Thousands of people joined a mass pro-Palestine protest march in Cape Town CBD in support of Palestine. [Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency]
Now is the best time to act, if there’s ever going to be joint international action to address the root causes of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to Dr. Ebrahim Harvey.
Dr. Ebrahim Harvey, who is political writer and analyst, as well as a former COSATU trade unionist, told Salaamedia that he believes the fresh wave of pro-Palestine protests around the world makes the situation ripe for joint international action. He said: “You’ve never seen that spontaneous protests around the world in the light of what Israel did in Gaza.”
Large crowds of activists and ordinary people have flooded the streets in major cities locally and abroad to call for an end to the long-standing conflict between Palestine and Israel, following deadly attacks by Israel. The attacks ended last week after a cease-fire came into effect. 254 Palestinians, including 39 women and 66 children were killed, the Gaza-based Palestinian Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
Activists have been calling for the international community to take action against the Israeli regime. This includes renewed calls for a boycott of Israeli products.
“The destruction that we see would never have occurred was it not that they are so fully aware of the support – almost
unconditional support – that the United States has given Israel over the years,” said Dr. Harvey.
Dr. Harvey explained that global solidarity is important in the fight against illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, saying that it played a large role in the destruction of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Julie Allie spoke to Dr. Ebrahim Harvey, a political writer and analyst, on News & Views. Watch the full interview here: