National Coalition for Palestine: EFF standing up for rights of Palestinians

The red berets will picket outside the embassy in solidarity with Palestinians.

FILE: EFF members at Church Square in Pretoria. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police are closely monitoring a march by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Pretoria.

EFF members have gathered at Church Square and are due to march to the Israeli embassy.

Several roads in the capital will be closed off to traffic.

The red berets will picket outside the embassy in solidarity with Palestinians.

The police’s Mathapelo Peters says: “Police expect that the organisers of the march will abide by rules as per the approval. Deployment measures are and will remain in place for as long as the need exist and the presence of the Saps.”

Meanwhile, the National Coalition for Palestine says that the EFF’s march on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration sends a strong message that the Palestinian crisis must be resolved urgently.

A hundred years ago on this day, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour promised the Zionist Movement that his government would consider the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

The declaration is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world.

NC4P’s Reverend Edwin Arrison says that they sent a letter to the EFF expressing solidarity with the party for the march.

“I think it’s very courageous for them to do it and they are the one party that’s standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, so we really welcome it and we thank them for organising the march today.”