no intention to blow people up. So please stop generalizing, we are all adults. One would expect a certain level of maturity! 3. Who says Hamas rejected the terms of a cease fire? The CNN, BBC? If you take the time to do your research you will find the truth! 4. Quote: "I can only see Muslims in this protest march and once again we have a minority group making the most noise." @Alan, do you have children? Would you like to see the head of your child blown off? Yes there are many Muslims here, it just shows who took the time of their busy schedules to march for a good cause. I can see many of you are not educated on the matter but you have so much to say. I guess that is what the world has come to, ignorant people running their mouths off.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 10:45

      Cant all these marchers go to Lavender Hill,Manenberg,Hanover Park,Mitchells Plain,Elsies River,Athlone and march against gangsterism which has killed scores of (their own people up to now)?????stop the bloodshed on your own streets hypocrits first !!!Ho3many toddlers were gunned down in gang battles???yet it is convenient to march on Gaza!!!

  • Chase Cameron - 2014-07-16 13:32

    I think the world should let these two sides sort their tit for tat fight out by themselves. It's ridiculous that neither side is willing to come to an agreement. I know I'll be thumbed down but it's the truth. Neither side wants to make any compromises.

      Stephen Leonard Ritchie - 2014-07-16 13:42

      check your factss Chase.... Israel agreed to and stood by a ceasefire yesterday for several hours.... Hamas has rejected it and continued with hostilities, leaving Israel with no choice!

      Chase Cameron - 2014-07-16 13:44

      A ceasefire is not what is needed. What is needed is a peace agreement and compromises from BOTH sides. No more attacks, no more stealing land, no more terrorism.

      Mark Blane - 2014-07-16 13:49

      Israel have said on more than one occasion they will negotiate but the Hamas are refusing... So Israel must carry on blowing them away. If it was not for the iron dome there would have been more innocent lives lost on Israel side than on Palestine's but the Hamas don't give a rat about there own people that they leave there weapons in civilian areas so they have more casualties...

      Bradley Kecskes - 2014-07-16 13:59

      It was Lebanon not Egypt...1200 leb soldiers down, 12 Israeli soldiers...

      Gary Goddard - 2014-07-16 14:10

      @Bradley - if you are replying to Henks comment, you are wrong. The 6 Day was took place in 1967 with Israel bombing targets in Egypt, Syria and Jordan, What you may be referring to is Operation Peace for Galilee in 1982 which was Israel's assault to remove the threat of Syrian Forces in Lebanon as well as hitting PLO targets.

      Cautious But Wise - 2014-07-16 14:18

      Both sides want Jerusalem, and since neither side is willing to ever compromise on this point you're looking at a war that will be fought to the last man. Any temporary agreement such as a ceasefire only serves to prolong the inevitable. Supporters for either side demonstrating in foreign countries serves only to increase resources, being money weapons or soldiers, for the front line operations. While the rest of the world entertains this, both sides are increasing in strength, Hamas more so than Israel, resulting in the continuous increase in the inevitable final conflict. Since Israel knows this they are hard pressed at containing Hamas' strength as far as possible. The West also knows this and are allowing this containment, without which they will inevitably be required to get involved in. Ask yourself this, which side's supporters are causing the most terrorist activities in the most countries world-wide for whatever reason, and where? These are the countries that will back Israel should the need arise. Never burn bridges...

      Pieter Calitz - 2014-07-16 14:43

      > ..you're looking at a war that will be fought to the last man Nope..not true.. the replacement rate is higher than the dying rate for both Israel and Palestine. That means both sided are growing in numbers.

