Obama may get a hot reception
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Cape Town - Cosatu may join and even lead protests against US President Barack Obama when he visits South Africa in just over a week.
But it is not yet clear whether Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will meet Obama and his wife, Michelle, as a friend, as previously - or will also use the occasion to ensure the Obamas hear his opposition to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and the US’s support of Israel.
On Tuesday, the Muslim Judicial Council called on all Cape Muslims to support protests against Obama when he visits Cape Town.
Obama will travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from June 26 to July 3 to strengthen “economic growth, investment and trade”.
The Muslim Lawyers’ Association has called for Obama’s arrest when he enters South Africa.
Approached for comment, Cosatu reiterated that its official position was to support all calls for the isolation of Israel as an apartheid state, and to support boycotts of Israeli products, as articulated by the organisation “Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions”.
Western Cape Cosatu leader Tony Ehrenreich has also spoken out against Israel’s policies.