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Palestine Solidarity

4 December 2016

The Embassy of the State of Palestine in cooperation with the Department of Arts and Culture, the United Nations Information Centre and, in partnership with The Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted a Palestine – South Africa Cultural Week in Commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The event took place from 28 of November 2016 – 2 of December 2016 and featured the following:
• A Palestinian Art Exhibition by prominent artists Mrs. Tamam Al-akhal and the late Mr. Ismail Shammout
• The screening of a Palestinian film titled ”5 Broken Cameras”, and
• Palestinian Music Concert by Al-Istiqlal dancing group and a Palestinian food festival
Addressing guests Ambassador Hashem Dajani of Palestine said, “On this occasion, we would like to reaffirm our gratitude to the President of the
Republic of South Africa, H.E. Jacob Zuma, the South African government and people for their strong and unwavering solidarity with our just struggle for freedom, independence and lasting peace. We feel proud in our friendship with the South African people and emphasize the desire to strengthen these friendly and close bilateral relations.
We would also like to sincerely thank the members of the South African Parliament who on the 29th of November in an official session expressed their solidarity with our people by proudly wearing the Palestinian scarf. This for us was indeed an important and strong message of solidarity.
We are looking forward to the year 2017 as it is a year that not only marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, but also a year to end the Israeli occupation with the efforts of the international community, a year to ensure that the Palestinian people can achieve freedom and independence and peace can prevail in our entire region.”

 

  

   

 

 

Speech by Ambassador Hashem Dajani

02 December 2016

Good evening,
I have the pleasure to welcome you all to the 3rd Palestine- South Africa Cultural Week in commemoration with the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and to convey to you the greetings of the Palestinian people and our leadership on this important occasion to enable our people to exercise their right to self-determination and end the Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine so that our people can live in freedom and dignity in their own country like all other peoples across the world.  
Allow me to take this opportunity on behalf of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to express my sincere gratitude to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the Department of Arts and Culture, the United Nations Information Centre and the South African State Theatre, for their noble solidarity, efforts, kind cooperation and dedication in helping us to make this event possible. We sincerely thank you for your support and solidarity with the Palestinian people who continue to suffer under Israeli’s illegal foreign occupation.  

Ladies and gentlemen,
The situation in occupied Palestine including East Jerusalem is grave, due to Israeli’s ongoing aggression against our people. This aggression continues to fuel the cycle of violence in our region.    
We stress that the illegal Israeli practices and policies of settlement construction and expansion on the land of the State of Palestine are entrenching a one-State reality of an apartheid nature, instead of consolidating the pillars of just and lasting peace, based on United Nations resolutions and the Arab peace initiative.
We, Palestinians continue to extend our hand in peace, and call on the international community to uphold its responsibilities, including by adopting a Security Council resolution to end settlement activities, the main obstacle and the greatest threat to the achievement of peace. We also call on it to provide international protection to our people who continue to be killed, injured, and imprisoned and detained without charge or trial.
In order to achieve reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, Israel must, in addition to stopping settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories, acknowledge its responsibilities for the Nakba and its impact and consequences which remain in effect today.
Israel must lift the inhumane and unjust Israeli blockade against our people in the Gaza strip, release all our 7000 brothers and sisters who are suffering ill-treatment and torture in Israeli jails, recognize the right of Palestinians to self-determination and officially recognize the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital based on the 1967 borders, and finally, Israel must uphold its obligations and comply with the international law and all relevant United Nations resolutions.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
On this occasion, we would like to reaffirm our gratitude to the President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Jacob Zuma, the South African government and people for their strong and unwavering solidarity with our just struggle for freedom, independence and lasting peace.
We feel proud in our friendship with the South African people and emphasize the desire to strengthen these friendly and close bilateral relations.
We would also like to sincerely thank the members of the South African Parliament who on the 29th of November in an official session expressed their solidarity with our people by proudly wearing the Palestinian scarf.  This for us was indeed an important and strong message of solidarity.
We are looking forward to the year 2017 as it is a year that not only marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, but also a year to end the Israeli occupation with the efforts of the international community, a year to ensure that the Palestinian people can achieve freedom and independence and peace can prevail in our entire region.

Comrades and friends,
Our embassy considers the cultural activities as a apart of our diplomacy so we welcome the Palestinian Al-Istiqlal dance group who will perform the Palestinian folklore music and dance to share our culture with our friends in South Africa to promote understanding, good will and friendship between our people.
Allow me to also welcome the Palestinian media who will be covering today’s event.
On this important occasion, it is an honour and a pleasure for me to announce the official Launch of the Shamsaan Palestine’s children 2017 Commemorative Calendar in South Africa, which is an effort aimed at telling the world about the stories of Palestinian children’s struggles under the occupation.
Allow me to express my deepest appreciation to Nadia Meer, Director at Ukusa Dsigns for her efforts and hard work towards the Shamsaan project.  

Thank you

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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