Johannesburg - As Israelis headed to the polls on Tuesday, Palestinian politicians and activists appealed to South Africa to help them stave off the annexation of their land.
Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative political party and author, Ramzy Baroud, are both in South Africa to meet trade unions, civil society and government to lobby against Israel’s military of occupation of Palestine, the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service reported.
With the election of a right-wing government imminent in Israel, Barghouti warned that the worst system of what he described as apartheid would become more entrenched.
“We need South Africa’s solidarity more than any time before,” he said speaking in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg on Tuesday night.
Barghouti also called on the South African government to fully implement the ANC’s resolution to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv.