Zim joins fight against Mus­lim at­tacks

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ZIM­BABWE joined other mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity on Tues­day in strongly con­demn­ing Is­rael’s high-handed ac­tions, fol­low­ing Mon­day’s protests by Pales­tini­ans that re­sulted in the death of about 60 pro­test­ers, mostly by gun­fire.

More than 2 700 peo­ple were in­jured along the Gaza-Is­raeli border on the eve of Al­nakba.

A num­ber of peo­ple joined the Pales­tinian em­bassy in Harare on the oc­ca­sion of the 70th an­niver­sary of the day of Catas­tro­phe com­monly known as Al­nakba, among them mem­bers of the diplo­matic corps; se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of State for Harare Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Miriam Chikukwa; mem­bers of the Friends of Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Move­ment; civil so­ci­ety; and, the Pales­tinian com­mu­nity in Zim­babwe among oth­ers, to cas­ti­gate the oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine by Is­rael.

They also raised con­cern over the move­ment of the United States em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Min­istry of Foreign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Trade deputy di­rec­tor, Mr Ta­muka Mu­ranga said on this 70-year an­niver­sary, the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Zim­babwe share the grief at the sense­less loss of lives of the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

Mr Mu­ranga also said the na­tion looked back at the painful events that oc­curred in 1948 and re­sulted in over 700 000 Pales­tini­ans be­ing ex­pelled from their home­land.

“We note with great sad­ness that over 58 protest­ing Pales­tini­ans were shot dead and hun­dreds of oth­ers in­jured by Is­raeli sol­diers on the eve of Al­nakba. We Ka­man­gira (Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe), ex­tend our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased and the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of the state of Pales­tine, and wish a speedy re­cov­ery to the in­jured.”

“As your strug­gle for a free Pales­tinian state con­tin­ues, let me re­it­er­ate Zim­babwe’s full sup­port for United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, which call for a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict and the es­tab­lish­ment of a free Pales­tinian state within the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal.

“We call on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to do more to re­vive the stalled peace talks to make a re­al­ity the vi­sion of the two states of Pales­tine and Is­rael liv­ing side by side in peace.” — Picture by Tariro

He as­sured the peo­ple of Pales­tine of Zim­babwe’s un­wa­ver­ing sup­port to­wards their cause: “Zim­babwe stands ready to work with the state of Pales­tine to en­hance and strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tions for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of our peo­ples,” he said.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing at the func­tion on Tues­day evening, Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador Taghrid Se­nouar said, the Al­nakba Day meant, “Catas­tro­phe of dis­pos­ses­sion, de­nial, and in­jus­tice.”

She added, that Al­nakba marks the day of the es­tab­lish­ment of Is­rael as well as the in­jus­tice done to the in­hab­i­tants of Pales­tine cre­at­ing the largest refugee pop­u­la­tion with six mil­lion out of 13 mil­lion Pales­tini­ans, be­ing refugees.

“This sad oc­ca­sion co­in­cides with other sad events that took place yes­ter­day (May 14), and that is the re­lo­ca­tion of the US em­bassy to oc­cu­pied Jerusalem, de­fy­ing in­ter­na­tional law, and re­ject­ing UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions relevant to the Pales­tinian na­tional rights.

“This ac­tion only serves to fur­ther em­bolden Is­rael, the oc­cu­py­ing power, to step up its il­le­gal ac­tions against our peo­ple and lead us fur­ther away from peace,” she said.

The re­lo­ca­tion of the US em­bassy as well as Gaza be­ing un­der siege for over seven weeks has caused tur­moil in Pales­tine with the num­ber of in­jured peo­ple reach­ing over 10 000.

“Since (sic) more than seven weeks now, our peo­ple who are un­der siege in Gaza and peo­ple in other parts of Pales­tine are protest­ing peace­fully against the siege and the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion, and de­mand­ing their right of re­turn are be­ing killed by the Is­raeli sol­diers us­ing live am­mu­ni­tion. Sixty one were killed and more than 2 700 in­jured to­talling the num­ber of in­juries to 10 000 peo­ple since the be­gin­ning of March,” she said.

“The state of Is­rael was de­clared part of Pales­tine in 1948, ex­pos­ing the Pales­tinian peo­ple to un­told suf­fer­ing due to eth­nic cleans­ing op­er­a­tions… and forc­ing around 800 000 of Pales­tini­ans into ex­ile, de­stroy­ing their towns, later to be­come the largest refugee pop­u­la­tion in the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and in­side Pales­tine it­self. Those mili­tias com­mit­ted mas­sacres and crimes that they were not ac­counted for,” Am­bas­sador Se­nouar said.

Am­bas­sador Se­nouar ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port Pales­tine was re­ceiv­ing from Zim­babwe and all sup­port­ing friendly coun­tries.

State of Pales­tine to Zim­babwe Am­bas­sador Taghrid Se­nouar (right) chats to Min­istry of Foreign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Trade deputy di­rec­tor Ta­muka Mu­ranga at the 70th an­niver­sary of the Al­nakba Day.

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