Palestinians hail 3 African nations for opposing Israel’s observer status in AU
The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, on Sunday praised Algeria, Nigeria and South Africa for appealing against a decision by the African Union (AU) to grant the “colonial” Israeli regime observer status in the bloc.
“We strongly condemn the support from any country, especially an Arab one, to grant observer status in the AU to the Israeli enemy,” said Moussa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, in a tweet.
He wrote, “We salute our Algerian brothers for their position, as well as Nigeria and South Africa,” calling on all African countries to “oppose granting this status to a colonial substitution entity.”
On July 22, Israel submitted a letter of credence to rejoin the AU as an observer, after nearly 20 years of lobbying, drawing angry reactions from supporters of the Palestinian cause against the regime’s occupation.
Israel had previously held the status in the predecessor Organization of African Unity until 2002, when the organization was disbanded and replaced by the AU.
However, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said on Friday that the AU Executive Council had chosen to delay a final decision on granting Israel observer status in the pan-African body until the AU summit in February 2022.
On Sunday, Hamas welcomed a decision to postpone the approval of Israel’s observer status in the bloc.
The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.
The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.
The Ethiopia-based AU is a continental bloc that represents all 55 member states, most of whom suffered terribly at the hands of repressive colonialists.
For decades, African countries have supported the Palestinians' struggle against Israeli occupation and oppression, seeing in it parallels with their own anti-colonial movements.