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‘Gaza Docket may set a precedent’

While the Gaza Docket has been in rotation for nearly five years now, Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) advocate Yousha Tayoub says there is still a long way to go before the South Africans identified as having aided Israel during Operation Cast Lead can be brought before the country’s justice system.[…]

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Patient influx at AIF Gaza hospital

The Al Imdaad Foundation (AIF) reports that its hospital in Gaza has been at the forefrunt of providing medical assistance to Palestinians caught in the attacks by Israel. Initially the hospital was an all female health care centre however, since Israel’s offensive, it has opened its doors to all Palestinians.[…]

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NC4P calls for Israeli ambassadors expulsion

The National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) has issued a call for the immediate expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, following the states nearly four week military operation on the Gaza Strip. Nearly 1200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed as a result of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. In[…]

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SABC coverage on Gaza concerning: Samnet

The South African Muslim Network (Samnet) has commended the media and online coverage of the recent conflict in Gaza, describing it as contrastingly different to the coverage received during the 2009 and 2012 outbreaks in the region. This comes despite an intensive ‘hasbara’ campaign by Israel, aimed at spreading positive[…]

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Thousands gather to witness moon sighting

Braving wintery conditions at Sea Points iconic Three Anchor Bay, the Muslim community came out in there thousands in the hopes of catching just a brief glimpse of the new moon that would indicate the end of Ramadan. Despite the air of excitement and anticipation, bad weather conditions meant that[…]

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Eid on Monday

While the new moon was not sighted at Three Anchor Bay on Sunday, the Crescent Observers Society (COS) announced that it was sighted elsewhere in South Africa. This means Eid ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Monday, which is the 1st Shawaal 1435. ‘Die Maankykers’ spent over an hour observing the[…]

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Kids Ramadan project ends

VOC’s annual Kiddies Ramadan Project handing over ceremony saw a full house at Garlendale Madressa complex on Saturday. Parents and grandparents accompanied their children to the event, who were handed certificates for completing the project list. All were warmly welcomed by VOC presenter Ayesha Laatoe. Children and Parents alike were[…]

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Local NGO’s deliver aid to Palestine

The Friends of Al Aqsa South Africa in conjunction with Nakhlistan chanced their way through and managed to distribute numerous food parcels in Gaza. The organisations recognise the difficulty of getting into Palestine during this time, however, they have already managed to feed hundreds of families. Nakhlistan public relations officer[…]

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Moon unlikely to be sighted: COS

Sunday 27th July may mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Cape Town Muslims. And while the Crescent Observers Society prepares to sight the moon at Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point they say conditions must be just right to judge the end of Ramadan and the[…]

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MAD campaign concludes

There was much hype at Ottery Hypermarket on Friday as VOC bid farewell to its annual Make A Difference (MAD) campaign. It was the grand finale to four weeks of heartfelt letters and emotional surprises on air, for the string of beneficiaries who formed part of the project this year.[…]

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