Palestine march

Watch: Anti-Trump and pro-Palestine Capetonians march to parliament [video]

Capetonians carried out a Palestine march on Wednesday. The march also went after Donald Trump for his recent interactions with Israel.

Palestine march

Religious leaders are leading a march of Capetonians against US President Donald Trump and his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Christian, Muslim and Jewish civil society leaders are carrying out the march to parliament on Wednesday afternoon.

The local leaders are also calling for South Africa to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel.

Last week, President Trump made waves across the Middle East and rest of the world when he said the United States officially recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump also said he would begin moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

South African religious leaders hit out at Trump at a press briefing on Tuesday. Rev Simon Kortjass from St Paul’s Anglican Church labelled Israel “a notorious violator of endless and numerous international laws and regulations.”

Al Quds Foundation SA director Moulana Ihsaan Hendriks said it was about more than just Jews and Muslims, it’s about human rights and justice.

“We hope we will be able to intensify our activism in South Africa‚ appeal to our government and appeal to the international peace-loving community to move very quickly for the freedom and the liberation of the Palestinian people‚” he said.

Heidi Grunebaum from South African Jews for Free Palestine condemned Trump’s declaration too.

“[It] is in contempt of international law and of the international community’s consensus‚ which sees Israel’s occupation and annexation of eastern parts of Jerusalem as illegal‚” she said.

“The claims of religion [or] theology as an alibi for oppression‚ segregation‚ dispossession and occupation are spurious.”

Other prominent international leaders like French President Emanuel Macron have also condemned Trump’s decision. They say it will only cause more violence in the region.

You can see footage of marchers gathering in Cape Town below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on Trump’s decision in the Facebook comments.