The BDS South Africa Human Rights and Palestinian Solidarity Organization has called on the South African government to promptly implement the declaration and resolution on "Immediate and Unconditional Downgrading of the SA Embassy in Israel", adopted at the recent ANC Congress English: www German: www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…01&Itemid=37 This follows on the assassination of 16 and the injuring of 1,500 Palestinians, including over 150 children, by Israeli forces on Friday, as thousands of Palestinians at one Protest march near the Gaza border to Israel participated
Demonstration, called #GreatReturnMarch, marks the 42nd anniversary of the Land Day.
BDS said in a statement on Saturday the time for action by the South African government, beginning with the downgrading of the SA embassy in Israel, was now more urgent
"Israel must be held accountable for its abuses, and it must have a clear message to the regime!
"Human Rights Watch, Jewish Voi Peace Commissions and the United Nations Secretary General, along with several others, have condemned Israel's recent killing of Palestinian civilians and we urge our government to act decisively", said the organization.
It was dismissed as a "lie" proposals by the so-called Israeli lobby that the Palestinians had died in "confrontations" or "clashes" and that the Palestinians killed were "non-violent, unarmed ( without so-called rockets) in order to protest against the fact that unless they are allowed to return to their former homes ̵
" The Palestinians assemble in the same way our people gathered in Sharpeville in 1960, the Israelis kill our Palestinian counterparts Just as the Apartheid SA government killed our people
The Massacre of Sharpeville, Bisho, Uitenhage Boipatong, in which our people were killed, were also involved in "clashes" and "confrontations," BDS said. It added that it is working urgently with its partner organizations, the MJC, churches, unions and other groups to plan mass actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their six-week campaign #GreatReturnMarch as well as in protest against "this recent Israeli violence ".