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Resolution on Palestine

7 April 2002

This summit of the Tripartite Alliance, comprising the African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO):

  1. The rapidly deteriorating situation in the Middle East, occasioned by Israeli state aggression against the state and people of Palestine, including the killing and maiming of civilians;

  2. The further occupation of Palestinian land and territory by the Israeli government, and the military siege of the home and offices of President Yasser Arafat;

  3. The violation by the Israeli government of UN Human Rights treaties and the Geneva Convention and protocols on the treatment of civilians and prisoners of war;

  4. The efforts of the Arab States, the United Nations (UN), the UN Security Council and several other governments, including the government of South Africa, to finding a lasting peaceful solution in the Middle East; and,

And Believing that,
  1. The actions of the Israeli government constitute a grave threat to world peace and security;

  2. These actions, in the context of the continued denial to the Palestinian people of the right to national self-determination, is an affront to the dignity of humanity;

  3. The plight of the Palestinian people should be the concern of all the world’s people, regardless of race, nationality, religion or class;

  4. The heightened violence in the region, including attacks against both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, endangers efforts to create a climate conducive to peace;

This Summit therefore,
  1. Expresses its outrage at the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands in blatant violation of international law and human morality;

  2. Condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces which includes extra-judicial killings, the wanton destruction of infrastructure, government installations and Palestinian homes;

  3. Expresses its support for the Peace Plan proposed by the Arab States that recently met in Lebanon;

  4. Calls for the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), led by President Yasser Arafat, and the government of Israel to resolve the problems peacefully;

  5. Calls on the government of Israel to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally lift the Israeli siege of the home and offices of President Yasser Arafat and the complete withdrawal of all Israeli occupation forces from Palestinian territory;
  2. Implement United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1402 and 1403 stipulating immediate Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestine;
  3. Accept President Yasser Arafat as the legitimate representative of the people of Palestine and as a central interlocutor in the critical process of finding a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East;
  1. Calls on the United States government to use its influence to promote the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and the peace plan of the Arab States;

  2. Calls on the UN Security Council and the international community to take appropriate action in the instance of an Israeli refusal to comply with Resolutions 1402 and 1403;

  3. Calls for a cessation of all hostilities, and an end to attacks from all sides, as part of the process of creating a climate conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Middle East problems;

  4. Urges all South Africans to join the people of Africa and the world in campaigning for the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Middle East, and act in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

  5. Resolves to urgently mobilise all components of the Alliance at all levels to undertake, in concert with other sectors of society, a programme of action in support of this resolution

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The Tripartite Alliance

The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.