Zuma discusses Palestine with organisations

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma met representatives of civil society, trade unions, and the ANC Youth League to discuss support for Palestine, lobby group Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) SA said on Thursday.

"The 90 minute meeting on Palestine was convened in response to growing protests by South African civil society across the country including a recent 9th August 150 000 person strong protest march in Cape Town," BDS SA's Muhammed Desai said in a statement.

"In the meeting with the president we expressed what the hundreds of thousands of South Africans want our government to do in support of the Palestinians."

The meeting was held at Zuma's official residence Genadendal in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Representatives of the National Coalition 4 Palestine, BDS SA, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the African National Congress Youth League, People Against Suffering and Oppression, Young Communist League of SA, University of Cape Town Students Representative Council, Minara Chamber of Commerce, Kairos Southern Africa, Muslim Judicial Council, and StopTheJNF were present.

The group called for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel.

They also reiterated the call for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from Pretoria.

"During the meeting President Jacob Zuma listened carefully to all the views presented by the various organisations and indicated a willingness to engage.

"The president explained the role South Africa is trying to play diplomatically while also acknowledging and considering our demands and not dismissing them."

Desai said Zuma was willing to work with the group towards finding a long-term solution

The group would have another meeting with Zuma in a week's time.

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Eckhart Piprek 2014/08/21 07:09:31 PM
Nice. Now pay back the money owing for Nkandla. Then go to jail.
proudlysa 2014/08/21 07:09:57 PM
Zuma will "apply his mind" and appoint a commission. Don't hold your breath, it might take a while
Idris Suleman 2014/08/21 07:54:51 PM
You've earned my respect on this one President Zuma
Aldrin 2014/08/21 07:58:30 PM
Nothing you say Mr. Zuma will take our minds away from Nkandla. Pay back the money. I hope you have sleepless nights.
Lukas Ekisjouvaader 2014/08/21 08:02:41 PM
"In the meeting with the president we expressed what the hundreds of thousands of South Africans want our government to do in support of the Palestinians." - Count me out - by the way Desai, where are you from exactly?
Johan Connoway 2014/08/21 08:18:37 PM
Another bad mistake!
Johan Connoway 2014/08/21 08:19:20 PM
Another bad mistake!
criticallyhonest 2014/08/21 09:23:12 PM
Alignment of South Africa with Hamas? Know that Hamas is considered to be a terrorist organisation by several of South Africa's economic partners including USA, European Union and Japan. Not at all good for our failing economy. Failing for sure, despite the response to Moody's recent downgrading.
Pete Cryon 2014/08/21 09:40:07 PM
I bet he has no clue what the Palestine war is all about. I recommend sending a delegation over as soon as possible. I've heard the Palestine army needs extra ballast to enable their missiles to penetrate through the iron dome.
Kevin Marsh 2014/08/22 07:34:27 AM
Do the right thing . Support Israel . Hamas terrorists deserve what they get .