      Tashreeq Jattiem - 2014-07-16 17:23

      @Stephen. Israel has a choice, not to kill woman and children, not to target houses, schools, hospitals etc. There is a reason why people say Israel is breaking so many international laws. So I think you should check your facts and keep your one sided comments to yourself! @Mark, so you say it is OK to blow the heads off children, have children sleep in the streets because they are too afraid to their homes will be blow away while they are sleeping. @Cautious But Wise. Again a generalization of extremist Muslims which has nothing to do with the rest of the Muslim population. In case you did not know, Palestine consist of people from different faiths. Not only Muslims! If you consider the weapons Israel has compared to Hama's, do you think it is a fair fight? Can any of you tell me how many people were killed in Israel the past week? Then tell me how many Palestinians were Killed? If you don't care about that then I feel sorry for you. Take a look at the little babies that were killed, you can't tell me israel had no way to avoid that with their guided missiles. Israel has the iron dome that shoots and Hama's rockets down, they have bomb shelters, even Android Apps that alert them of Hama's rockets. What do the innocent Palestinians have?

  • Riaan Venter - 2014-07-16 13:33

    Isreal sould go in with troops.And destroy all missiles and you can not fire missiles in to a country and expect no response.

  • Stephen Leonard Ritchie - 2014-07-16 13:37

    These protesters are a disgrace, an embarrassment to our country! God bless Israel, and may the IDF do anything and everything necessary to silence the rockets and violence being committed daily against Israels people!

      Gadija Ismail - 2014-07-16 14:07

      why are they a disgrace,is it maybe because they have a heart!

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:19

      THey are a disgrace because they are supporting the concept of firing random missiles and civilians, and condemning the Israelis for retaliating.... Why does Hamas fire the missiles from civilian areas knowing the Israelis are going to retaliate and innocent people will get hurt. Hamas are a bunch of cowards using women and children as fodder for their propaganda... (and this from a person that dislikes Israelis)

      Stephen Leonard Ritchie - 2014-07-16 14:21

      No Gadija, they are a disgrace because it is their people in Gaza who are doing everything in their power to kill and maim innocent Israelis. If they had a heart they would be imploring the Gazans to respect life, end terror and find a way to live in peace.... but peace is not what they seek!

      Karl Kemp - 2014-07-16 14:25

      Gadija, BECAUSE islam comes forward as all innocent, but is actually the cause of most of the problems in the world!!

      Edward Strydom - 2014-07-16 14:53

      If anyone is a disgrace Stephen it is you. you cannot go around judging an entire religion by a few peoples mistakes or downfalls. If you are christian,how would it feel if people used every christian mans wrong doing against the religion? same goes for any other religion!you my friend are the disgrace! 100 Muslims dont make Islam just like 10000 Christians dont make Christianity. You people need to stop hating on the mistakes few 100's made or are making but concentrate on what is right. If your people were being killed like this, would you support the oppressors? i think not! its not about religion its about human freaking rights!

      John Loveland - 2014-07-16 15:24

      Edward, unfortunately its not hundreds but hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Muslims who are involved in violence and wars all in the name of Islam. They also enforce their OWN version of Islamic law on all society, Muslim or not, with punishment being death in the most brutal forms. Secondly these are not "mistakes" as you so nicely put it. Its intentional violence. They certainly don't have a great "human rights" record. Unfortunately the moderate Muslims are not out spoken, nor reject the actions of these various religious extreme groups, which has done more damage to Islam than anything else.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 10:55

      Gadija why not turn in numbers for other conflicts hy cherry pick this one????Oh and isnt the gang wars closer to home???March against gangs/drugs/alcoholism etc which is ongoing for the last twenty years...

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 10:58

      Edward its only there people hen it suits them when sunni and shia massacre(both Muslim) eachother what then???but when Israelis/Serbs/Lebanese Christians defend themselves it becomes a human rights issue????

  • Stephen Leonard Ritchie - 2014-07-16 13:41

    If Israel laid down their arms today, they would be wiped off the face of the earth, down to the last defenceless infant.... If Hamas laid down their arms today, their would be everlasting peace in the region. Stupid protesters should be telling their ilk in Gaza to stop their violence, destruction and total disregard for life, of their own women and children as much as Israel's!!! Losers!!!

