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7 August 2014

The Media Review Network (MRN) is pleased to announce the formation of a mass based South African movement in solidarity with Palestine.

Modeled on the historic mass movement of the ’80s to challenge and overcome severe oppression and unjust racist policies of the apartheid regime, the exciting launch of the National Coalition For Palestine, NC4P, holds similar potential as the UDF to move mountains.

The MRN welcomes this initiative by a broad range of organisations that include groups spanning the entire spectrum of South Africa’s civil society, including trade unions, political parties, religious formations, youth movements, artists and human rights activists.

We are at the threshold of a dynamic realignment of mass movements that share a common vision and single minded determination to propel South Africa to chart its foreign policy imperatives informed by values of justice and equality.

The planned 100,000 thousand march in Cape Town will see an assembly of masses from all parts of the country proclaiming loudly in a single voice that expediency – whether political or economical – cannot ever be a substitute for justice!

Leaders of the mass movement for Palestine’s legitimate demands will echo the cries of Gaza’s besieged population who faced devastating murderous military aggression by a rogue regime who believes that its catalogue of horror is untouchable.

We at MRN are confident that the formation of the NC4P and its programme of events, including the formal adoption of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, BDS, as a key tool to spur mass mobilisation, will ultimately lead to isolation of Israel.

We hail the leaders of the various formations for responding swiftly and for mobilising their respective constituencies. It is a testament of the vibrancy of civil society and their passion for human rights and justice.

Issued by:
Iqbal Jassat
Executive: Media Review Network

Iqbal Jassat

Iqbal Jassat is an acclaimed writer, analyst and commentator and one of the founder members of MRN. His analysis is featured regularly in mainstream and alternate media outlets around the world.