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South Africans have been urged to take part in a banner campaign to increase consciousness on the atrocities in Gaza. The campaign has been started by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) in South Africa as a means to garner support for the Palestinian cause.

Ordinary citizens can take paint a banner and print a Palestinian logo with the hashtags #GazaUnderAttack and #ExpelIsraeliAmbassador. Choose a bridge that is over a busy highway, then pick a peak hour traffic time and hang the banner over the bridge to draw attention of passing traffic.

To download the logo, click or get one from BDS South Africa offices by calling 011-403 2097.

“We ask the public to send details of their banner drop so we can add it online to our FaceBook events page, or to tweet us. Also send us your photos or videos,” said BDS spokesperson Mohammed Desai.

Desai also urged South Africans to dedicate the upcoming Nelson Mandela day on 18th July to the Palestinian people by holding a minute of silence in honour of those killed in the recent violence and for those fighting for their freedom.

“Nelson Mandela was a very close ally of the Palestinian people so we think it is very fitting to use this day to raise awareness on the Palestinian struggle.”

MEanwhile onn Friday, members of BDS SA and other pro-Palestinian activists picketed outside the Department of International Relations in Pretoria. Cosatu  general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi also joined the 500 strong crowd.  Protesters handed a memorandum with a number of demands for DIRCO to:

-Immediately recall the South African Ambassador in Tel Aviv;

-Immediately expel the Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk From South Africa;

-Heed Palestinian civil society’s — as well as Amnesty International’s — call for a full military embargo on Israel.

-Implement the decisions of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference in Durban in 2006 to:

a. ban all products of Israeli companies operating in the occupied Palestinian territory, and

b. ban entry of Israeli settlers into South Africa

-Hold South Africans who have enlisted in the Israeli occupation army accountable to legal prosecution, in accordance with South African laws.

-Immediately act on the Gaza Docket currently lodged with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) which names several South Africans who served in the previous Israeli massacre in Gaza in 2009.

-Issue guidelines to South African citizens and businesses, in line with but hopefully with a higher ceiling than, the guidelines that have been issued by 17 European governments, including Germany, to discourage any support for Israel’s occupation and illegal colonies.

-Adopt ethical and international law guidelines that exclude international corporations complicit in Israeli

BDS branches around the world have launched similar protest action in their countries to call on authorities to act severely against the Zionist state. Global attention has been fixed on the Gaza Strip as it faces a barrage of military air strikes by the Israeli army. 100 people have been killed over the past four days, with scores more injured. VOC

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