Flying a Hezbollah flag, carrying placards and chanting anti-"Israel" slurs, South Africa's second- largest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, marched against the "Israeli" entity on Thursday in protest of the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
About 800 EFF supporters marched to the "Israeli" Embassy in the country's capital Tshwane (formerly Pretoria), dressed in their traditional red overalls and red berets.
Others wore T-shirts with the slogan "Free Palestine," and carried banners that read: "One democratic Palestine for all" and "End ‘Israel's' ethnic cleansing."
As the crowd arrived, EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, shouted: "Benjamin Netanyahu run...Zionists run... Away with the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, away!" "‘Israel' [today] is not the same as the ‘Israel' in the Bible," Ndlozi told the crowd. "It is using that name to continue murdering the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and we are not going to allow that... because we are internationalists."
"Nobody is going to quote verses and scriptures to us here," he continued, "trying to mislead us that everywhere in the world people must accept the Bible and give away their land. It is not going to happen. The Palestinians have the right to belong to their land which is Palestine. We make no apology about that."
Taking the stage to loud cheers outside the "Israeli" Embassy, party leader Julius Malema said: "We are not with Palestine when it's fashionable. We will always carry their flag; we know that what ‘Israel' is doing to Palestine is wrong."
"The same effort that was used to fight the apartheid regime must be applied in freeing the people of Palestine. The freedom of South Africa means nothing if people in other parts of the world are still oppressed," he said.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team