      Edward Strydom - 2014-07-16 15:03

      Come back when you not choosing sides Stephen. childish behavior dude. if anyones a LOSER here it would be you! the bottom line is that people are being murdered everyday. stop hating and fight for human rights instead LOSER!

      Daniel Spengler - 2014-07-16 15:50

      "If Israel laid down their arms today, they would be wiped off the face of the earth, down to the last defenceless infant" Like how white South Africans were completely wiped out in 1994? The apartheid government should have really expanded and intensified their campaign against the ANC and kept on settling in homelands. /s Take a look at the body counts so far over 150 palestinians killed, 1 Israeli killed. Protecting and expanding Israeli settlements on the West bank is not defence, it is imperialism.

  • Mark Blane - 2014-07-16 13:42

    It is so typical that the Muslims will always point the finger after casting the first stone... Please go back to Palestine and fight, leave SA out of your warmongering...

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-07-16 13:52

    Funny how no-one protests about what is happening in the rest of Africa and other parts of the Middle East!

  • Rob Graf - 2014-07-16 13:53

    I believe Israel has a right to exist and thus I support them, the Arabs have vast tracts of land oil and such...they only want to destroy Israel because they don't believe the Jewish faith deserves a place on this earth

      Mark Blane - 2014-07-16 13:58

      And you kill your own children...

      Tings N Times - 2014-07-16 14:07

      Post a link to back your statement blaney boy!

  • John Lee - 2014-07-16 13:54

    I see the click bots are among us and posts are being deleted... The truth to hard to handle?

  • Armando Guerra - 2014-07-16 13:54

    only those living in Gaza know how it feels like.the fact that there are conflict free episodes doesn't mean that there's peace and happiness in Gaza/Westbank. Hamas must fight to the last drop of blood if they believe it's for a just cause. stop making short-sighted/short-founded comment and inform yourself a little about Israel/Palestine history/conflict.

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:31

      Armando.... I think you need to take your own advice.....But read unbiased books - Both sides have their propaganda machines. you will not that prior to 1948, there were no residents on the Westbank. They started moving in in the very early 60's, it was only after the Yom Kipur war that the radicals started to cause trouble... The Arabs that remained in Israel are Israelis in all sense of the terms and are in the armed forces, universities, hospitals, etc - actually one of the most integrated societies I have ever seen.

  • louis.elst - 2014-07-16 13:54

    Palestinians are just as guilty as the Israelites Who,fired the most rockets I think the Palestinians Is this another case of Muslims believe they are right and all other races and believes are not worthy ?

  • Mandy Jackson - 2014-07-16 13:58

    “If in the past year you didn’t CRY OUT when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you ONLY cry out for GAZA, then you are not pro HUMAN RIGHTS, you are only ANTI-ISRAEL.” — Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, July 15, 2014

  • Leor Hurwitz - 2014-07-16 14:00

    Hilarious article "The huge crowd, which stretched over several city blocks, held aloft scores of banners and posters, calling for an end to the violence in Palestine's Gaza Strip. "Israel should be wipe [sic] out of the map" and "Netanyahu: Hitler's clone" were among the poster messages displayed" Right, peace activists ?

  • wentzel.coetzer.58 - 2014-07-16 14:02

    Protest Why Have they nothing better to do Just shows the level of IQ in this country If somebody fire rockets at you must you just sit back and enjoy the fireworks

  • Fannie Mashilo - 2014-07-16 14:03

    I won't waste my time fighting for Palestinian since Hamas has declared that it wants a total eradication of Israel,I mean we live in a world where people must be like Mandela and sacrifice something somewhere in order for peace to prevail in this world.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 10:59

      Well said Fannie!!!

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:08

    Free Palestine... well done citizens of sa for standing up against opression

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:52

      Isn't Palestine an Independent State? so who do they need to be freed from?

