by Nelima Kerré • As the violence in Gaza entered its 11th day, more people are speaking out against the violence which has claimed the lives of many innocent civilians. Among those condemning the violence are our beloved African leaders.
On Dec 29th, The African Union issued this press statement on Gaza;
The Commission of the African Union (AU) is following with great concern the prevailing situation in the Gaza Strip.
The Commission strongly condemns the ongoing air raids on the Gaza Strip by Israel, since 27 December 2008, which has resulted so far in the death of more than 300 Palestinians, while about 1,000 others, including women and children, have been injured.
Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade in his capacity as President-in-Office of the Organization of Islamic conference (OCI) condemned the Israeli air strikes on Gaza as “unacceptable”. The acting president of the OIC demands that Israel immediately stop the air bombardments and abstains from all attacks on the Palestinian territory.
“The South African government unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms condemns the escalation of violence on the part of Israel brought about by the launching Saturday night of a ground invasion into Gaza,” read a statement issued by the foreign affairs department after the begin of israels ground offensive.
The Sudanese government strongly condemned Israeli air raids and called on the UN Security Council and the world society to shoulder their responsibility and exert pressures on Israel to stop the aggressions and lift its blockade against the Palestinian people. The ruling < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Congress_%28Sudan%29" target="_blank">National Congress Party issued a statement, denouncing that the Israeli aggressions using the American weapons has demonstrated the savagery and barbarianism of the military mechanism of Israel.
Egypt condemned the Israeli attacks, but Egypt’s foreign minister, < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Aboul_Gheit" target="_blank">Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that Egypt has long warned Hamas that this would be Israel’s response should Qassam fire continue.
Libyan leader < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_al-Gaddafi" target="_blank">Muammar al-Gaddafi has accused fellow Arab leaders of adopting a “cowardly” response to Israel’s deadly bombardment of Gaza, and vowed to boycott an Arab summit on the crisis called for later this week. “Peace negotiations were a failed attempt, this is our reality. As long as we are unable to be free and unable to stop the attacks and the massacres, what will you do at this convention? The best answer is to revoke what is called the Arab peace initiative.”
I would also urge them to strongly condemn the violence in their own backyards starting with Darfur, Congo, and Zimbabwe.