South Africa’s Response to Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

From Burning Issue, December 12, 2017

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Over the past few days, we have been closely watching developments in the Middle East following US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have erupted across the occupied Palestinian territories with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets in what has been called the Day of Rage. Thousands have been injured in scuffles with Israeli forces who have used firebombs and teargas on protesters. On Wednesday, Capetonians are set to march to Parliament, in a protest organised by the MJC, Al Quds foundation and other solidarity organisations. In this programme, we ask how South Africa should respond? Pro-Palestinians activists say they are tired of empty meaningless lines from the South African government expressing its “support for Palestinians and the two state-solution”. As ANC branches are expected to meet at this week’s ANC Elective Conference in Johannesburg, what resolutions on Israel and Palestine should be taken?

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