- President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
- MP Mandla Mandela says this is an ‘act of aggression’.
- Mandela likens the situation in Israel and Palestine to Apartheid South Africa
MP and traditional Chief Mandla Mandela calls Trump’s statement on Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel an ‘act of aggression’. Not just against the Palestinian people but also ‘all freedom loving people in the world’.
Briefly.co.za has learned from Mandela’s statement that he thinks the declaration is illegal in terms of international law. It will hamper the peace process and goes against UN recognised Palestinian rights.
News24.com also reports that Mandela said in his statement the USA is supporting apartheid in Israel just as they supported apartheid in South Africa.
Mandela has called on South Africa’s parliament to condemn Trump’s ‘violation of international law.
Mandela wants US citizens and civil rights movements to distance themselves from Trump and his government and call them to order.
Trump tweeted this before the declaration to take a stab at his predecessors for not fulfilling their campaign promises:
The declaration from Trump came on Wednesday. He said it was ‘time to… recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel’. He has directed the state department to start working on moving the American Embassy.
The embassy is currently located in Tel Aviv, its new home will be in Jerusalem. According to Trump this will advance the peace process rather than hamper it.
Of course Trump tweeted about it:
Mandela wants the ANC National General Council to condemn Trump’s declaration. Also, to cut diplomatic, trade and cultural ties with ‘apartheid Israel’.
It was (former) president Nelson Mandela’s stance that South Africa’s freedom would be incomplete without Palestine being freed.
The Boycott, Divestmen, Sanctions (BDS) movement also weighed in on the issue. SAying Trump’s move would undermine international law.
BDS’s Kwara Kekana has called for Israel to be held to account for their human rights abuses. Kekana wants similar boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel to those against apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.
BDS also wants the ANC to downgrade the SA Embassy in Israel.
Wendy Kahn, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), believes Israelis and Palestinians must come together to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The SAJBD believes the SA government has to play a role in restarting the peace process.
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