Pretoria News - - OPINION - ALVIN BOTES

IN 1977, the UN’s General As­sem­bly called for the annual ob­ser­vance of Novem­ber 29 as the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple (res­o­lu­tion 32/40 B).

The res­o­lu­tion on the ob­ser­vance of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian Peo­ple also en­cour­ages mem­ber states to con­tinue to give the widest sup­port and public­ity to the ob­ser­vance of the Day of Sol­i­dar­ity.

The South African gov­ern­ment stands in sol­i­dar­ity with the most vul­ner­a­ble, ex­ploited and alien­ated peo­ple in the world.

The cause of the Pales­tine peo­ple is a prin­ci­pled stand­point against in­jus­tice per­pet­u­ated in an un­re­lent­ing fash­ion against the in­dige­nous Arab pop­u­la­tion.

The gov­ern­ment re­news its com­mit­ment to fur­ther strengthen and co-or­di­nate ef­forts to pro­mote the re­al­i­sa­tion of jus­tice and the in­alien­able rights of the Pales­tinian peo­ple, in­clud­ing their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and in­de­pen­dence. This is a clar­ion call that was made at the re­cent Sum­mit of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment of the Non-Aligned Move­ment, con­vened in Baku, Re­pub­lic of Azer­bai­jan, in Oc­to­ber.

We stress the im­por­tance and ur­gency of ac­tion in this re­gard, in light of the sen­si­tive junc­ture of their plight and ex­treme chal­lenges be­ing faced after more than 52 years of the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian land and the pas­sage of more than 71 years since the tragic Nakba of the Pales­tinian peo­ple in May 1948.

We called for the ur­gent pro­vi­sion of po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port to help the Pales­tinian peo­ple and sup­port their ef­forts to re­alise their in­alien­able rights.

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