Tuesday, June 26, 2012

S. African party protests ‘Made in Israel’ warning

PRETORIA – A South African opposition party is organizing two marches on Thursday to protest against the government’s latest moves against Israel.
The African Christian Democratic Party’s call to demonstrate came after Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies’s proposal a few weeks ago to label imports from Israel originating in the West Bank as “Made in Israel.”

Pro-Palestinian NGO Open Shuhada Street and Palestinian groups in South Africa had lobbied for the proposal, alleging that certain products such as cosmetics, soft drinks and technology were being falsely labeled as having been produced in Israel, when they had actually originated in “occupied Palestine.”
Last week, ACDP president Rev. Kenneth Meshoe opposed Davies’s proposal, stating that the entire notion was flawed and based on allegations that cannot be proven.
He further stated that there is no such state as occupied Palestine: “I am disputing that the Palestinian territories are not legally and officially recognized in the world.”
Meshoe then accused the South African government of being misleading and unfair toward Israel, demanding that the Jewish state be treated “like any other country.”


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