ANC Parliamentary Caucus Congratulates the Nationa Assembly for standing steadfast for Peace and Justice in occupied Palestine

22 November 2023

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus is proud of the outcome and the Members of the National Assembly, who voted by an overwhelming majority of 248 for and 91 against the motion amended by the ANC calling for an end to the unfolding genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people whose land has been illegally confiscated and illegally occupied. 

This motion was one among many interventions by the South African government including in multinational forums such as BRICS, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court that is considering a request to investigate war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed by the state of Israel.

As the ANC Caucus, we have argued that the conflict in Palestine is not a religious war, as some parties deceptively asserted in the NA. We have highlighted the numerous UN Security Council resolutions that have never been implemented that confirm the right of the Palestinian people to live on their land along the pre-1967 borders. The Palestinian struggle has always been about the right to land and against occupation.

We support the morally correct decision of our government to withdraw our diplomats from the apartheid state of Israel for consultations, and we note that Israel has recalled its Ambassador to South Africa.

Our amendment to the EFF motion calls for a ceasefire and that both parties to the conflict commit to binding UN-facilitated negotiations whose outcome must be a just, sustainable and lasting peace and guarantee a two-state solution along the pre-1967
borders. Until this is achieved, the Israeli Embassy should remain closed. 

Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip

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