Africans have accused the head of the continent’s regional body of condemning violence between Israelis and Palestinians while ignoring challenges facing Africa. Israel launched dozens of air strikes in Gaza on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, and Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday, May 11 strongly condemned “the bombardments in the Gaza Strip that killed more than 21 Palestinians, and the violent attacks in the Al-Aqsa mosque committed by Israeli security forces against Palestinian worshippers wounding some 300 worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan.”
“Israeli army’s actions, including the continued forced, illegal evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jeruslem, are in stark violation of international law and further heighten tensions in the region, complicating the search for a just and lasting solution,” The AUC Chair added in a statement.
Violence between Israelis and Palestinians approached all-out war on Tuesday as rocket attacks on Israeli cities and airstrikes in the Gaza Strip killed dozens, injured hundreds and left thousands of people on both sides cowering under day-long bombardments, according to news agencies.
Reacting to the AUC Chair’s statement, some Africans on twitter accused him of saying nothing on what’s happening under his nose (within the continent) but quick to condemn what’s happening miles away.
Some accused the AU of being silent on untold atrocities in Africa.
Others questioned the AU’s stand on challenges facing Africa.