Solidarity with Palestine is not hate speech, says Cosatu

SOUTH AFRICAN trade union center Cosatu will appeal against a High Court ruling that the federation and its international secretary Bongani Masuku are guilty of anti-semitism and hate speech. The ruling was handed down by Judge Seun Moshidi on June 29  in Johannesburg.
Cosatu accepted the advice of its lawyers that “this judgement, if left unchallenged, will have a negative effect on … freedom of speech on contentious political issues which Cosatu, unions and civil society organisations engage in regularly.”
Rather than simply a trial of Cosatu and its international secretary, it was “effectively a trial against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.”
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