PRESS ALERT: Protest Vigil for Gaza at SA Department of International Relations calling for Expulsion of Israeli Ambassador [starting at 13h30, but with speeches only at 15h00]

This is a reminder and invite to members of the media that the South African Palestine solidarity and human rights organisation BDS South Africa will be holding a solidarity and protest vigil at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) head office in Pretoria/Tshwane today (Friday, 11 July starting from 13h30, with speeches at 15h00). BDS South Africa calls on fellow organisations, peace and justice loving peoples and members of the media to join this protest and solidarity vigil.

Protest and solidarity vigil for Gaza calling for expulsion of Israeli ambassador
Place: Dept. of International Relations, OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria
Time: Starting 13h30 but with speeches only at 15h00
Info: 0842119988

The solidarity and protest vigil (which will be supported by various partner organziations) will be calling on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the South African government to immediately withdraw the South African Ambassador in Tel Aviv (Israel) as well as expel the Israeli Ambassador in South Africa (Ambassador Arthur Lenk) - these two actions are the least that our government can do to protest the wanton killing of innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Apartheid regime. Furthermore, South Africa must impose full diplomatic sanctions against Israel until Israel ends its illegal siege on Gaza and its apartheid policies.

As of 11 July 2014, over 100 Palestinians including more than 20 children have been killed by Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip ( Human rights activists are describing the Israeli attacks as a "massacre". In one of the most deadliest attacks, Israel killed 7 members of the Kaware family home in Khan Younis (click here) including a two Palestinian children under the age of 5 (click here). In another deadly Israeli attack, 6 members of one family including the father, daughter, two uncle, aunt and grandmother. Two Palestinian brothers, Mohammed Aarif (13) and 12-year-old Amir Aarif were killed in an air strike on Shejaiya, east of Gaza City, while another Israeli air strike in the nearby Zeitun district killed Amina Malaka (27) and her 18-month-old son Mohammed Malaka. Further north, another missile hit Beit Hanun, killing 40-year-old Sahar al-Masri and her 14-year-old son Ibrahim al-Masri (click here).
The Palestinian Gaza Strip is the world’s largest open air prison with over 1,5 million Palestinians caged in and cut off by Israel from the rest of the world. The Palestinian Gaza Strip is the world’s most densely populated piece of land on this earth making the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian Gaza Strip all the more horrendous. The collective punishment and illegal siege by Israel of the Palestinian people of Gaza must immediately end. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has described the Israeli siege and blockade on the Gaza Strip as an: "abomination".


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