Let’s Intensify International efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – South African State Security Minister
Pretoria, November 30, 2015 – Minister of State Security Honourable David Mahlobo has condemned the senseless killing which is happening on a daily basis in Palestine and has called on the United Nations Security Council to be steadfast and make clear decisions about the situation. Mr Mahlobo was speaking at the Sterkinekor Cinema in Brooklyn Pretoria at the screening of the film Roadmap to Apartheid, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which falls on November 29.
The film is a historical documentation of the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa, as draws parallels with the situation in the State of Palestine.
Honourable Mahlobo said that there was a very clear understanding that South Africa cannot be entirely free until the people of Palestine were free. He deplored the sad state in which women and children lived in Gaza, Hebron and other Israeli occupied land.
Speaking at the event, Director of the UN Information Centre Maureen Nkandu said that it was crucial that both the Israeli and Palestinians play a constructive role towards resolving the conflict. “Palestinians feel deep frustration over an occupation that has lasted nearly 50 years. Israelis fear deeply for their security. Both sides must reject incitement and inflammatory public statements,” said Ms Nkandu.
Nearly 250 guests attended the film screening last Thursday evening. In 1977, the UN General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On the same day in 2012, the State of Palestine joined the United Nations as a non-Member observer State and is now recognised by 136 countries.
But Palestine’s Ambassador to South Africa Mr Hashem Dajani said that regrettably, the situation of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation remains dire due to the repressive, destructive and colonial policies and practices that continue be perpetrated by Israel. “The attacks are in deliberate, systematic and grave violation of international law including humanitarian law and human rights law, with total impunity, as the international community continues to fail to hold Israel accountable in accordance with the law,” said Ambassador Dajani.
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