'Forward we shall march to a free Palestine', As it happened

2018-05-15 10:17

A large number of protesters, including ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte and MP Mandla Mandela have made their way to Parliament in solidarity with the "Great Return March".

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15 May 14:28
Nelson Mandela's eldest grandson Mandla Mandela accepted the ANC of the Western Cape's memorandum. (Christina Pitt, News24)

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15 May 14:15

South Africans protest against 'apartheid' Israel

Protesters, including ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte, have made their way to Parliament in solidarity with the "Great Return March".

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15 May 14:12

Israel unleashing violence on Palestinian civilians 'totally unacceptable' - Sisulu

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has condemned Israel's use of deadly force on Palestinian civilians and said it is totally unacceptable.

"It is a disaster that shouldn't happen in our time," Sisulu said toward the end of the media briefing on her department's budget for 2018 - 2019.

Much of the briefing was spent on Monday's violence, where the Israeli defence force killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 2 700 who protested along the Gaza border as the US opened its controversial new embassy in contested Jerusalem.


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15 May 14:07

A group of concerned citizens from various backgrounds gathered outside the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Tuesday to show solidarity and to rally against the atrocities and massacre of the people of Gaza.

Among those in attendance was ANC regional secretary Themba Xathula, who said the ANC condemned the recent attack.

"We continue to say the struggle of Palestine is our struggle. There will be no free South Africa if the Palestinians aren't free.

"Xathula also called for solidarity and said a larger march against Israel needed to be organised.


15 May 14:05
"BOYCOTT APARTHEID ISRAEL" sign held up by a #FreePalestine protester outside the Nelson Mandela Bay City Hall. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

15 May 14:03
#FreePalestine protesters outside the Nelson Mandela Bay City Hall. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

15 May 14:03
Group of #FreePalestine protesters outside the Nelson Mandela Bay City Hall. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

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15 May 13:10

Heidi Grunebaum from SA Jews for Free Palestine says she is part of a growing number of Jewish people saying to Israel "It’s enough".

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Prayers and duahs before the memorandum is handed over. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Opposite the gates of Parliament. (Tammy Petersen, News24)


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Protesters carry a coffin and signs that read "Free Palestine".

Fifty-eight people, including a baby, were killed in Gaza when the US Embassy was opened in Jerusalem on Monday. (Christina Pitt, News24)


15 May 12:08

SEE: 20 striking pictures from Israeli-Gaza border clashes

Israel is bracing for a second day of violent clashes as Palestinians mark the "Nakba" (catastrophe), marking the 1948 war which led to Israel's creation.


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Abdul-Muhaimin Hendricks, 1, on his father Ismail’s shoulders. They travelled all the way from Mitchells Plain. (Tammy Pteresen, News24)

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ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and other religious leaders have joined the #GreatReturnMarch to Parliament. (Christina Pitt, News24)

15 May 11:46

South Africa should play a mediator role in the Israel-Palestine conflict to find peaceful two-state solutionby Stevens Mokgalapa MP - DA Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

The DA condemns the violence that has seen the killing of 55 Palestinians by Israeli security forces.

This loss of lives is indeed a tragedy for the people of Palestine and further exacerbates the conflict in the Middle East.

Furthermore, the DA is disappointed that the South African government has chosen to withdraw our ambassador to Israel precisely at a time when South Africa should be showing leadership. This is a departure of the South African government position of a two-state solution.

This position has also been adopted by the South African Parliament, any change in this position would need to be considered and decided on by Parliament. This has not taken place.The DA is committed to a two-state solution, where Israel and Palestine exist side by side, which is the position of the South African Government as well as the United Nations.

We believe that, because of our history, South Africa has the legitimacy and authority to act as steward in brokering peace in the Middle East.

It is crucial that South Africa remains a mediator and a special envoy in this conflict, advocating for a two-state solution so that the violence in the Middle East can come to an end.

The South African government needs to bring the decision to withdraw the ambassador to Parliament for ratification. Anything short of this can be viewed as abrogating our responsibility in this conflict.


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15 May 11:41
A larger group has gathered outside a mosque in solidarity with Palestine. (Christina Pitt, News24)

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15 May 11:28

ANC CAUCUS CONDEMNS CALLOUS MASSACRE OF PALESTINIANS BY ISRAEL

The ANC Caucus is deeply saddened, shocked and condemns in the strongest possible terms the callous and cold-blooded killings by the Israel armed forces of over about 50 Palestinians and the injuring of over 2 700 of the 35 000 people who were part of the peaceful protest march against the opening of the historically provocative US Embassy in Jerusalem, yesterday, relocating it from Tel Aviv.

The ANC Caucus is in full support of the immediate withdrawal of South Africa’s Ambassador to Israel, Mr Sisa Ngombane, until further notice. This is a mild but apt diplomatic response. 

Our democratic Parliament believes that peaceful protest marches are a normal civic or political activity in the whole civilised world.

There was absolutely no reason for the Israel armed forces to mercilessly mow down unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip yesterday. 

Today, the 15th of May, 2018 we stand in unflinching solidarity with the suffering Palestinians who commemorate 70 years of Nakba or Day of Catastrophe when in 1948, Israel forcefully occupied Palestinian territory, killed and exiled millions of Palestinians.

Sadly, the Nakba continues unabated as Israel resettles its people into Palestinian territories which is shrinking day by day. We call for a cessation of hostilities, resumption of truthful and honest negotiations on the part of Israel and a peaceful coexistence of the State of Palestine and Israel. 

As the ANC in Parliament, we will continue to work with our government and all progressive forces in the world for the liberation of Palestine to isolate the murderous Israel Apartheid regime. 


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15 May 11:17
"What's happened in #Palestine over the last 70 years ... should never have been allowed to happen." - Sue Fawcus ahead of the #GreatReturnMarch.

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Amaarah Marcus, 10, and Nuhaa Isaacs, 9, from Gordon’s Bay with a flag that reads "leave our Palestinian brothers and sisters alone". (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Protesters have started gathering on Keizersgracht Street for the #GreatReturnMarch. Proceedings start at 11:00. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Protests are set to start at 11:00.

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