FATAH asks EPRDF to boycott Africa-Israel summit

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Dr Uri Davis, member of the Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (FATAH) travelled to Addis Ababa and presented a letter to the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) requesting that they boycott the Africa-Israel summit which is scheduled to be held from October 16 to 20 in Togo’s capital of Lome.
The letter asked EPRDF to abstain from attending the summit to pressure Israel.
Dr Uri Davis told Capital, “We need the ruling party to boycott the summit this is not anti Jewish in anyway and it prevents and removes the ruling party of African countries from complicity with a crime by Israel against the Palestinians,’’ he said.
He added that he will also give the same kind of letter to the ruling parties of Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, Mali, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The summit which will focus on security, counter-terrorism, economic ties and cooperation in the fields of agriculture, health and education as well as new technology between African countries was scheduled to be held in September but due to the security issues it was postponed to October.
Capital asked Dr Uri Davis to give his opinion on the best solution to the Palestine and Israel conflict.
“The best solution is to respect the UN resolution but some politicians do not want to go along with the resolution,” he said.
The roots of the conflict between Palestine and Israel can be traced to the late 19th century, with the rise of national movements, including Zionism and Arab nationalism. Though the Jewish aspiration to return to Zion had been part of Jewish religious thought for more than a millennium, the Jewish population of Europe and to some degree Middle East began to more actively discuss immigration back to the Land of Israel, and the re-establishment of the Jewish Nation, only during 1859 to the 1880s, largely as a solution to the widespread persecution of Jews, and anti-semitism in Russia and Europe. As a result, the Zionist movement, the modern movement for the creation of a homeland for the Jewish people, was established as a political movement in 1897.