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Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Publication date : 2013-12-06

PAJU Press Release

Montreal, December 6th, 2013

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) wishes to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, a proponent of the principle of human rights, the quintessential example of the nobility of the human spirit and the incarnation of the struggle of all oppressed peoples for their emancipation from the chains that bind them. ‘These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency,’ said Mandela upon accepting the Nobel Prize in 1993.

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

PAJU Press Release

Montreal, December 6th, 2013

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) wishes to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, a proponent of the principle of human rights, the quintessential example of the nobility of the human spirit and the incarnation of the struggle of all oppressed peoples for their emancipation from the chains that bind them. ‘These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency,’ said Mandela upon accepting the Nobel Prize in 1993.

This selflessness and commitment to humanity as a whole which marked Nelson Mandela’s entire life was nowhere more evident than in his support for the principle of Palestinian civil rights. On the International Day of Solidarity With The Palestinian people in 1997, Nelson Mandela said the following: ‘ I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood. We would be beneath our own reason for existence as a government and as a nation, if the resolution of the problems of the Middle East did not feature prominently on our agenda.’(1)

Nelson Mandela has marked history. He will never be forgotten. PAJU would like to take the opportunity at this time to remind the world that Marwan Barghouti, the ‘Palestinian Nelson Mandela’, a leading Palestinian political prisoner, has spent almost two decades of his life in an Israeli prison. Marwan Barghouti was the first Member of Parliament to be arrested by Israeli authorities who continue the same discriminatory apartheid practices that the apartheid regime in South Africa maintained.

Marwan Barghouti is a widely popular Palestinian leader and an advocate of peace based on international law. In remembering Nelson Mandela, it is incumbent upon the international community that it pressure Israel to release Marwan Barghouti from prison. Palestinian and Jewish Unity calls for an international campaign for the release of Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian Nelson Mandela.

(1) http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

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