  • Champ Moroe - 2014-07-16 14:10

    Its funny how the south African Muslims will protest when Israel bomb the Palestinians but they won't march when Boko Haram kidnaps innocent little girls. By so saying I don't condone what the Bully Israel is doing to the Palestinians. I am not anti Islam nor anti Jewish ppl.

      bruce.barker.3910 - 2014-07-16 14:18

      Why are Muslims unhappy about the situation? Israel is no more religiously Jewish than Gaza religiously Muslim. Smoke and mirrors abound!

      Raeesa Sayed - 2014-07-16 14:24

      Excellent point. Muslims have fiercely condemned the actions of boko harem.From a personal perspective I dont believe everything the media tells me. Take the case of israel,the news being shoved down everyones throats makes it seems as if the Palestenians are terrorist and that its ok to persecute them, that israelis are simply defending themselves. We have heard so little of the thousands of palestenians children killed, under 12 yr olds in jail persecuted etc. Most pro israeli supporters simply do not understand what Palestenians are subjected to because the media has projected a very different image of the reality.

      Raeesa Sayed - 2014-07-16 14:49

      @deeked you just proved my point...heres 1 of countless examples... rain of fire a 71-page report provides witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza. Human Rights Watch researchers in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school. The report also presents ballistics evidence, photographs, and satellite imagery, as well as documents from the Israeli military and government.

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:11

    Because it shows their support.. United we shall stand against such opression

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:14

    wow Trevor.. by the use of ur language u really angry hey. the truth hurts.. u show how intelligent you are by your nasty comments...

  • Clive Prince - 2014-07-16 14:14

    Is this a pro Palestine or pro Hamas march ???.

  • Tshaga Tetelo - 2014-07-16 14:15

    those of us who experience oppression feel for the Palestines whilst those who enjoyed to oppress other people envy the Israelites, which side are u vote by thumbs down or up

  • Lanfear Mierin - 2014-07-16 14:15

    Oh FFS! These comments are ludicrous! Tit for tat and all that. Do you guys seriously believe that only one side in this sorry conflict is guilty and the other are harmless poor innocents? What utter and total bullshyte! Both sides are equally guilty. Inform yourselves and try to get hold of some unbiased reports, articles and history. There is only one inhumane thing to do, nuke the whole area and get rid of them all, then there will be peace, since nobody seems willing to be reasonable about it. Neither side deserves sympathy or support. Let them stew in their own hell on earth they themselves created and uphold. For the muslim/Palestine supporters, where were your protests when Syria killed 200 000 people, or when 200 school girls were kidnapped by extremists, and so forth? You are a bunch of HYPOCRITES to march! Shame on you. For the Israel supporters, take off your zionist-blinkers and get real.

  • Gary Zvi Jonathan - 2014-07-16 14:17

    'Israel should be wiped off the map'-very peaceful the sentiments of this march

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:18

    with all due respect..how would you know that Champ. there are many muslims who showed and continue to show their support for the innocent girls who were abducted.. u cant judge an entire nation with the actions of a few.. I hope u understand.

      Danie Theron - 2014-07-16 14:25

      Then they should march to stop extremism amongst muslims....bet they wont do that....iow they support it.

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:40

      True, Binte, apparently 75% of Muslims are peace loving. So of the 1.2bn Muslims, only 300m are bloodthirsty fanatics out to destroy everything that is not Muslim....

  • Peter Redelinghuys - 2014-07-16 14:18

    How about south Africans march against violent crime in SA? You people are weird, you come together for another country and their people but not your own, why?

      Peter Redelinghuys - 2014-07-16 14:29

      A thumbs down on my question kinda justifies what the whole world thinks of people in SA. Sad man! So sad people choose this way. We are spineless in our own quest.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:11

      Yep and most of these marchers come from places ith the most horrific gang warfare taking place can they please march against that first and then Palestine or is that too much to ask for???

  • Michael Cader - 2014-07-16 14:21

    So the Israelis and Palestinians are bombing each other up in the middle east. South Africans offer their help by Toyi Toyi'ng?

