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Govt donates US$500 000 to Palestine

Govt donates US$500 000 to Palestine

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Editor

GOVERNMENT has donated US$500 000 to the State of Palestine as an expression of solidarity in the wake of the ongoing Israeli onslaught.

As the conflict in the Gaza strip continues unabated despite global calls for a ceasefire the government of Zimbabwe handed over US$500 000 to the Palestinian representative in Zimbabwe, His Excellency Tamer Almassri this Thursday.

The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava saying Zimbabwe condemns the atrocities in Gaza and will continue to support the people of Palestine.

“Zimbabwe condemns these atrocities, we must continue to sympathize with the people in Gaza particularly and in Palestine in general. We are very saddened by the continued suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. We hope that this will be resolved sooner than later and we want to play our part, especially in the relief that is provided to the Gaza population who are under such stress.

“Zimbabwe would like to make a contribution, food and medicinal supplies. In this regard, I am glad to say that the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has authorised the government to contribute an amount of money specifically for use in Gaza and to assist the suffering population that is in the Gaza Strip. We are happy to say that the United Nations Relief Fund will today give you a symbolic check while the actual $500,000 is being transmitted to our office in New York for onward handover to the UN for Gaza,” he said.

His Excellency Tamer Almassri expressed gratitude to Zimbabwe for the donation.

“The position and the support of Zimbabwe is highly appreciated, and as you know, we are not talking here as only diplomats, but we are partners in the struggle, and we are comrades. As you know, Zimbabwe is very close to Palestine, not only in the past struggle but also in the current situation, because both countries, Palestine and Zimbabwe, are suffering from collective punishment. So, the donation of half a million dollars for the UNRWA, I think the Palestinian people will be very happy and it will be highly appreciated, because we will notice that it doesn’t come from a normal country.

“It comes from a country which is under sanctions, which is close to a siege, and this message, warm message of solidarity, I think it will reach every Palestinian child, especially in Gaza Strip, and every Palestinian woman. I want to thank you for this opportunity, and also, I want to thank the government, the leadership of Zimbabwe, led by His Excellency Comrade Dr Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa for his support to the Palestinian cause and also to our embassy,” he said.

Close to 35 000 people have been killed in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority is hoping the United Nations Security Council to debate its renewed formal request made earlier this week for full membership in the United Nations.

For Palestine to be recognised as a full member of the UN, it will need approval from the Security Council and a two-thirds majority to be approved by the General Assembly.

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