Latest News — 16 Jul 2014

MEDIA STATEMENT

S.A ACTION ON ISRAEL AND PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is calling on the South African government to take a further step in their reaction to Israel’s bombardment of Palestinians in some parts of Gaza. The organisation believes the government should exert diplomatic pressure on Israel until such a time that the rocket attacks halt. The killing of some 204 innocent people by Israel in their much publicised Operation Protective Edge has derailed the original plans of stopping attacks in their own country. We throw our weight behind the many organisations including the BDS in their efforts to secure peace in the Gaza strip.

The union has noted reports in the media that South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel, we welcome these news. We however feel that more drastic action needs to be taken including the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to South Africa. When we experienced what Palestinians are going through during the apartheid tenure, it was solidarity efforts from the world’s many nations that aided our suffering. POPCRU therefore believes it is the prerogative of all South Africans to stand by Palestinians in their time of sorrow and apply whatever means of pressure to the Israeli government until they stop attacking innocent civilians in Gaza.

POPCRU condemns in the strongest terms the killings and assault of Palestinians and hopes that more organisations and nations will call for peace between the Middle Eastern countries.

Issued by POPCRU on 16/07/2014

For more information contact;

Theto Mahlakoana
POPCRU Spokesperson
Tel: 011 242 4615
Cell: 076 851 8884
E-mail: thetom@popcru.org.za

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