      Raaziq Tape - 2014-07-16 14:26

      If everyone else abroad stood back during south africas aparheid era we would probably still have apartheid. this is south africa all over again #stupid

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:44

      Raving Ape, actually it is nothing like South Africa. Palestine is an independent state so where is the similarities.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:17

      Raaziq the more you trump the Apartheid card the more you making it sound like it was a good thing which it obviously wasnt.........THIS IS A WAR ONE SIDE COMMITED TO THE OTHER SIDES DESTRUCTION WHO HAS ALL THE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES TO PREVENT A DESTRUCTION AND USE IT!!!on the other hand I deplore airstrikes and would love to see Israeli soldiers retake Gaza after expelling Hamas and not leaving until a permenant peace treaty is in place that way no blockade/siege necessary the only disadvantage ill be Israeli kids will have to spend 3 years of their life watching that miserable place while Palestinians will have to face the same kind of military occupation their counterparts do in the West Bank...But then again nothing Israel does will be good enough for you lot..

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:21

    we are always for our country and its people. Many of us Muslims continue to be victims of crime... May we all be rightly guided. eaxh of our actions will be judged according to our intentions. we want to show we stand United for our muslim brothers and sisters

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-07-16 14:45

      Yup, they will keep slaughtering the infidel until Islam reigns supreme....

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:19

      and when you kill eachother shia and sunni??? Kurds and arabs???oh but non Muslims cant protect themselves against Islamic extremists(no reference to uninvolved Muslims)

  • Danie Theron - 2014-07-16 14:22

    Hamas is the evil one in this war. They refuse to except piece offers, they keep firing rockets into Israel,they hide their rockets in civilian areas. If you do that you clearly don't even love your own people....they are an evil terrorist organization period.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:21

      Which part of HAMAS refuse peace do these poor sods not understand its beyond me why the Israelis left Gaza in 2005 they could have still kept the army there and we wouldnt see all this chest thumping today!!!

  • Skory Skorokoro - 2014-07-16 14:22

    Well done SA bt I wish you could do the samething with Nkandla,e-tolls,unemployment bt you can't or is it bcz booommma is above the law?

  • Hendrik Kruger - 2014-07-16 14:23

    The march reached Pariament? Wrong government LOL

  • Gary Zvi Jonathan - 2014-07-16 14:24

    The never protested when 250 000 people were annihilated in Syria or a million black nilotic people killed by the Arabs in Sudan , or mugabe butchered his people, or girls stoned to death in Iran-that they all liked

  • NoAbsolutes - 2014-07-16 14:24

    Quite honestly, local people supporting Hamas under the current circumstances just results in a complete loss of their credibility. In future, even if their protest IS justified, people will simply ignore them.

  • Sarah Hanso - 2014-07-16 14:25

    Yesterday a suicide bombing incident in Afghanistan, killed 89 people and injured over 50 people. The incident happened just outside a market and a mosque. I haven't even seen one comment let alone one condemnation of this incident. Last week Friday in Iraq, another suicide car bombing killed 28 people including women and children. Where are all the protests for these killings? People are being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria etc. and I never see anyone condemning it. Why don't they protest against all these killings? The answer is because they are the biggest hypocrites. As for some of those statements on the banners, these people should be ashamed of themselves wanting to "wipe another country off the map!!" How sick and disgusting are they to say that? Shows you the calibre of people in this march!!

  • John Multicolour - 2014-07-16 14:26

    The real problem here is religion... All Religion...

  • Wehr Wulf - 2014-07-16 14:27

    Keep going Israel! The world supports you!

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:28

    we never for such things trev... we are against All opression

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:23

      then sho the same support or are the other causes lessworthy and the Palestinian cause is a fashion statement for Muslims and liberals???

