Johannesburg - Former South African ambassador to Israel Ismail Coovadia says it is imperative that South Africans recognise the struggle of Palestinians.
Coovadia joined the diplomatic corps on Thursday morning in at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) in Pretoria to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The event hosted by the Embassy of the State of Palestine, the United Nation's SA information centre and the Department of Arts and Culture was also used to celebrate the legacies of the former South African president Nelson Mandela and former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.
It has been 30 years since Arafat proclaimed the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
While Arafat met Mandela almost two weeks after he was from Robben Island, the two late leaders had continuously emphasised the need for solidarity between the two states.