The National Education Health & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Wednesday joined the chorus of condemnation aimed at Israel over the fatal shooting of more than 50 Palestinians in Gaza, as they protested against the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
On Monday – the day the US embassy in the capital opened – Israeli soldiers fired at Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border fence, killing men, women, and children. Many others were injured by gunfire.
While the US has come out in defence of its ally Israel, many other countries have condemned the “disproportionate use of force”. South Africa and Turkey have withdrawn their ambassadors to Israel in protest.
Some 128 countries back the UN resolution that condemns Trump’s administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, Nehawu said it “condemns the cold-blooded execution” of Palestinians by “apartheid Israel”.
“The national union welcomes the recall of the South African ambassador from Israel, however, we also demand that our government kicks the Israeli ambassador out of our country,” said the statement.
“We will work with our ally Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions South Africa [BDS-SA] and other fraternal organisations to intensify mass actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people in protest against this most recent Israeli criminal violence.
“As Nehawu, we support the call for an inquiry into the bloodshed. Apartheid Israel must account for the loss of innocent lives.”