South Africa urges the Israeli state to be ascribed an “apartheid” Label.
The prolonged Israeli occupation of substantial areas of the West Bank has alarmed the South African authorities. The expansion of new settlements, according to Johannesburg, is blatant examples of abuses of international regulations.
The Palestinian story, according to South African minister of foreign relations, reminds people of the country’s own struggles against racial tyranny and inequality. Naledi Pandor was s peaking during the second gathering of Palestinian Heads of Mission in Africa.
“As oppressed South Africa, we experienced firsthand the effects of racial inequality, discrimination and denial and we cannot stand by while another generation of Palestinians are left behind,” Pandor asserted.
Pretoria, according to Pandor, considers Israel to be an apartheid state. Additionally, a plan should be developed by the UNGA to make sure it complies with the standards.
After the meeting, Riad Malki, the chief of foreign ministry of Palestine, who was present at the conference, talked with the SABC, a government-run media organization. “If there is any country or countries that can comprehend the suffering and the struggle for freedom and independence of Palestine, it is the African continent and the people of Africa,” Malki said.
1995 saw the accreditation of the first Palestinian embassy in Johannesburg. The move marked the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Johannesburg has supported Palestine’s struggle for freedom over the decades by offering both monetary and moral assistance.
A recent analysis estimates that over the previous 15 years, Israeli military actions in the troubled Gaza Strip have killed 5,418 people in Palestine. There have been 488 women and 1,246 children in among the victims. The information was made public by the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization with offices in the Gaza Strip.
South Africa and Palestine
“Our position on Palestine has always been clear, consistent, and convergent with the international community;” these remarks by Naledi Pandor is indicative of the longtime clarity of South African strategies and policies in regard with Israel and Palestine. As a nation smashed under the wheels of Apartheid, South African people find a unity against the oppression as the only solution. En route; the first step is clear; the recognition of Apartheid.
Israel has committed serious human rights breaches against Palestinian people, according to a recent UN committee of inquiry’s findings. The investigation looked into breaches in East Jerusalem and other parts of the Palestinian territories.
These stories play a crucial role in increasing public awareness of the suffering experienced by Palestinians worldwide. They lend respect and trust to a mountain of verifiable facts. These are evidence that the Tel Aviv is persecuting and committing crimes of apartheid against the people in Palestine.
Shireen Abu Akleh‘s murder was denounced for the first time by Pandor, a government delegate from South Africa. The Palestinian-American reporter was assassinated by Israeli soldiers in an assault in the West Bank two months ago.
Pandor compared the brutal Israeli police interference in Abu Akleh’s funeral procession to the brutality of the apartheid-era forces in South Africa.
She told SABC during the conference call on yesterday that Palestinian-American journalist’s case cannot be ignored. “We will push the Palestinian cause at the UN General Assembly and we need also civil society to join us.”
Analogies between Palestine and South Africa does not stop that limited examples. The violent and deadly nature of Apartheid connects all regimes with similar trends together. South Africa is one example among others, but it can also be a suitable starting point to enlighten the international community.