Hamas chief in South Africa anti-Israel rally: uprisings shall continue until freedom is achieved

Mashaal in South Africa with his deputy, speaks at ANC rally claiming uprisings to continue until “the land is for Palestine and its people”

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Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal compared the Palestinian struggle to that of apartheid South Africa during an anti-Israel rally in Cape Town Thursday.

Mashaal, who arrived in South Africa earlier this week by invitation from the African National Congress along with his deputy Moussa Abu Marzouk, stated that Palestinian violence and terror would continue, and that the “uprisings shall continue” and to “not expect that they should stop with the uprising, do not expect that they will stop with the resistance” in what he referred to as the “Jerusalem Intifada”. He claimed that the “uprisings will continue until freedom is achieved and the land is for Palestine and its people.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry, along with the South African Zionist Federation condemned the Hamas delegation in South Africa, the Federation stating, “During these past few weeks of barbaric violence targeting Israel, Hamas has enthusiastically endorsed the cold-blooded murder of Israeli civilians and instigated dozens of lethal attacks against them… Contrary to what is claimed, the ideology, values, aims and strategies of Hamas are diametrically opposed to the principles of the ANC, as embodied in the Freedom Charter.”