EFF leader, Julius Malema, has pledged his support for Hamas- led resistance in Palestine.
He says should the EFF come into power in 2024, the party will not only arm Hamas, but also remove the Israeli embassy.
Members of the red berets picketed outside the Israeli Consulate on Monday, in solidarity with Palestinians.
More than 5 000 people have lost their lives, so far, as tensions continue to flare in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Malema has urged South Africans to stand with the people of Palestine who, he says, have been abandoned by the international community.
Addressing supporters, he said, the only option Palestinians have right now is to fight.
The Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Eliav Belotserkovsky, was expected to receive the protestors’ memorandum of demands, but he pulled a no-show.
At the back of his silence, Malema re-iterated calls for the boycotting of Israeli goods.
He’s given local companies, including Woolworths and McDonald’s, until the end of the month to remove Israeli products from their shelves.
At the same time, the EFF leader has reiterated his support for the Jewish community, saying his fight is not with all Jews, but with the Zionist-regime.
He’s called on progressive Jews to join efforts for a free Palestine.
South Africa has joined calls for a cease-fire between the warring parties, with President Cyril Ramaphosa pledging Pretoria’s commitment to mediating the conflict. Article by Naomi Kobbie
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Written by: Lindiwe Mabena