The South African Government has expressed its concern regarding the increased violence and heightened tensions in Jerusalem, particularly at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the restrictions placed on religious sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement that it strongly condemns the attacks against Palestinians, especially at a time of religious importance for all faiths in the region.
“We appeal to the Government of Israel to allow Palestinians their right to worship and gather for prayers in peace. We reaffirm that the holy sites in Jerusalem and the status quo around these sites must be respected.
“These blatant violations of human rights and international law, which have been taking place for more than 70 years should no longer be condoned and the international community, including the United Nations Security Council that is tasked with maintaining international peace and security, must act to ensure that states are held accountable for their actions,” the Department said.
The Department went on to say that the South African government calls for consistency from the international community and institutions of global governance in upholding the international rule of law.
“South Africa is committed to being part of international efforts aimed at reviving a much needed political process that will lead to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state existing side by side in peace with Israel, and within internationally recognised borders that include sovereign equality between States,” the Department added.
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