Marchers call for sanctions against Israel
Cape Town – Pro-Palestine marchers on Wednesday called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to South Africa and also for the South African government to institute sanctions against the Israeli state.
Thousands of people, many with small children and babies adorned in the green, red black and white colours of the Palestinian flag, marched through the streets of Cape Town’s city centre to demand that Israel stop its offensive against the Palestinian people.
The Palestine Solidarity Committee’s Martin Jansen told the crowd in front of Parliament that although the march was a victory, more had to be done to “defeat Zionism”.
“Our anger… must become action,” Jansen said.
He also said to loud cheers from the crowd that the South African government must institute sanctions against the Israeli state.
Both the EFF and the ANC Youth League also pledged its support for the Palestinians and both called for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk.
The march, though marked by clear anger towards the Israeli state, was largely peaceful although a doctor was called for at least three times. Most of those participating in the march were Muslims fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.