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Malema: We will fight for Palestine

Malema joined a pro-Palestinian protest in Pretoria on Friday to highlight the plight of Palestinians.

Thousands of people joined a pro-Palestinian march to the Israeli embassy in Pretoria, 25 July 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBRUG - Economic Freedom Fighters ( EFF) leader Julius Malema has likened the conflict in the Middle East to apartheid, saying the atrocities should not go unchallenged.

He says South Africa needs to take stern action against Israeli authorities in the country.

"Freedom of Palestine represents the complete freedom of people in South Africa. Our freedom is incomplete as long as the people of Palestine are not free.

"We are going to fight for our people in Palestine until they attain their freedom."

The EFF on Friday joined thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters in a march to the Embassy of Israel in Pretoria.

Demonstrators gathered to protest against the ongoing violence on the Gaza Strip.

Before embarking on the march, scores of protesters wearing all black and white clothes were seated on the lawn at a park near to the embassy, joining each other in prayer.

From the outside, the embassy appeared to be closed for business and the Israeli ambassador declined to accept a memorandum from the protesters.

The embassy, which is situated in Lynwood, is guarded by a large contingent of police officers.

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 3,000 injured in the ongoing Israeli Defence Force operation that began three weeks ago.

Rocket attacks by Hamas on Israeli territory led the Jewish state to respond with airstrikes and a full-scale ground operation.

As of Wednesday, 35 Israelis died in the conflict.

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