Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
THE Zimbabwean Government on Tuesday affirmed its solidarity with the suffering masses of the State of Palestine who are being brutalised everyday by the Israeli apartheid.
Harare made the undertaking at celebrations to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people held at Palestine Embassy in Belgravia.
The Embassy of the State of Palestine held the event in partnership with the Women Writers Support Network –Africa.
Speaking at the celebrations, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Kindness Paradza condemned the brutal killings of the Palestinian people.
“Zimbabwe stands in solidarity with the people of the State of Palestine as the two countries continue to cement their bilateral relations. We condemn what is happening in Palestine, the atrocities which are being perpetrated against the Palestinian people and we support the Palestinian people in their fight. We want to work together to improve our bilateral relations,” he said.
Deputy Minister Paradza said as a Ministry and Government they condemn the recent killing of Palestinian occupation journalist Shireen Abu Akich who was assassinated by the Israeli army. He added that Zimbabwe and Palestine share the same history of oppression.
Palestine Ambassador to Zimbabwe Tamer Almassri said the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people was a very special day as it highlights the atrocities they are suffering at the hands of Israeli. He called on all countries to stand with the people of the State of Palestine who are mere victims.
“This day is a reminder to the international community that the Palestinian people are paying the cost of the absence of justice in Palestine. We pay the cost because the United Nations imposed the resolution 181, that created Israel, in our land, the holy land of Palestine, but they didn’t apply the second part of the resolution which was to establish the Palestinian State. There is no justice, our struggle is continuous until we end the Israel apartheid, until we achieve independence.
“We are sending a very strong message to the United Nations organisations to stop dealing with Israel as a super power. They should be held accountable for their atrocities against the people of Palestine. On Tuesday they killed two boys for no reason, 18 and 19-year-old boys, they were brothers. This should stop and the world cannot continue to turn a blind eye as the people of Palestine continue to suffer at the hands of Israel apartheid. We have discovered that some countries have double standards. They open their eyes to things happening to other parts of the world and blind them to what is happening in Palestine,” said Ambassador Almassri.
The UN officials at the event were also saddened by the events unfolding in the State of Palestine and emphasised the importance of peace and dialogue.
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian is observed annually on November 29 to educate the public on the question of Palestine and support a peaceful settlement.