Protesters anything but happy with Pharrell Williams, Woolworths by Tammy Petersen

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Cape Town – Hundreds of protesters waved Palestinian flags near the entrance of GrandWest Casino on Monday in the build-up to Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams’s concert… The internationally acclaimed producer and performer has come under fire for collaborating with local retail group Woolworths who have been the focus of local pro-Palestine activists for their trade with Israel… “Pharell has blood on his hands,” a representative from the South African Communist Party told the cheering masses. “Genocide is taking place and the world is silent about this.”

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Cape Town: Pro-Palestinian Group & Woolies to Meet by Nomsa Mdhluli

A group of pro-Palestine demonstrators have gathered outside of Woolworths in Cape Town’s CBD on 26 November 2014. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN
Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

A pro-Palestine NGO and Woolworths are expected to meet within the next two weeks to resolve their differences over the retail giant doing business with Israeli companies.

Demonstrators staged a protest outside Woolworths’ Cape Town head offices on Wednesday where the company was holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Demonstrators are part of the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P), which is spearheading a campaign calling on the retail giant to stop trading with Israeli companies. As a demonstrator read out the names of Palestinians killed in fighting to Israeli forces, others spontaneously shouted ‘Woolworths supports genocide’.

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