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EFF joins SA Israeli ambassador expulsion calls

Magdalene Moonsamy said they also support calls for a boycott of Israel by the SA government.

A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike on Gaza on July 7, 2014. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) joined calls by the ANC and several other organisations for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from South Africa and the recalling of South Africa's diplomat in Tel Aviv.

The calls follow five days of intense fighting on the Gaza Israeli border which has seen more than 120 Palestinians killed in rocket strikes.

The Israeli defense force also intercepted dozens of rockets fired from Gaza by members of Hamas.

The EFF's head of international affairs Magdalene Moonsamy said they also support calls for a boycott of Israel by the government.

"There must be a boycott and sanctions until a resolution is reached in Palestine."

CEASEFIRE DRAFT DRAWN

An initial draft of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has been drawn up by Arab countries and presented to both sides.

But neither Israel nor Hamas seems willing so far to budge and both insist the other must stop its offensive first.

Hamas is demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners who were freed and then re-arrested after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month.

They are also demanding the release of senior Hamas members and an easing of Israel's blockade on the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

But despite these demands Hamas is so far refusing to discuss the terms of a cease-fire.

Analysts talking to Eyewitness News say the organisation is looking to show itself as victorious to the Palestinian public.

And the best way to do this is to rain rockets down on Israel.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu also wants to win points and is vowing he won't stop with his offensive until he's satisfied Hamas' military infrastructure has been eliminated.

Israel has though expressed its willingness to meet to discuss the details of the deal being proposed by the Arab states.

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