South Africa: IFP and ACDP to March Against DTI's Anti-Israel Stance

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The flag of Israel: The Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, which includes West Bank and Gaza, is seen as the foremost obstacle to peace in the region.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) will express their concern about the anti-Israel stance inherent in a General Notice signed by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry (DTI), during a protest march in Pretoria tomorrow.

The two parties join a number of Jewish and pro-Israeli groups who are concerned that this Notice will associate the South African Government with the anti-Israel lobby group, Open Shuhada Street, whose aim is to see a total boycott on products from Israel, and ultimately the advancement of repeated calls by the Iranian Government to annihilate Israel.

The IFP has always advocated the two-state solution in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. We are of the opinion that any move by the South African Government should attempt to contribute towards a peaceful resolution to this very complicated conflict, and should not be seen to further exacerbate the conflict.

Details of the march are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2012

Time: 10.45

Venue: March which will start at the Pretoria Art Museum in Wessels Street, Pretoria, and will end at the offices of the Department of Trade and Industry in Meintjies Street, Pretoria.

Please note that concerned citizens who disagree with the General Notice should submit their comments to the DTI before Monday, 9 July. Comments should be forwarded to Ntutuzelo Vananda via email, at NVananda@dti.gov.za.

Press Officer to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, on 082 729 2510.

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