In centurion (South Africa), where he currently hosts Davis Cup matches between South Africa and Israel are anti-Israel rally, organized by several Pro-Palestinian movements.
Saturday, February 3, about two hundred activists from one of the organizations blocked the road leading to suburban Irene Country Club, where the matches are. The action led to traffic jams on the road. Activists chanted threats against the athletes involved in the match and also attacked them a few passing cars.
The correspondent of the South African edition of Political Analysis is present at the meeting, was also attacked activists, who called him «an Israeli agent provocateur.» To protect the journalist from the excited crowd, it took the intervention of the police. Also the police had to use stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators.
As noted by Political Analysis, the protests taking place in South Africa under the auspices of the BDS movement («Boycott, isolation and sanctions»), calling for economic and political pressure on Israel, usually organized by local Pro-Palestinian Muslim groups and left-wing student and trade Union organizations.
We will remind, two weeks before the match, sports Minister of South Africa Tulas Nxesi said he intends to boycott the Davis Cup because of the participation of the Israeli team.
Nxesi explained that his decision was influenced by a letter addressed to him from several human rights organizations of Africa, demanding a boycott of Israel, as well as «memories of humiliation» suffered in 2012, when the Israeli authorities denied him entry to the territory of the Palestinian authority.
South African BDS organization welcomed the announcement by Minister of sport.
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