Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal earlier today addressed the media after a bilateral meeting with the national officials of the ANC leadership
Media Review Network (MRN) chairperson Zaakir Mayet in a statement said the visit was long overdue, and notwithstanding the lapse of time, they were pleased that Hamas’ visit came “at a crucial time in the history of [their] freedom struggle”.
“Your hosts for this visit, the African National Congress-led government, must be commended for their courage in inviting you, in the face of strong opposition by the anti-Palestinian lobby in South Africa,” Mayet said to the visitors.
MRN took the opportunity to remind all “that the present uprisings across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip must not be seen as merely another ‘cycle of violence’. It is a continued struggle for national liberation that needs to be fulfilled”.
Their statement continued: “MRN subscribes to [values of justice, respect for humanitarian law and human rights for all who live in it, irrespective of race, creed or circumstances] and will always support [Hamas’] position, because it is in line with our own Freedom Charter adopted in Kliptown in 1955.”
Meanwhile, South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) has condemned “in the strongest terms possible the fact that a delegation representing the Hamas Central Committee will be visiting South Africa as the honoured guests of the ruling party”.
SAZF said: “Contrary to what is claimed, the ideology, values, aims and strategies of Hamas are diametrically opposed to the principles of the ANC, as embodied in the Freedom Charter. At its recent National General Council, the ANC reaffirmed its support for a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
“Unless the purpose of the ANC meeting with Hamas is aimed at radically moderating and aligning Hamas with the position of the South African Government then any such engagement will simply prove both futile and counter-productive to genuine efforts aimed at the peaceful resolution of the conflict,” SAZF argued.