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ANC Western Cape supports Asmal`s expression of solidarity with Palestine

ANC Western Cape supports Asmal`s expression of solidarity with Palestine

17 April 2002

Statement by ANC MPL and Chairperson of the Western Cape Legislature Standing Committee on Education, Yousuf Gabru:

The ANC members of the Standing Committee on Education in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament salute the Minister of Education, Kader Asmal for taking the intiative in expressing the solidarity of the South African Education Community with the people of Palestine.

The Israeli action in the occupied territories has been absolutely barbaric. The use of Palestinian educational institutions as military bases by the Israeli army is reminiscent of the time in our own liberation struggle when the apartheid army occupied our schools. The removal of all records from hospitals and educational institutions by the Israeli army shows that the Israeli occupation forces are deliberately trying to destroy the education system in Palestine. This is utterly uncivilised.

We call on the education community of the Western Cape to show their solidarity with the people of Palestine and to express our full support for Minister Asmal.

Yousuf Gabru can be contacted on 487 1745 or 083 457 5309

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape

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