Outrage over Israel’s annexation plan, aggression
THE Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) has reiterated its condemnation of Israel over its aggression against Palestine, including its annexation plans set to come into effect today.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plans to annex Palestinian territories will see about 30% of the West Bank and the
Jordan Valley being seized.
Yesterday, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor’s office slammed the move by Israel, which it said was a unilateral negation of the two-state solution proposed to end the conflict.
“Annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations, intensify tensions and further hamper efforts to advance regional peace and to maintain international peace and security,” the department said.
This comes as various organisations continue to weigh in on the views expressed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, including his love and support for Israel as well as his criticism of the government’s policy position in the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
Justice Mogoeng has been accused of bringing the judiciary into disrepute and undermined the executive by publicly bashing the country’s foreign policy position after participating in a webinar for The Jerusalem Post last week.
Dirco reiterated its foreign policy position in support for Palestine. “We reaffirm our committed support to the Palestinian independence struggle for achieving freedom from the Israeli illegal occupation,” the department said.
Council for the Advancement of SA Constitution (Casac) executive secretary Lawson Naidoo accused Justice Mogoeng of having meddled in the realm of political commentary “in a manner that gives succour to those who deny the Palestinian people basic human rights and dignity”.
“We, therefore, call upon the Chief Justice to reconsider and unequivocally withdraw his remarks, and apologise to all South Africans,” Naidoo said.
He added that while Justice Mogoeng, a staunch Christian, had the right to express his views, his primary duty was to respect the Constitution and protect the integrity of the judiciary.
“If the Chief Justice wishes to comment on issues extraneous to his position as the head of the judiciary, he will be free to do so when he is no longer constrained by the responsibilities of that office,” Naidoo said.
Approached for comment, Justice Mogoeng’s spokesperson Nathi Mncube said: “Unfortunately we are not commenting on the issue.”