The South African authorities has remained a robust ally of Palestine, offering each materials and public assist for its liberation trigger.
The South African authorities has expressed considerations that Israel’s continued occupation of “important parts of the West Financial institution” and the event of recent settlements there “are obtrusive examples of violations of worldwide legislation” because the longrunning Israel-Palestine battle goes on.
“The Palestinian narrative evokes experiences of South Africa’s personal historical past of racial segregation and oppression,” Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of worldwide relations and cooperation, mentioned on the second assembly of the Palestinian Heads of Mission in Africa, held within the capital Pretoria.
“As oppressed South Africans, we skilled firsthand the consequences of racial inequality, discrimination and denial and we can not stand by whereas one other era of Palestinians are left behind,” she mentioned.
Pandor mentioned Pretoria believes Israel must be categorised as an apartheid state and that the United Nations Common Meeting (UNGA) ought to set up a committee to confirm whether or not it satisfies the necessities.
Palestinian international minister Riad Malki, who attended the discussion board, spoke to the state-run South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) after the session.
“If there’s any nation or nations that may comprehend the struggling and the wrestle for freedom and independence of Palestine, it’s the African continent and the folks of Africa,” Malki mentioned.
Ties that bind
The primary Palestinian embassy in South Africa was accredited in 1995, marking the start of diplomatic relations between the 2 nations. Over time, the South African authorities has remained a robust ally of Palestine, offering each materials and public assist for its liberation trigger.
“Our place on Palestine has at all times been clear, constant, and convergent with the worldwide neighborhood,” Pandor mentioned.
In line with a latest report by the Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, a civil organisation with headquarters within the Gaza Strip, roughly 5,418 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli navy operations within the embattled Gaza Strip in the course of the previous 15 years, together with 1,246 youngsters and 488 ladies.
A latest UN fee of inquiry to research violations within the occupied Palestinian territory, together with East Jerusalem, decided in its report that Israel is chargeable for extreme human rights violations in opposition to Palestinians.
“These reviews are important in elevating world consciousness of the situations that Palestinians are subjected to and so they present credence and assist to an awesome physique of factual proof, all pointing to the truth that the State of Israel is committing crimes of apartheid and persecution in opposition to Palestinians”, mentioned Pandor whereas referencing the reviews.
International marketing campaign for Shireen
Pandor was the primary consultant of the South African authorities to denounce the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Could by Israeli forces throughout a raid within the West Financial institution.
On the time of Abu Akleh’s dying, she in contrast the violent disruption of her funeral procession by Israeli police to the cruelty of the South African apartheid navy.
After Tuesday’s convention session, she advised SABC that “we are able to’t depart the matter of Shireen Abu Akleh untouched.”
“We’ll push the Palestinian trigger on the UN Common Meeting and we want additionally civil society to hitch us,” mentioned Pandor.