CIR mourns Kathrada, friend of Mandela and Palestinian people

Council on International Relations – Palestine mourned Ahmed Kathrada who died on Tuesday in Johannesburg.

The Cir said in a press release that the Palestinian people lost a truly friend who stood by Palestine, especially in the prisoners’ issue.

The council conveyed its sincere condolences to Kathrada’s family, president Jacob Zuma, the people of South Africa and ANC, saying that the Palestinian people is still fighting for their freedom as the people of South Africa did to achieve peace and freedom.

Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison, many of them alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, for resisting the apartheid system of white minority rule in South Africa, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 87.

CIR: McGuinness death big loss for Palestine

Council on International Relations in Palestine expressed its deep sadness over the death of Martin McGuinness, an icon of the Irish issue and Sinn Féin party.

In a press release, the council said that Palestine lost one of the key figures in Northern Ireland who fought for achieving justice and peace  for the Irish people.

“It is with deep regret and sadness that we have learnt of the death of our friend Martin McGuinness,” the council added.

The CIR conveyed the Palestinian people’s condolences to McGuinness’ family noting that he was keen on expressing Sinn Féin ‘s support for the Palestinian people and their just rights.

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.

CIR praises U.N. agency report about “Israel” being apartheid regime

Council on International Relations in Palestine praised the report (E/ESCWA/ECRI/2017/1) published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on Wednesday.

In a press release, the CIR welcomed the report that accused “Israel” of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people.

The council said that what the report included the Palestinian people confirmed for ages through the facts on the ground and the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation.

” This Israeli apartheid regime is destined to end as the apartheid regime in South Africa ended” the CIR added.

The council called on all countries around the world to adopt the report and to isolate this regime.

On Wednesday, the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) accused in a report (E/ESCWA/ECRI/2017/1) “Israel” of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly made the charge.