By Staff Reporter
In a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, government says it is concerned about the wanton killing of vulnerable groups in Palestine, particular, old men, women, and children.
It also denounced rocket attacks on Israeli cities. Government has called on the two countries to exercise restraint. The government strongly called on all sides to refrain from responding to violence with violence. The department says a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict lies in genuine negotiations.
Angry protestors also gathered in South Africa to denounce Israel’s continued bombardment of occupied Palestine. They want Pretoria to take the strongest action ever against Tel Aviv, by expelling the Israeli Ambassador.
They say South Africans are indebted to the Palestinians, who fought side by side with them during the liberation struggle. The campaign organiser, Professor Farid Esack says they are calling for the expelling of Israeli Ambassador from SA and the recalling of the SA Ambassador in Israel.
The ANC, South African Communist Party and Congress of the South African Trade Unions joined the chorus of condemnation. Cosatu secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi says the holocaust in Palestine cannot be tolerated anymore.
The Israeli Embassy in Pretoria could not be reached for comment.