Zuma Condemns Continued Occupation of Palestine By Israel

Former President Jacob Zuma (File Photo).

South Africa President, Jacob Zuma has called for a lasting solution to the Palestine question, condemning its continued occupation by Israel as a violation of international law.

Zuma told Parliamentarians on Thursday that South Africa will not tire supporting efforts aimed at freeing the Palestinians.

“Israel has violated international laws in the manner in which they have handled the Palestine question. That is a well-known fact,” Zuma said during a question and answer session in Parliament.

“South Africa is part of those foras. Last year, I paid a visit to the Middle East and one of the issues that was discussed is the issue of the Palestine question.

“Let us resolve this matter…we will continue doing so as a country. Everybody agrees that let us have a two-state solution.”

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has since November 1988 sought the international recognition of the State of Palestine following the Palestinian Declaration of Independence proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine in Algeria.

The Palestinians have proposed a separate state, claiming as their homeland territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war.

But for many years, successive Israeli governments have refused to consider a Palestinian state, instead extending their territories of occupation, resulting in revolving wars between the two.

Nearly, all United Nation member-states voted in favour of Resolution 58/292 of May 17, 2004 that says the boundaries of a future Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders.

The Resolution affirmed, in connection with the Palestinian right to self-determination and to sovereignty, that the independent State of Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 borders.