South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in a recent interview equated Palestinian situation with his country’s situation decades ago.
Talking to France 24 in Paris, Cyril Ramaphosa said his country stood with the Palestinian people and their resistance. He also openly supported the oppressed people of Palestine in his weekly column.
He said the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine proved “what South Africans know too well that intractable conflicts can only be solved through peaceful negotiation.”
“It also demonstrates that unless the root causes of a conflict are addressed, in this case the illegal occupation by Israel of Palestinian land and the denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, there will never be peace,’’ he wrote.
The president, who has been anti-apartheid activist, highlighted that the Israeli state was blatantly disregarding laws of the international community by ending the occupation of Palestinian land.
“They show a total disregard for successive United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions that call for an end to the occupation of Palestinian land and for the fulfillment of the rights of the Palestinian people,’’ he said.
Cyril Ramaphosa said the South Africans were most concerned because the images that they had been seeing of people being prevented to move around, of their homes being destroyed, of people being driven out of their homes before they are bombed and of the Israeli soldiers manhandling people brings back very terrible memories of their own history.
He said when they saw those images they could not stop themselves from siding with Palestinians.