Capetonians opposed to Israel’s ethnic cleansing, took to the streets in their hundreds today as several protests merged into one demonstration outside of Parliament.
Clad in the colours of the Palestinian flag, protestors fervently chanted slogans of condemnation against Zionist Israel and expressed support for the Palestinian cause. It follows unrest in Jerusalem amid outrage at the attacks on al-Aqsa yesterday and apartheid like evictions of Palestinians families in Shekih Jarrah.
Locally, Marched commenced from District Six’s Hanover Street and from CPUT’S Cape Town Campus. Speaking outside of Parliament, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s martin Jansen says South Africa’s Dirco has not responded adequately to the atrocities committed by Israel. Jansen says more decisive action needs to be taken.
He also shared strong words for western powers, saying they are aiding and supporting the Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people.
Other demonstrators raised calls for South Africa to recall its embassy in Israel and also get rid of Israeli embassy in the country.
A more formal march is expected to take place at the weekend.
Meanwhile, in collaboration between the Muslim Judicial Council and the Al-Quds foundation, another protest is expected to kick off at Muir Street masjid at 10.30 am on Tuesday morning. Co-ordinator Yoonis Allie explained that the transgressions against Palestinians are clear and its important for the public to show their support. Allie says that while people are encouraged to come out in numbers, Covid-19 protocols must be observed. Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained as extensively as possible.
Meanwhile, Israel mobilized thousands of troops under “operation Guardian of the Walls” today, with Israel’s military chief urging preparation for an “indefinite” operation in Gaza.
Devastating scenes played out throughout last night and today, as the unrelenting airstrikes rose the death toll to 28, including nine children, and where more than 150 have been wounded. Two Israeli women were reportedly killed by rockets in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.
Gazas health ministry also called on heightened pressure on Israel to keep the Beit Hanoun crossing open after it was closed by occupation forces in all directions.
Analysts have warned that Israel’s continued violence could provoke a major uprising.