PASSOP slams Israel

Rights group PASSOP wants South Africa to stand up to the Israeli government.

Refugees march in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Refugee rights group People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) wants the South African government to join the fight against the oppression of African people in Israel.

Several activists and refugees protested outside the Western Cape Legislature on Thursday, to raise awareness about the recent violent attacks against African immigrants in Israel.

According to reports, about around 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Tel Aviv in recent weeks, targeting immigrants' vehicles, shops and homes.

Meanwhile, the Israeli government is speeding up the process to have thousands of refugees deported.

Passop's Braam Hanekom said the xenophobic attacks are unacceptable.

"We are extremely concerned that in Israel xenophobic violence happened. We are even more concerned that political leadership did not go out of its way to make sure that they approach issues of foreign nationals with sensitivity."

Hanekom further added: "The leadership of Israel went on to say that black African immigrants are destroying the Jewish nation of Israel, that they are poisoning the Jewish trade of Israel. We don't accept that."