BDS: Protest outside Pharrell concert a success

About 2,000 people participated BDS protest outside GrandWest Casino last night.

About 2,000 people participated in the BDS protest outside GrandWest Casino last night. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Pro-Palestinian protesters at Woolworths' Pharrell Williams concert have warned other retailers against trading with Israel.

About 2,000 people participated in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) demonstration outside GrandWest casino last night.

The Pro-Palestinian organisation has criticised Woolworths for trading with Israel and Williams for collaborating with the retailer.

BDS says the demonstration was a success despite falling very short of the 16,000 protestors organisers had hoped for.

Spokesperson Kwara Kekana explains why they are campaigning against Woolworths' creative partnership with Pharrell.

"Pharrell is targeted for two reasons; because of his collaboration with Woolworths and the fact that Woolworths trades with Israeli agricultural export companies."

BDS says by collaborating with Woolworths, the Grammy winning musician is condoning human rights violations.

The Commercial Catering and Allied Workers' Union says it will support BDS in action against other retailers with Israeli trade ties.

A police nyala and several police vehicles were on guard at the entrance to GrandWest Casino as anti-Pharrell Williams protesters sung and danced a few metres away.

Members of the ANC and the EFF also joined the demonstration.

BDS says Williams's decision to partner with the retailer means he supports alleged human rights violations in Israel.

Williams is also expected to perform in Johannesburg on Thursday.