1) 24hr Overnight Vigil
Starting: 20h00, Tuesday 01 June 2010
Culminating: 18h00 - 20h00, Wednesday 02 June
Venue: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria)
Contact: / 082 660 0723 / 084 211 9988

2) Mass Meeting For Gaza
When: Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Baitun Noor Hall, Lenasia

3) Al-Qud’s March
When: Thursday, 3 June 2010
Time: 11:00am
Where: Kaizergracht Street, Cape Town (opposite Cape Technikon)

4) Mass Solidarity Action - Meeting of the Action Group on Palestine and Banner Painting / Placard Demonstration- Phansi Apartheid Israel Campaign : Durban

Date : Saturday, 5 June 2010
Time : 9am - 10:30am
Venue : SAMNET Office Suite 4, Mohammedeya Centre 2, 263 Moses Kotane (Sparks Road), Overport

Banner Painting from 10 : 30 - 12 in Courtyard Besides Sparks Road Mosque Complex
Placard Demonstration on Moses Kotane Road / Sparks Road (People to Assemble in Sparks Road Mosque Courtyard Area at 2pm)

5) Mass Rally
Date: Saturday, June 5th
Location:Uncle Tom's Hall, Near Hector Pieterson Museum, Orlando West
Contact: 084 211 9988

6) Women's Programme on
Palestine: An Eyewitness Account From Gaza
Date: Saturday, June 5th
Location: Brits Madressa
Time: 2:30pm
Contact: 071 677 0358

Zapiro Cartoon

Zapiro Cartoon

NUM Condemns Israel, Calls for Independent Inquiry

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is enraged by the callous and murderous actions of the Israeli naval commandos when they raided a Turkish led international humanitarian envoy to the Israeli blockaded Hamas ruled Gaza Palestinian territory. The pro-Palestinian flotilla led boat, the Turkish Marmora, with 600 mixed nationals activists aboard, was violently intercepted by the Israeli commandos resulting in the death of 19 reported deaths.

The NUM is concerned that the latest action of the state of Israel threatens the peace process and the realization of a two state solution to the Israeli - Palestine conflict. These callous and barbaric actions amount to a violation of international law because the incident took place 80 miles out to sea in international waters and has increased tensions and threats of armed retaliatory conflict along the Mediterranean peninsula.

While the NUM supports the UN Security Council's call for Israel to conduct a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation of the flotilla incident and condemning of the Israeli acts of violence and the immediate release of ships and civilians held by Israel, we do not believe that Israel is capable to conduct such an investigation. We instead call for an international, independent inquiry under the auspices of a United Nations agency and a consideration for sanctions to be imposed against Israel upon an adverse finding of the investigation against Israel.

"We applaud the bold diplomatic action by Spain to recall its ambassador and call upon nation states to do the same as a sign of protest against the action of the Israeli State. We also call upon the international community to demand the lifting of the blockade" says Senzeni Zokwana,the NUM President and President of the 20 million member International Chemical, Energy, Mining and General Workers Union (ICEM).

Senzeni Zokwana- (NUM & ICEM President)- 082 804 9170
Glen Mpufane - (NUM Head of International Relations)- 082 883 7299
Lesiba Seshoka (NUM Spokesman)- 082 803 6719