S. African Workers Boycott Israeli Goods

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CBNNews.com - SOUTH AFRICA - The South African dock workers union announced that it would no longer unload Israeli goods at the country's ports.

Randall Howard, general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), said workers were determined to express their solidarity with the Palestinians.

"The historic and heroic struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination…is a struggle that SATAWU supports," the general secretary said.

"If it's an Israeli product, we're going to boycott it, plain and simple," he said.

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman called the boycott "very sad."

"The union doesn't have the faintest idea about the situation in the Middle East," he said.

"It's taking a step that harms Israelis and Palestinians alike. Part of the exports on Israeli ships is Palestinian exports," he said.

"This is not the behavior one expects in an organized, respectable country," he added.

"What do they expect to convince us of? This situation is a test for South Africa's leadership," the spokesman concluded.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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