Support for Palestinians in Senegal, Libya, South Africa and Kenya
Israel massed tanks and armored vehicles along the Gaza Strip on Thursday with the Defense Ministry giving the military the green light to mobilize 9,000 reservists.
The IDF shelled Hamas targets overnight. The movement fired hundreds of rockets in response.
The conflict is accompanied by an escalation between Arabs and Jews in several mixed cities of Israel.
The opposition has criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming he is letting the situation get out of hand.
The real victims of the violence are Palestinian civilians who suffer most from these strikes.
At least 103 Palestinians were killed and 621 injured. Hundreds more fled their homes last night – according to witnesses on the ground.
In contrast, authorities in Gaza report only seven deaths in Israeli territory.
Several African countries – including Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria have already condemned the disproportionately deadly response by Israeli forces to the initial attack on Gaza sparked by the unrest inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Senegalese President Macky Sall also spoke on the occasion of the celebrations of Lailat al Miraj (Al-Isra). In a televised address, the head of state encouraged peace in alignment with the holy feast.
“This is the time to pray for world peace, peace in Palestine and in Israel, and we take this opportunity to call for de-escalation so that peace can return and healthy and calm discussions can take place. between these two communities in accordance with international law. “
– Kenyan Muslims raise their voices for Palestine –
In addition, hundreds of Kenyan Muslims gathered in Nairobi to show their support for the Palestinians. They denounced the most intense hostilities in seven years between Israel and armed groups in Gaza.
Hussein Khalid, a local activist, has made his position as a Kenyan Muslim citizen clear.
“We are here today because injustice everywhere is injustice everywhere. We want to tell our government to end all diplomatic relations because Israel oppresses the poor, the weak, the marginalized and we are telling our government that.
“The government of Kenya, we are a beacon of peace in East Africa, and in Africa we cannot partner with an oppressive regime. We say to the whole world, the UN and everyone: Free and free Palestine! Free and free Palestine! “
The protests were then dispersed by riot police using tear gas on the passionate activists.
– Mixed feelings on Palestinian support in South Africa –
Elsewhere in Cape Town, South Africa, Chief Mandla Mandela on behalf of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), in a rally of support, quoted his iconic anti-apartheid freedom-fighting grandfather, Nelson, “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people “.
In power since the white supremacist apartheid regime was overthrown in 1994, the ANC has always had a pro-Palestine stance.
Earlier this week, the South African government condemned the attacks on Palestinian Muslims gathered for worship at the al-Aqsa Mosque and reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution on the underlying issue.
Mandla Mandela called on his government to close the South African embassy in Tel Aviv and sever all diplomatic relations with Israel. “We need to shut it down completely and make sure we have an embassy in Ramallah, Palestine.”
Nelson Mandela’s words were recited again this week: “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people.” This time by her grandson, the leader of ANC MP Mandla Mandela, at a rally in support of the Palestinians in Cape Town.
A sentiment echoed by the political party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
However, the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), does not appear to share the position expressed. MEP Darren Bergman said: “The best we can do in South Africa is to call for peace. Our government has already taken a stand and I don’t think that is helping to improve the situation. Our condemnation must be on both sides. ”
In a statement, the Desmond Tutu Foundation called for an end to decades of support for the apartheid regime in Israel.
– Libyan Muslims pray for Palestinians –
Muslims in Libya – after performing the Eid al-Fitr prayers, also organized a rally in support of Palestinians in Martyrs Square in Tripoli.
As many Muslims and non-Muslims across the African continent and around the world within the international community publicly condemn the Israeli bombing of Gaza and call for peace on behalf of the Palestinian people.