Former Johannesburg Mayor and leader of Al Jama-ah in Gauteng, Thapelo Amad, has defended his social media post featuring him holding an assault rifle, emphasising that it was not intended as an incitement of violence. Amad clarified that the post was a silent protest expressing support for the Palestinian people, particularly those affected in Gaza, since the conflict with Israel escalated in October, as reported by Eyewitness News.
While the tweet has been deleted, it originally conveyed Amad’s message: “We stand with Hamas, Hamas stands with us – together we are Palestine and Palestine will be free.” Amad urged critics to consider the perspective of the Palestinian people in Gaza, stating that the rifle pointed to the sky and the lifted Hamas flag were not intended with malicious intent.
Amad emphasised the right of South African residents to protest and suggested that understanding the post depends on the perspective one adopts. He explained that the post aimed to show solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy site in Jerusalem, which Hamas claims has been disrespected by Israeli settlers.
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