PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON JERUSALEM
IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday evening that the United States is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that it intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv has been universally condemned as illegal in terms of numerous decisions of the UN Security Council as well as under international treaties including the Geneva Conventions.
Given his propensity for reckless and unilateral actions, Mr Trump and the Israeli government may not have anticipated the backlash that will reverberate around the international community. The announcement is likely to become a watershed event in 21st century history, and may yet mark the end of US financial and military hegemony around the world.
That Zionism is a form of apartheid and that Israel is an apartheid state that repeatedly commits war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Palestinian people is now thoroughly documented.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court confirms apartheid to be a crime against humanity, and legal authorities now also increasingly concur that Israeli government conduct towards Palestinians meets the legal criteria of genocide.
South Africa’s own liberation from the system of apartheid was a consequence of international solidarity, especially banking sanctions, with our struggle against racial oppression. President Nelson Mandela famously declared that South Africans would not be truly free until Palestinians are free.
Accordingly, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls upon the South African government to take the international lead at the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and other organisations to implement suspension of international financial transactions to and from Israeli banks until the Israeli government agrees:
- To release immediately all Palestinian political prisoners,
- To end its occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza, and that it will dismantle the “apartheid wall,”
- To recognize the fundamental rights of Arab-Palestinians to full equality in Israel-Palestine, and
- To acknowledge the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
The PSC further urges Capetonians of all communities – particularly Christians and Jews as well as Muslims — to demonstrate their commitments to universal human rights as enshrined in the Constitution as well as in our own struggle.
A placard demonstration in support of the people of Palestine will be held tomorrow Friday 8 December from 14:00 to 15:30 outside St George’s Cathedral in Wale Street. Further demonstrations and events will be announced in coming days.
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