A pro-Palestine rally in South Africa. Photo via: vocfm.co.za
The South African Government strongly condemned Israel’s plan to annex large parts of occupied Palestinian territory.
South Africa expressed its deep concern over “the planned execution of Israel’s provocative plan to annex the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.
“Israel's actions are in stark violation of international law and also disregard international humanitarian law and UN Security Council Resolutions, including Resolutions 446 (1979) and 2334 (2016)”, a statement by South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation read. “The latter Resolution explicitly calls for an end to Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and the fulfillment of the rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and independence”.
“It is perplexing that during these unprecedented times, as the international community addresses the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel is exploiting the situation to advance its de facto annexation of Palestinian land”, added the statement.
“The dangerous prospect of Israel continuing with its unilateral actions and to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley, is not only belligerent but also threatens efforts to advance regional peace. These acts are not only illegal but also risk undermining the viability of a negotiated two-state solution and will have negative consequences on the entire peace process”, it said.
South Africa said it remains unequivocally committed to and values efforts aimed at reviving a political process, leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, existing side by side in peace with Israel within internationally recognized borders, based on those existing on 4 June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in compliance with all relevant UN Resolutions, international law and internationally agreed parameters.
South Africa reiterated that any peace plan should not allow Palestinian statehood to devolve into an entity devoid of sovereignty, territorial contiguity and economic viability.