Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison with over 1.5 million Palestinians caged in and cut off from the rest of the world,” she said. “The Gaza strip is the world’s most densely populated piece of land on this earth, making the Israeli bombing of the Palestinian Gaza strip all the more horrendous.” The SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the SA Zionist Federation condemned Duarte’s statement. “Such naked invective is something one expects to find only on the more extreme wing of the anti-Israel lobby; coming from our country’s ruling party, it is nothing short of disgraceful,” the SAJBD said in a statement. It accused the ANC of keeping quiet when three Israeli teenagers - were murdered. The ruling party also did not condemn the bombardment by Hamas of Israeli population centres. “Hundreds of deadly missiles have been and continue to be fired at Israel’s cities and towns. “Not once in the statement issued in her name was Ms Duarte able to even acknowledge this fact, let alone denounce it,” the group said. In 2012, the ANC resolved to call on “all South Africans to support the programmes and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel”.
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