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But it is also vital to be aware of the climate of threat and hate being whipped up in South Africa. So please continue reading after you have read Dr Melmed’s communique. Ignorance is not bliss forever, and we Jews in the Diaspora will require the same courage and steadfastness as our Israeli brothers and sisters. We reject outright and unconditionally the manufactured rage and false accusations by both the YCLSA (Young Communist League of South Africa) and COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) and call on all informed and fair South Africans, irrespective of colour or religion, to stand by Israel at this time and to pray for their success. I hope and trust that Cape Town will hold its own rally in support of Israel in defiance of the belligerent intimidation employed by both the YCLSA and COSATU. We will not be silenced.
The Young Communist League (uFasimba) is horrified at the South African Zionist rally planned for next week Sunday 27July 2014 in solidarity with the murderous Israeli Defence Force (IDF).
The planned rally evokes images of Nazi Germany and its many supporters who gathered to cheer Hitler and the army on as they wrought death and destruction throughout Europe. South African Zionists have objected to Israel being compared to the Nazi regime which killed millions of Jews. We advise Zionists to stop the mass murder of Palestinians if they want to avoid the comparisons to Nazis.
More than 558 Palestinians have been killed since Israel targeted Gaza earlier this month, an estimated 80% of the deaths have been civilians, including 48 children. We can only imagine what the death toll will be when Israeli supporters hold their rally next week Sunday.
The rally being held by apartheid Israel supporters demands people bring their ID books and “right of admission is reserved”. This must be the first rally in South Africa’s history that people have to bring their ID books along. Will Muslims and Africans be barred entry to the rally as we’ve seen the South African Jewish Board of Deputies do previously?
We also object to black people, we hear who are being rented by Zionists for purposes of their rally. South African Zionists and Israel itself supported the apartheid regime in South Africana and used their economic and military might to prolong it. Zionists will bus black people to their rally defending the murder of hundreds of innocent people, in the hope black faces will be the fig leaf for their racism and elitism.
The rally ominously plans to “stop the ANC hostility against Israel”. We warn the South African Jewish Board of Deputies working together with the South African Zionist Federation, to stop the attacks on our ANC for taking a principled position on Israeli war crimes. The SAJBD and SAZF opposed the fight for liberation of South Africa by the ANC. Today the same racist organisations are attacking the ANC for struggling in solidarity for the liberation of Palestine.
We congratulate the 52 leading South African Jews who signed a letter on the Cape Times front page on Friday 18 July, calling on our government to expel the Israeli ambassador and decrying the aggression directed at Palestinians citizens of Gaza. Brave whites stood up and defied the apartheid regime in South Africa, brave Jews, today are standing against Zionism and its evil atrocities.
Statement issued by Khaya Xaba, YCLSA National Spokesperson, July 22 2014