  • Binte Maya - 2014-07-16 14:29

    oh yes we did stand up for Syria as well.. we are not just for gaza.. but stand up for all those who are being opressed and are in difficulty

  • Sarah Hanso - 2014-07-16 14:38

    How ironic? These people crying out to wipe Israel off the map. Israel's population also consists of over a million Arabs most of which are Muslim. Would they really like do that? How stupid can you be?

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:24

      Yep they forgot to mention the Israeli Arabs ho serve in the IDF ;-)

  • Mikaeel Adam - 2014-07-16 14:39

    Go and google ' an honest jew tells the truth about Israel'. Watch it..

  • Eran Michaeli - 2014-07-16 14:39

    Why don't they march for the violence to stop in Syria, Iran, Egypt and the like? The ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe and Africa? Or better yet our own problems in South Africa with the highest rape and murder rate per capita. Why does no one protest against our own government for that? So typical! These protestors have no connection to Palestine other than sharing their faith. Every protesting Muslim thinks they are Palestinian. Why don't they see themselves as "Muslims" and fight for all the innocent Muslims being slaughtered in the surrounding countries in the Middle East every day? Mindless drones fuelled by an ignorant hatred for a people for no rational and logical reason. So sad South Africa...so disappointing.

      Altaaf Kumandan - 2014-07-16 16:29

      Who the hell are u to decide who we protest against? And yes, we are protesting because we share the same faith but that is the greatest connection we could have. It IS oppression in Palestine. Imagine Mandela had to turn the tables and oppress the whites?! Would u not beg for resolution? If u could do nothing because the government had all the fire power would uou not appeal to other nations who had a sense of humanity to aid you? They would have no connection to u other than skin colour which means jack.. Are u pro-massacre of children? Also, its not only muslims, its jews and christians protesting too BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN UNLIKE YOU. Im disappointed in you Eran, for we were a state of oppression and hate, we kept people as slaves but the international community stood up for us and now we are free. We are standing alongside THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (Germany, netherlands, Uk, belgium, France, Bangladesh) to fight oppression. Not Jews. So either get ur facts straight or shut it.

      Altaaf Kumandan - 2014-07-16 16:50

      Who the hell are u to decide who we protest against? And yes, we are protesting because we share the same faith but that is the greatest connection we could have. It IS oppression in Palestine. Imagine Mandela had to turn the tables and oppress the whites?! Would u not beg for resolution? If u could do nothing because the government had all the fire power would uou not appeal to other nations who had a sense of humanity to aid you? They would have no connection to u other than skin colour which means jack.. Are u pro-massacre of children? Also, its not only muslims, its jews and christians protesting too BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN UNLIKE YOU. Im disappointed in you Eran, for we were a state of oppression and hate, we kept people as slaves but the international community stood up for us and now we are free. We are standing alongside THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (Germany, netherlands, Uk, belgium, France, Bangladesh) to fight oppression. Not Jews. So either get ur facts straight or shut it.

      Altaaf Kumandan - 2014-07-16 16:52

      Who the hell are u to decide who we protest against? And yes, we are protesting because we share the same faith but that is the greatest connection we could have. It IS oppression in Palestine. Imagine Mandela had to turn the tables and oppress the whites?! Would u not beg for resolution? If u could do nothing because the government had all the fire power would uou not appeal to other nations who had a sense of humanity to aid you? They would have no connection to u other than skin colour which means jack.. Are u pro-massacre of children? Also, its not only muslims, its jews and christians protesting too BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN UNLIKE YOU. Im disappointed in you Eran, for we were a state of oppression and hate, we kept people as slaves but the international community stood up for us and now we are free. We are standing alongside THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY (Germany, netherlands, Uk, belgium, France, Bangladesh) to fight oppression. Not Jews. So either get ur facts straight or shut it.

      Adam Khan - 2014-07-16 18:52

      The gist of this comment is that nobody should protest against the criminal and murderous acts of any government because there is always another government who may be committing worse acts. It's like saying: "leave us to our murderous acts and please concern yourself with the murderous acts of others". This smacks of much indifference and insensitivity to the suffering of the people in respect of whom protest action is taken. Is this your attempt to deflect the heinous crimes of the apartheid israeli regime? It's simply wont work.

