The South African government condemned the increased violence against Palestinians and heightened tensions in Jerusalem, particularly at the Al Aqsa Mosque during the month of religious importance.
“We strongly condemn the attacks against Palestinians, especially at a time of religious importance for all faiths in the region. We appeal to the government of Israel to allow Palestinians their right to worship and gather for prayers in peace. We reaffirm that the holy sites in Jerusalem and the status quo around these sites must be respected,” the department of international relation and cooperation said in a statement.
The statement issued by Clayson Monyela said: “These blatant violations of human rights and international law, which have been taking place for more than 70 years, should no longer be condoned and the international community, including the UN Security Council that is tasked with maintaining international peace and security, must act to ensure that states are held accountable for their actions.”
Dirco said South Africa called for consistency from the international community and institutions of governance in upholding the rule of law.
“SA is committed to being part of the international efforts aimed at reviving a much-needed political process that will lead to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state existing side by side in peace with Israel, and within internationally recognised borders that include sovereign equality between states,” Dirco said.
It called for both sides to work towards finding a peaceful solution and resolve issues through dialogue instead of using violence in occupied Palestinian territories and in Israel. The violence during the period of religious importance for all is condemned by South Africa.
Source: Business Day, Sowetan Live, Times Live, image from Times Live of Palestinian man praying in Al Aqsa Mosque while there is conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinians