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Kudos to South Africa for engaging Hamas

The Media Review Network commends the South African government for engaging with the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

Whilst Israel and its Western patrons have ostracised Hamas, Pretoria has shown leadership by reaching out to Ismail Haneyah, leader of Hamas.

For Minister Pandor to reach out to Hamas is not only an important benchmark in how our foreign policy has evolved – a classic example of what Aziz Pahad described as “insurgent diplomacy”.

It also dispels the false propaganda propelled by the US and its Western allies that Hamas is a ‘terrorist’ organisation.

South Africa has an interest in backing the Resistance against Zionist settler colonialism and apartheid and this must not be allowed to be undermined by local Zionist organisations and their lackeys in the political sphere.

Whilst DIRCO has claimed that this diplomatic engagement was merely about assisting in getting humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinians in Gaza, we at MRN strongly believe it has the potential to be further developed.

This must be the first step in legitimizing Hamas as a representative of Palestinian aspirations for liberation from Zionist settler colonialism and for a sovereign state from the River to the Sea.

Embedded in this should be the deligitimisation of the Bantustan Authority in Ramallah and its ‘ambassadors’ the world over, including in Pretoria.

Issued by:
Dr Ahmed Haroon Jazbhay
Executive Member
Media Review Network
South Africa