The Platform for African Culture and Development (PACUD) and the Centre for Policy Intervention in Africa (CEPIA) have held a virtual international colloquium on Palestinian–Israeli crisis.
Moderated by former Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) Secretary-General Mr Owei Lakemfa, the colloquium was themed: Land, Promise and Quest for Justice.
General Ishola Williams, who retired as Commander of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the think-tank of the Nigerian Army, said the world was built on a philosophy that might is right.
He urged the Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) to close ranks.
According to him, some Arab countries are being bought over to the side of the Israelis.
Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) which drives the global Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, explained that the struggle in the region is not a Palestinian one, but a universal one for humanity.
He said Africa with its rich heritage of struggles against racism and apartheid, was in a position to fight for the Palestinian rights.
Albie Walls of the All Africa Revolutionary Party in Ghana lamented the killing of Palestinians, occupying their territory and subjugating them to endless siege.
He likened the issue in the Palestine to armed robbers invading a house, killing some members of the family and forcing the rest out of the house.
This, he said, was not a conflict, but genocide.
“It is not a question of making peace between two warring parties, but stopping the genocide against the Palestinian people,” Walls said.
Maren Mantovani, who has been working for Palestinian movements and coalitions since 2002, said Israel runs an apartheid regime in the region.
She pointed out that with Africa’s votes at the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinians should have an overwhelming majority.
Sheikh Abdul Fatah Thanni took participants back to the Balfour Declaration where “Britain sought to give away what it did not own.”
He pointed out that Jews are not Zionists and that the latter is just using them to perpetrate their agenda. He said that those who claim to be driving democracy in the world like the United States (USA) and Europe have a duty to stop Zionism.
Kunle Adegoke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) posited that the issue in Palestine was “about genocide; a war of annexation to wipe out a part of humanity.” He said since the America is the backbone of Israel, boycotting Israeli products without boycotting American products, will not be effective as the latter would always sabotage such efforts.
Adegoke argued that America has a history of subverting democratic cultures and democracy as it did On September 11, 1973 against the Salvador Allende government in Chile in favour of the butcher, General Augusto Pinochet.
The international community, he argued, must force the American establishment to accept the needed transformation in the Palestine..
Ramzi Abu Ibrahim, member of the Palestinian Community in Lagos, said the Palestinians have been suffering for 72 years.
Many of them, he said, have been forced to be refugees roaming the world.
Benjamin Ladraa from Solidarity Arising, Sweden narrated how the Israeli state stopped him from entering the Palestine for his solidarity work.
He suggested that activists in all countries should focus on raising awareness on the Palestinian struggles.
He condemned the occupation of the Palestine and the denial of the people their rights to self-determination.