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Cosas gets 'pig headed' in Woolworths boycott

Members placed pig heads in the kosher section of a Woolies store in Sea Point.

A Cosas member places a pig head in the kosher section of Woolworths in Sea Point. Picture: Twitter @ANC_BRANCH.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Board of Jewish Deputies (SAJBD) says that the actions of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) who placed the head of a pig in the kosher meat section of a Woolworths store amounts to a hate crime.

"Disregarding all standards of basic decency, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) today chose to send an ugly message to the Jewish community of South Africa. This morning, as a protest against Woolworths for stocking Israeli products, COSAS members in Cape Town deposited a pig's head in the kosher meat section of a Woolworths food store," says the SAJBD.

"A press statement issued by COSAS Western Cape chairperson Siphakamise Ngxowa, inter alia declared that Cosas "will not allow people who will not eat pork to pretend that they are eating clean meat, when it is sold by hands dripping with the blood of Palestinian children".

The SAJBD adds it is is appalled by this hate-filled demonstration.

"The SAJBD regards this incident as a hate crime and is investigating its options regarding taking the matter further," it states.

This morning Cosas invaded a Woolworths in Sea Point Cape Town, armed with a pig's head, in what they claim is a bid to support the Boycott Disinvest and Sanction Movement (BDS)."

BDS seeks to pressurise Israel to change its policies concerning Palestine through economic sanctions.

What does racist @SAJBD say about @WOOLWORTHS_SA pigs. The pigs heads &hooves turning up in sea point, where next? pic.twitter.com/vmyEFaexh6

The organisation also issued a statement in which it expressed it's 'disgust' with Woolworths.

Spokesperson Siphakamise Ngxowa says the retail group still stocks products from Israel and therefore they have blood on their hands.

The statement adds, "It is unacceptable that people, especially those who claim to believe in God to buy products from supporters of Israel. We will not allow people who will not eat pork, to pretend that they are eating clean meat, when it is sold by hands dripping with the blood of Palestinian children."

The tactics used by Cosas have elicited quite a reaction on Twitter.

" @ANC_BRANCH: Pigs heads delivered @Kosher &Halaal sections of @WOOLWORTHS_SA #BoycottWoolworths pic.twitter.com/kHnr4CxAst" WTF?!?!?

@ANC_BRANCH @RoyTopol @kosher @WOOLWORTHS_SA targeting kosher food is nothing but antisemitism, pw botha would be proud of you

@ANC_BRANCH @kosher @WOOLWORTHS_SA Yes, just like they place the rat amongst the food! This is disgusting. Woolworths has my support!

@ANC_BRANCH it will be nice if COSAS would focus on the issurs that are much related to them as learners and stop with this @WOOLWORTHS_SA

But I do think it is shocking that some people are more angered by COSAS action than @WOOLWORTHS_SA supporting apartheid Israel.

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