24 April 2013

Protesters ‘intimidate’ South African Jews

From JPost, 17 April 2013, by SAM SOKOL:      

Trade union official: Jews cannot "cry foul" of violence when Israel "murders and occupies."

Palestian and Israeli supporters argue in Durban, South Africa 2001
Palestian and Israeli supporters argue in Durban, South Africa 2001 Photo: Reuters (file)
The South African Zionist Federation complained of “intimidation” and a “violent assault” by protesters affiliated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) against the Jewish community during its Independence Day celebrations at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City amusement park.
The protesters “threw stink bombs into the audience, attacked and injured an elderly woman and forced themselves onto the stage, where they attempted to attack the performers,” the SAZF said in a statement, explaining that it views such actions as “blatantly infringing [upon] the right of the Jewish community to celebrate its culture and heritage.”
The SAZF addressed a formal complaint to the police, which they say are considering “appropriate charges.”
“It has become a typical ploy of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in South Africa to provoke ugly confrontations and then falsely claim to have been victimized,” the organization added.
In response to the SAZF’s complaints, COSATU’s international relations secretary Bongani Masuku told The Jerusalem Post, "They celebrate in South Africa, but murder, occupy and brutalize in Palestine..." ...