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

SA Demands Israel Release Journalist

The government has summoned the Israeli ambassador to demand the release of a South African journalist held after a raid on a ship in Israel on Monday.

South Africa's deputy minister of international relations, Sue van der Merwe, summoned Israeli ambassador Dov Segev-Steinberg to register the government's "strongest possible protest" to the Israeli government, after an attack on the ship, the Mavi Marmara on Monday morning.

The ship was part of a flotilla of six ships with over 700 people on board, which was trying to deliver aid to the Gaza strip.

The Mavi Marmara was boarded after it refused to stop and be searched.

A South African journalist, Gadija Davids from Cape Town based radio station, Radio 786, was on board the ship and was apparently held by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). She was not harmed in the attack.

Call for investigation
South Africa demanded a full investigation into the incident, said Van der Merwe in a statement issued by the department.

"A full investigation into the matter which should be prompt, impartial, credible and transparent, as well as conforming to international standards," she said.

"The government also requests the immediate release of the ships, as well as civilians held by Israel, including one South African citizen and for Israel to allow the countries concerned to retrieve their deceased and wounded."

Van der Merwe called the military action by the IDF "unjustified".