Pro-Palestinian protest expected in JHB

The protest will take place outside the Israeli embassy's trade office in Sandton.

FILE: Pro-Palestinian protersters marched through the streets of Cape Town in support of the Palestinian nation on 16 July 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As Israeli military forces launched a large-scale ground campaign in Gaza, pro-Palestinian group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) has organised another protest against the conflict.

The protest is set to take place outside the Israeli embassy's trade office in Sandton on Friday.

The protest aims to put pressure on government to boycott Israeli products in light of what BDS says is ongoing human rights violations in the Middle East.

The group's Kwara Kekana says the protest also seeks to put pressure on government to expel the Israeli ambassador.

"We also want the South African ambassador in Israel to come back home."

The protest comes as the country marks Mandela Day.

Kekana says Mandela was an outspoken supporter of the Palestinian people and she hopes South Africans will use their 67 minutes to follow in his footsteps.

"Mandela has spoken very fondly of Palestine before and if you recall, he made a very bold statement saying 'our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of Palestine'."

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the protest.

Earlier this week, thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters marched to parliament in Cape Town.