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Broad-based boycott needed

Outraged by Israel’s continued bombardment of the Gaza strip, many Palestinian sympathisers both locally and abroad have turned to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, to protest against Israel’s involvement in the conflict. Locally there have been numerous calls for South Africans to boycott Israeli products, currently being sold[…]

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Criminal charges laid against EFF

The Gauteng legislature has laid criminal charges against members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the legislature said on Wednesday. “We have opened charges of trespassing, damage to property, and intimidation,” said Hlengiwe Bhengu, acting secretary to the legislature. The case was opened in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. She said the[…]

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Not known when SA envoy will leave for Israel

It was not known when South Africa’s special envoy would leave for Israel and Palestine, as unrest in the Gaza strip intensifies. “The date has not yet been finalised,” international relations department spokesman Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday. On Tuesday International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced President Jacob Zuma’s intention[…]

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UN: Israel assault in Gaza may be war crime

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay has said, as Israel continued pounding Gaza for a 16th day. Pillay on Wednesday also condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas fighters. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has[…]

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Indian MP force-feeds Muslim man on fast

There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted[…]

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Syria wants objectivity from new UN envoy

Damascus on Wednesday said it welcomes the nomination of Staffan de Mistura as new UN peace envoy, while demanding he show “objectivity and integrity” in pursuing his Syria mission. The Italian-Swedish diplomat was on July 10 named to replace hugely respected Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two[…]

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AWS feeds over 2000

With the 15th edition of the Ahlan Wa Sahlan (AWS) outreach project having concluded this past week in Kalksteenfontein, the organisers behind the popular initiative have praised the community for the positive response shown at all four events throughout the past month. The primary objective of the initiative was to[…]

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‘SA Govt must act on Gaza’

While pro-Palestinian lobby groups in South Africa are satisfied with the ANC’s strong position against Israel’s assault on Gaza, they feel words must be translated into action from national government level. Local Palestinian activists are frustrated that national government has not heeded calls for the Israeli ambassador Arthur Lenk to[…]

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SAfricans in Al Aqsa okay

A South African observing itikaaf in Masjidul Aqsa in Jerusalem says there is no truth to rumours that Capetonians have been killed at the sacred site. VOC News received unconfirmed reports that musallees from Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain who are currently in Masjidul Aqsa have been killed in violence. The[…]

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What does it mean to be a Palestinian father?

  This was written by Nazmi Al-Masri, a father from Gaza. Almost no Palestinian in Gaza have slept well over the last two weeks, especially parents who care about their children’s mental, psychological and physical safety. I am one of these parents who have five sons and one girl. To[…]

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