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:36

      Altaaf and Adam you missing the point in CPT their are gang wars left right and centre and an endemic rape crisis but the Palestinian cause is becoming a fashion statement??!! We Israelis dont derive pleasure from killing other human beings infact quiet the contrary, its just unfortunate that Hamas think its okay to fire rockets/missiles/projectiles from densely populated places(go to google earth and see all the open spaces they can use to fire their rockets) deliberatly targetting Israelis we dont ant to live like this so we have a war on our hands that we dont want, and in a matter of days we will send our ground forces and relatives/children(ENDANGERNG THERE LIVES) to fight in Gaza just because Hamas refuse peace, if that were not the case then we wouldnt be having this conversation right now...War is not cool not for Israelis and certainly not for Palestinians!!!Overall I wish Gazans a future of happiness/prosperity and co-existence but Hamas and other groups dont ant this and neither sometimes does our stupid government...

  • June Francis - 2014-07-16 14:40

    Israel must stop firing rockets at Hamas but Hamas can fire bombs whenever the hell they please into Israel. Both parties are at fault, let them sort it out themselves.

      Altaaf Kumandan - 2014-07-16 16:36

      How are both parties at fault? Soweto uprising lead to massacre. U saying its their fault they stood up against oppression? So the Palestinians, having their land stripped from them and being forced to live under occupation should just continue to be oppressed? Hamas is A RESISTANCE. THEY FIGHT FOR THEIR PEOPLE AGAINST THE ZIONIST OPPRESSORS. they fought back and the bully came with immense fire power and indiscriminantly murdered 200 people of which a quarter are just kids. Shall we leave it to them to kill more kids? How about your kids? America decides to invade SA and fires down rockets on our homes? Should we tell supporting international aid " its cool we'll sort it out ourselves against thr worlds greatest fire power"

  • Mikaeel Adam - 2014-07-16 14:41

    whats up with this moderation??? Horrific posts are allowed to be put up against Palestinians by jew supporters but my posts, not insulting in the least are not posted!! Leaves much to be desired!!

  • June Francis - 2014-07-16 14:41

    What about the people in Syria dying like flies. No one even squeaks about that.

      Adam Khan - 2014-07-16 18:54

      The gist of this comment is that nobody should protest against the criminal and murderous acts of any government because there is always another government who may be committing worse acts. It's like saying: "leave us to our murderous acts and please concern yourself with the murderous acts of others". This smacks of much indifference and insensitivity to the suffering of the people in respect of whom protest action is taken. Is this your attempt to deflect the heinous crimes of the apartheid israeli regime? It's simply wont work.

  • Bobbycat - 2014-07-16 14:48

    Israel is leaning further and further right, it's only a matter of time before the BSD movement takes hold.

  • Glen Wentworth - 2014-07-16 15:07

    Why are they not marching against the human rights abuses in china. Those children not important I guess. Whoopie for the pro palistinians.

      Fareez Bridgens - 2014-07-17 03:12

      if you feel so strongly about the human rights abuses in china, why not organise your own awareness march instead of critisizing. Get up and do something...Organise your human rights march and I'll join you...for most of us its not about taking anybody's side but just for the killings to stop

      Fareez Bridgens - 2014-07-17 04:41

      Why dont you organise an awarness march for those children and We'll join you.Each person joined the march for their own reasons...mine was for the children...am I wrong to want peace for them?

