South African president slams Israel, expresses solidarity with Palestinians
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed solidarity with Palestinians and condemned Israel for its genocide of civilians in Gaza.
Ramaphosa made the comments on Saturday surrounded by his colleagues from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
More than 2,450 Palestinians have been killed and around 10,000 have been injured in eight days of Israeli attacks on Gaza, a besieged Palestinian enclave that is home to 2.3 million people.
The brutal attacks started on October 7 hours after the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched an unprecedented round of attacks on Israeli-occupied territories of Palestine to retaliate months of bloody violence caused by the Israeli settlers and military forces.
“(We) are all standing here pledging our solidarity with the people of Palestine. We stand here because we are deeply concerned about the atrocities that are unfolding in the Middle East…We have a full understanding of how the people of Palestine have taken up this issue, because they are people, as many countries and leaders in the world have opined, that have been under occupation for almost 75 years,” Ramaphosa said.
"We extend our condolences to the families of the civilian victims during the recent clashes on both sides (Gaza Strip and Israel)," he added.
“The Israeli order to evacuate more than a million people from northern Gaza to its south would make the matter worse," he said.
Amnesty International: Israel is an apartheid regime
Last year, UK-based Amnesty International said its investigation shows that Israel imposes a system of oppression and domination against Palestinians across all areas under its occupation.
Amnesty said this amounts to apartheid as prohibited in international law.
The term “apartheid” was originally used to refer to a political system in South Africa which explicitly enforced racial segregation, and the domination and oppression of whites over blacks.
Apartheid is a violation of public international law, a grave violation of internationally protected human rights, and a crime against humanity under international criminal law.