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Don’t support apartheid

I am the Secretary of Caribbean Against Apartheid in Palestine, which is based in Barbados. It has recently been brought to my attention that in the 25th November 2022 [Vol. 15 No. 04] Edition of your newspaper, there was a two-page article captioned “Questionable Palestinian Envoy to the Caribbean Accepted as Diplomat to Grenada”, by one Zara Chase.

With your permission I would like to pen a very short response to this ill-researched and ill-founded rant. None other than the late irreproachable Nelson Mandela of South Africa, is on record as saying “The histories of our two peoples, Palestinian and South African, correspond in such painful and poignant ways.”

Any defence of the actions of Israel in Palestine, is support for an apartheid regime. It is most unfortunate that Zara Chase writes about issues of which she evidently knows nothing. Very much in keeping with the enslavers of our Caribbean ancestors, and those who supported apartheid in South Africa, she quotes Biblical Texts to justify her support for racism.

As Nelson Mandela said, the situation today in Palestine is no different to the apartheid days in South Africa. Just as in apartheid South Africa, Israel is a neo-colonial project using settler colonialism to steal the land of the indigenous peoples, via the use of grotesque human rights violations. Prior to this Zionist project, Jews, Muslims, and Christians, lived harmoniously together for centuries in Palestine.

The Grenadian Government, far from being condemned for its stance against apartheid in Palestine, ought to be applauded to the utmost.

I end with another quote from the venerable Nelson Mandela: “If one has to refer to any of the parties as a terrorist state, one might refer to the Israeli government, because they are the people who are slaughtering defenceless and innocent Arabs in the occupied [Palestinian] territories, and we don’t regard that as acceptable… All of us need to do more in supporting the struggle of the people of Palestine for self-determination”.

Lalu Hanuman