Leila Khaled has had a wonderful South African trip thus far, with huge support from the liberation movement and ruling party, the ANC as well as from the thousands of supporters across the country from Pretoria to PE, Nelspruit to Newcastle, Cape Town to Soweto. South Africa, through showing such respect towards Leila Khaled, has placed itself on the right side of history. South African leaders have not succumbed to pro-Israeli groups that have tried to influence leaders into rejecting comrade Leila Khaled. Clearly no amount of money or free trips/holidays (to Israel) have been able to turn South Africa’s leadership against BDS South Africa and the oppressed people of Palestine. Indeed Leila Khaled’s attendance of SONA will be historic and also a show of gratitude from her to the South African people who have been so hospitable to her during the past few days.
Leila Khaled’s presence at SONA should be seen as a clear sign that South Africa is a friend of Palestine and that no pro-Israeli lobby or interest group can change this fact. This position is not an accident, but one which was adopted by South Africa the moment Nelson Mandela became president in 1994. The BDS movement has been overwhelmed by the massive support and response of the South African people, the media, the ruling ANC party and South African Government to Leila Khaled during her BDS trip. The BDS movement and Leila Khaled would like to thank the thousands of people who have assisted in making her time here such a special experience.
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