Al Jama-ah, DA in row over pamphlet

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Cape Town - A poster war is brewing in Cape Town where the DA has threatened legal action against Al Jama-ah for printing an election pamphlet calling on voters not to vote for the DA, saying it is a “Zionist-funded party”.

In the pamphlet Al Jama-ah warns that “a vote for Zionist-funded Helen Zille of the DA is a betrayal of the Palestinian struggle”.

 

The pamphlet, which has been distributed at mosques, depicts the DA logo with the slogan “Don’t Vote DA, it is haraam”. The flyer claims the new City of the Cape Town logo represents the Star of David and that “the DA and the DA’s Parliamentary candidate, Glynnis Breytenbach, received money from a known Zionist, Nathan Kirsh” who, it claimed, won a tender to install detection systems along “Israel’s apartheid wall” in the West Bank.

In a letter, the DA’s legal representatives, Minde Shapiro and Smith Inc, accused Al Jama-ah of violating the Electoral Act, the Electoral Commission Act and the Electoral Code of conduct. The DA threatened legal action warning Al Jama-ah to stop distributing the pamphlet or face action including “a punitive cost order”.

 

Advocate Zehir Omar, acting for Al Jama-ah, said that it would stop distributing the pamphlets, but that the party wanted the DA to answer eight questions. The questions relate to

the logo and Star of David, funding by Kirsh, and UN resolutions about Palestine and Israel.

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