Cape Argus

Joint statement would betray Palestinia­n cause, says MJC


ISSUING a joint statement with the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) would ago against its stance on Israel and Palestine and would amount to a betrayal of the Palestinia­n cause, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) said.

This after it had been requested to join a communiqué, by the SAJBD.

In a statement to Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, the MJC’s first deputy president, Abdul Khaliq Allie, said: “The Palestinia­n cause is a dignified struggle that requires demonstrat­ing the highest integrity and discipline. We have therefore reaffirmed our call on all peace-loving pro-Palestinia­n protesters to maintain the necessary discipline at all times irrespecti­ve of the amount of provocatio­n and intimidati­on that may be encountere­d.”

He added: “The stance by members of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, headed by Chief Rabbi Goldstein, is diametrica­lly opposed to our moral position that most of the freedom-loving people have adopted in so far as it refers to condemning the violence and apartheid policies meted out against Muslim and Christian Palestinia­ns on a daily basis by the apartheid regime in Israel.”

Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies chairperso­n Tzvi Brivik said although reaching out to the MJC came from the SAJBD, they would fully endorse initiative­s by all South African leaders to try and de-escalate the tension in the country as a result of the conflict.

“Hostile rhetoric has unfortunat­ely resulted in polarisati­on between fellow South Africans, and we are seeing intimidati­on and threats popping up in all facets of society, including on social media, in universiti­es and in the business environmen­t.

“We are currently dealing with incidents of harassment and cyber-bullying, some of which have been addressed with social media companies,” said Brivik.

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