Support for Palestinians grow across Africa amid Israeli war crimes
African nations have condemned the barbaric crimes by Israel against Palestinians, as the regime’s relentless bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip enters its seventh consecutive day.
Several African nations, including Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria, have expressed their outrage over the war crimes by Israel.
Hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gathered in Nairobi in a show of their support for Palestinians.
"We are here today because injustice anywhere in the world is an injustice everywhere in the world. We want to tell our government to end all diplomatic ties because Israel is oppressing the poor, the weak, the marginalized,” said Hussein Khalid, a local activist in Nairobi.
"The government of Kenya we are a peace beacon in East Africa, and Africa, we cannot associate ourselves with an oppressive regime. We are telling the whole world, the UN and everyone: free, free Palestine! Free, free Palestine!"
The protests were later dispersed by anti-riot police using teargas on the impassioned activists.
South Africa wants Israel conduct referred to ICC for crimes
Hundreds of South Africans protested in solidarity with Palestine on Saturday to mark Nakba Day, or Catastrophe Day -- 73 years of Palestinian occupation – and demanded the government cut ties with Israel.
The South African government said it wants Israel’s conduct to be investigated and referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
South Africa’s International Relations department said disturbing images of Israel’s ongoing attacks on Palestinians which violates UN resolutions - justifies an urgent call for intervention by the international community.
Mandla Mandela, a grandson of Nelson Mandela and the tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, slammed during an anti-Israeli rally and quoted his iconic anti-apartheid, freedom fighting grandfather, saying "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people".
The African National Congress (ANC) the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since the election of Mandela in the 1994, has historically held a pro-Palestine stance.
Mandla Mandela called on his government to close the South African embassy in Tel Aviv and sever all diplomatic ties with Israel. "We need to close it down completely and make sure we have one embassy in Ramallah in Palestine."
At least 188 Palestinians, including 55 children and 33 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the past week.
Tensions escalated in Jerusalem al-Quds, the occupied West Bank and Gaza amid the planned expulsion of dozens of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where illegal Israeli settlers are looking to take over the property of Palestinian families.
The Israeli military and illegal settlers intensified the regime’s violations against Palestinians across al-Quds, including on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — Islam's third-holiest site — during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.