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Nyong’o calls for AU to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza

By Mercy Simiyu November 14th, 2023 2 min read

Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o has asked African countries to ‘break’ diplomatic ties with Israel in the wake of the war with Palestine.

In a statement dated November 14, 2023, Nyong’o condmened Israel’s attack on Palestine in a war that has killed hundreds of innocent people, including children.

He said: “We appeal to progressive forces in Africa, under the leadership of the African Union (AU) to encourage member governments to promptly terminate diplomatic connections with Israel in solidarity with our associates in Gaza and the West Bank.”

This move, the county boss said, was aimed at expressing support for the people in Gaza and the West Bank.

He pointed out the growing concern that Israel, contrary to the interests of progressive forces in the Arab world, is contemplating a significant and violent invasion of Gaza and the West Bank.

“It is evident that Israel, against the interests of progressive forces in the Arab world and even within Israel, is contemplating a significant and violent invasion of Gaza and the West Bank,” the county boss statement explains in part.

The Governor called for an end to the conflict between Israeli forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

He urged both parties “to return, without preconditions, to the negotiating table to implement the principle of two States living side by side.”

The governor’s call for diplomatic action aligns with previous statements from AU boss Moussa Faki, who, in October 2023, attributed the conflict to the denial of fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.

Faki’s remarks were widely interpreted as the AU expressing support for Palestine. The ongoing conflict, marked by previous conflicts between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, has resulted in widespread death and destruction in Gaza, along with days of rocket fire on Israeli towns.

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