Jewish Boad of Deputies says Hamas’ actions undermine peace efforts

todayOctober 18, 2023 71

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The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) says Hamas has deliberately undermined the prospects for peace between Palestine and Israel.

This as tensions in the Middle East intensify following last week’s unprecedented attack on Israel.

Just last night, 200 people were killed at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in the north of the Gaza strip.

The Israel Defense Force has, however, denied bombing the health facility, saying it knows who the culprits are.

The health facility housed some of the displaced people, patients and care givers in the area. It is also reported to have been one of the facilities facing evacuation orders from the Israeli military.

The Board of Deputies has also lambasted DIRCO Minister, Naledi Pandor, for allegedly offering support to Hamas.

The organisation says the Minister’s decision to reach out to Hamas shows the hollowness of government’s statements for peace.

National Chair of the Jewish Board, Professor Karen Milner, has sent her condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the conflict.

The attack on the hospital has been widely condemned by world leaders and humanitarian groups, including the UN.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has also called for a humanitarian pause to enable the delivery of aid to civilians.

The commission’s spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, says there are serious concerns about the accessibility of medical care for the thousands that are injured.

Shamdasani says the evacuation orders by the Israeli militant have left destitute victims with no food, access to clean water, sanitation and other basic needs.

Amnesty International SA has also added its voice in condemning the attack, that has claimed about 200 lives, on the AL Ahli Hospital.

Amnesty International SA’s Genevieve Quintal has reiterated the organisation’s call for Israel to lift its siege on Gaza.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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