  • Umr Khan Khan - 2014-07-16 15:09

    Sorry but this shows why we have wars in the world. Nobody stands united, people are so ignorant. And for those assuming nothing is being done about syria and afghanistan you are seriously mistaken! We have been aiding syria since the war started over there. We have members of the MJC doing regular visits by taking everything we contribute to assist them! Just a day before the fast members returned from taking first aid supplies and also a substantial amount in monetary value and till this day the collections continue! So stop blowing smoke and stop assuming. Do your homework before you comment

  • Devashanee Naidoo - 2014-07-16 15:09

    The bible says that many nations will rise up against you Israel, but victorious you shall be blessed is Israel Amen Genesis 27 ver 29

      Altaaf Kumandan - 2014-07-16 16:15

      Verily, in Surah 17 verse 76 of the Holy Quran it says: and indeed they were about to drive you from the land and evict you therefrom, and when they do they will not remain after you, except for a short while. Its also funny to see that u are pro Israel yet palestinians are made up of Muslims AND Christians. U may be okay with your brothers and sisters of faith being massacred but we are muslims, we are ONE ummah, one nation. If one fights for the sake of Allsh Swt, we all fight.

      Ash Nkomo - 2014-07-16 17:12

      Well, screw you and your bible, mate!

  • Reza Ryklief - 2014-07-16 15:20

    Blaming Hamas for fighting back is like blaming a woman resisting against her rapist. To all the Jewish people, we Muslims are not your enemy. For over a 1000 years Jews and Muslims lived in Jerusalem, as neighbors, babysitting each other's children. Yes, there have always been conflicts in the Holy land, but in the Holy city, everyone was welcome, until the 20th century. The Zionists have fooled you all, into thinking this is a religious war, and creating hatred between Muslim and Jewish brothers. Open your eyes!

      Karl Kemp - 2014-07-16 16:07

      Reza, that's what you muslins want, making as if you not to blame, but in actual fact in every islamist you have such an hatred for Israel. Don't try and play the victim, for everybody to feel sorry for you. GO ISRAEL!!!!

      Jason Diaz - 2014-07-16 16:31

      Reza this is not true. The Jews were slaughtered en masse whilst living under Arab Rule e.g. Hebron Massacre 1922 They were Victims of Apartheid as were the Christians being classed as 2nd class citizens or Dhimi according to Sharia Law. Haj Amin al-Husseini the Mufti of Jerusalem was an ardent Nazi and was a personal guest of Hitlers. The Muslim residents of Jerusalem expressed support for anti-Jewish policy in Germany as early as 1933. You are unfortunately a Victim of anti-Jewish Propaganda. Please tell me what a Zionist is

      NoAbsolutes - 2014-07-16 16:42

      Why are these protests in support of Palestinians being organised exclusively by Muslims if this isn't about religion?

      Alon Fisher - 2014-07-17 11:47

      No we blame Hamas for sadistically endangering their own civilians while trying to kill our families and loved ones...Golda Meir had a quote"We might forgive the Arabs for trying to kill our children, but we will never forgive them for making us kill theirs".....And this is exactly what Hamas is doing by placing rocket launchers next to apartment blocks/mosques and schools and other military infastructure he n there is so enough open space in gaza, the reason for this is they kno their toys become sitting ducks on a deserted plot of land or abandoned settlement but no lets shoot from clinics/hospitals and call BBC/Al Jazeera once fire is returned to its source they have manipulated this art of deception to such an extent that they will even sacrifice their own families and worst of all have you watched al aqsa tv and seen the kids shows????

  • Pumlani Tyali - 2014-07-16 16:11

    Equal to apartheid atrocities. Expel the Israel ambassador and recall ours NOW. This is sickening.

  • Jason Diaz - 2014-07-16 16:20

    What amazes me is that group of anti-Israel protesters can march unhindered and without intimidation. Their right to freedom of speech recognized by Zionists. Yet when Jews and supporters of Israel gather they are not afforded the same rights, they are intimidated, harassed and even assaulted. This can be seen around the world; France, Germany, London etc... just as in Israel the Zionists are attacked and the Arabs Cry foul. Jewish events disrupted by protesters: (Please add to the list) Israel independence day celebrations (2013) Daniel Zamir (2013)