Cosatu calls Gaza violence barbaric


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said the International Relations Department made the right call, when it withdrew the country’s Ambassador to Israel on Monday night.

Cosatu said Palestinian children were massacred on Monday, adding that South Africa was left with no choice but to take a stance on this matter.

“Cosatu is extremely horrified by the unbelievable barbarism of Israel against the Palestinian people. The ruthless massacre of innocent children, women and ordinary Palestinians in Gaza represents the continuation of the colonial, apartheid and racist policy of occupation against the Palestinians,” said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla on Tuesday.

“The genocidal attacks by the Israeli Defence Force in Gaza and the simultaneous recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, are a gross violation of International law and the intensification of the occupation.

“Cosatu has and continues to be vocal against the apartheid rule of Israel, supported by the US in its brutal annexation of lands of other people; from the Golan Heights in Syria to the whole of Palestine to Lebanon,” added Pamla.

“We firmly welcome and support the South African government for acting decisively and recalling our Ambassador to Israel by our government led by the ANC, with immediate effect, as an expression of both outrage and solidarity to isolate the apartheid state of Israel. We call on all other countries, particularly BRICS, G77, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and AU member states to also isolate the colonial occupying state of Israel.”