Israel-Palestinian conflict; the African Union’s message

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In a resounding message of support and solidarity, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, addressed the pressing issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Marking the 29th of November as a day to reinforce commitments to justice and freedom, Mahamat reaffirmed the African Union’s unwavering stance in support of Palestine’s struggle for statehood and sovereignty.


Mahamat’s heartfelt address highlighted the urgency of the situation, condemning the ongoing hostilities in Gaza and the Occupied Territories as clear violations of international law and humanitarian principles. Emphasising the devastating impact on Palestinian civilians and the overarching implications for regional peace, he fervently called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the establishment of a permanent humanitarian ceasefire.


The African Union Commission, aligning itself with various UN resolutions dating back to 1948, urged the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards resolving the Palestinian question. The commitment to this cause, Mahamat underscored, rests on the foundational principles of freedom, justice, and humanitarianism, aligning with Africa’s unwavering support for Palestine’s existence as a viable state in the Middle East.


Expressing deep concerns over unilateral policies and actions, including the relentless war on Gaza, Mahamat pointed out the humanitarian crisis it has engendered. He lamented the threat looming over East Jerusalem’s holy sites, condemning the deprivation faced by Christians and Muslims in practicing their faith amidst escalating conflict.


The Chairperson deplored the staggering loss of innocent lives, especially the disproportionate number of children, in the current conflict. He didn’t mince words in denouncing Israel’s continued construction of settlements in occupied territories, flagging them as egregious violations of international norms contributing to forced displacement and structural inequality akin to the dark days of apartheid in Southern Africa.


Mahamat applauded recent UN resolutions for a humanitarian truce and cessation of hostilities, backing the ceasefire agreement in Gaza and stressing the necessity of political dialogue to establish two sovereign and peaceful states. Furthermore, he urged the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, emphasising the need for improved detention conditions and respect for basic human rights.


The African Union Commission reiterated its unwavering commitment to collaborating with international actors towards ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Mahamat concluded with a fervent call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, expressing hope for peace and blessings upon the people of Palestine.


As Mahamat’s address reverberates across the international stage, it serves as a clarion call for global action towards a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, underscoring the imperative of solidarity and cooperation in securing peace and justice for Palestine.


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