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South Africa: Ruling party ANC calls for Israëli Ambassador to immediatly leave South Africa

Wednesday 23 July 2014, by siawi3

Source: BDS, JULY 21 2014

BIG NEWS: S.AFRICA’S RULING ANC IN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO IMMEDIATLY LEAVE SOUTH AFRICA

Following nationwide protests across South Africa against the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza (Israel has killed over 400 Palestinians including 100 children in the last 10 days) the ANC in Parliament has called for the Israeli ambassador in South Africa to leave with immediate effect. The ANC must implement this and the decision to recall the South African Ambassador from Tel Aviv with urgency. Click here for the full statement on Gaza released by ANC Chief Whip in Parliament, Stone Sizani MP.

The virtual entirety of South African political and civil society is calling for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador from South Africa from the ANC (click here) to the Economic Freedom Fighters (click here), ANC Youth League (click here), Young Communist League (click here), COSATU (click here), NUMSA (click here), Nehawu, the Christian Faith Based Kairos Southern Africa (click here), MJC, Jamiat Ulama, National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Click here), 72 Leading South African Jews (click here), anti-apartheid stalwarts including Ahmed Kathrda, Ronnie Kasrils (click here) and various others are all calling on our Government to expel the Israeli Ambassador as a form of diplomatic protest against the wanton killing of Palestinians. See below for latest Israeli massacre conducted on Sunday morning in one of the poorest and most crowded neighborhoods of Gaza, the neighborhood of Shejaiya.

Our South African Government must show leadership, take decisive action and move beyond words. Its time for our South African Government to join the progressive countries and leaders of the world (see alongside). Its time to send a clear message to Israel that its violations of international law and what it is doing in the Palestinian Gaza Strip is unacceptable. Its time to #ExpelIsraeliAmbassador. Play your part by communicating this to all structures of government - councilours, mayors, premiers, ministers and all other officials because our government, on this issue and on the call for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador, has the support from virtually the entirety of South African civil society.

THE NATION MAGAZINE: ISRAEL KILLS OVER 60 PALESTINIANS IN SHEJAIYA MASSACRE ON SUNDAY MORNING (20 JULY 2014)

WARNING SENSITIVE IMAGES:
Click here for photos from yesterday’s Israeli massacre in Shejaiya (Palestinian Gaza Strip)

Sky News, The Nation Magazine and various other news agencies are terming the recent Sunday morning (20 July) Israeli assault on the Palestinian neighborhood of Shejaiya a massacre. Shejaiya is one of the poorest and most crowded neighborhoods in the Palestinian Gaza Strip

On Sunday morning Israel shelled and bombed Shejaiya killing over 60 Palestinians, including 12 children. Among the dead were a paramedic and a journalist. An article published in today’s Nation Magazine starts with this chilling paragraph:

“Two small bodies lie on the metal table inside the morgue at Gaza’s Shifa hospital. Omama is nine years old. Her right forearm is mangled and charred and the top half of her skull has been smashed in. Beside her lies her seven year-old brother. His name is not certain. It might be Hamza or it might be Khalil. Relatives are having trouble identifying him because his head has been shorn off. Their parents will not mourn them—because they are dead too.”

Click here for the full Nation Magazine article on yesterday’s Shejaiya massacre and click here to go the the online publication, Electronic Intifada for photos from Shejaiya (warning, sensitive images).