Palestine salutes Zimbabwe for unwavering support

Palestine salutes Zimbabwe for unwavering support
November 30 14:45 2018

By Masline Mavudzi

Palestine continues to face suppression despite efforts made last year to bring the desired long-lasting solution.

Palestinian ambassador to Zimbabwe Mrs Targhrid Senour said this while commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people in Harare.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people is an occasion where Palestinians commemorate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people who were uprooted, dispossessed and became refugees since 1948 to this day.

“Since last year, major developments took place regarding the Palestinian issue in an attempt to annihilate and eliminate it and in the heart of it was Jerusalem. We continue to face the imposition of the arrogance of blind power against peace and universal values, as well as the oppression and imposition of facts on the ground by the Israeli occupation.

“We are being punished for joining those international organizations because our leadership took the decision to re-internationalise the Palestinian question, in the objective of reaching comprehensive and just peace and to recover the legitimate rights of our people,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to countries that had shown support for justice and freedom of the Palestinian people.

“We would like thank all countries who stood firm with the international legitimacy. The rule of law and universal values, and took stands to preserve multilateralism over unilateralism and to uphold the principles of the UN Charter with regard to the situation in Palestine. We urge the international community to continue its support until the full implementation of its resolutions regarding the Palestinians rights. These rights include the right to self-determination, the right of national independence and sovereignty and the right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and properties,” Ambassador Senour said.

Ambassador Senour reiterated that Palestine and Zimbabwe continued to share same values, through the support and solidarity that Zimbabwe was rendering to the just struggle of their people for freedom and independence based on the United Nations and International Law. She was also grateful for the continued moral and political support the Zimbabwean government and the people were providing for the just cause of Palestine.

Reading out a statement by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, at United Nations Geneva reaffirmed their profound appreciation and gratitude to countries that extended invaluable support for the just cause of Palestinian people.

He however said, Palestine deeply regretted the lack of implementation of the annual resolutions on the question of Palestine to the United Nations which had compounded the conflict over the many decades and inflicted grave hardships on the Palestinian people.

This unjust situation had deepened convictions that there was indeed a double standard when it came to resolutions regarding Israel, as those resolutions were not being implemented and Israel was being allowed to continue behaving as though it was a State above the law, with complete impunity and with grave consequences.

“Palestine called on all States that believed in the two-State solution and recognized the State of Israel to recognize the State of Palestine as well. Palestine also appealed to States to uphold their obligations not to recognize the illegal situation created by Israel’s policies and measures in the occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

“Palestine was fully committed to international law, relevant United Nations resolutions, and the two-State solution on the pre-1967 borders, and remained ready to give every opportunity to regional and international efforts, based on long-standing terms of references, to achieve a just peace.  But if efforts failed to achieve such a solution, the Palestinian people would continue their legitimate struggle for the realization of their inalienable rights and to strive for equal rights for all in historic Palestine without discrimination,” he said.

The Palestine disposition took place seventy years ago and after twenty-five years of peace negotiations and the non-commitment by Israel to the principles of peace and international law. Israel has not shown interest in ending its occupation.


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