South African government, political parties slam Israeli atrocities in Palestine
South Africa’s government and political parties have strongly condemned the "barbaric" Israeli attacks on Palestinians, as the regime’s war machine breathes fire on the besieged Gaza Strip.
"Israel's actions are in stark violation of international law, and a total disregard of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, (UNSC) including Resolutions 446 (1979) and 2334 (2016) which explicitly call for an end to Israeli occupation and the fulfilment of the rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and independence," the South African government said in a statement Friday.
The blockaded Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories have been simmering with rage in the past weeks over Israel’s scheme to expel dozens of Palestinians from their homes in the volatile Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of the Old City in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds as part of a long-running scheme to Judaize Palestinian lands.
South Africa also denounced the attacks on Palestinian protesters at al-Aqsa Mosque and the unlawful evictions of Palestinians from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The statement by the South African government called on Israel “to stop the barbaric attacks on Palestinians and commit itself to international efforts aimed at reviving a political process, leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.”
Israel has been bombarding the blockaded Gaza Strip repeatedly for the past several days.
At least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women, have been killed and about 1,000 others injured since Monday.
The resistance groups in Gaza, not least Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, have so far launched hundreds of rockets against Israeli targets in retaliation.
Israel’s so-called Iron Dome missile system has done little to prevent damage to the areas in the occupied territories that have been targeted by the Palestinian rockets.