By Kouthar Sambo
The Patriotic Alliance (PA) labeled Dr Allan Boesak as “ungrateful” following his rejection of having a street named after him.
Speaking on VOC’s Drive Time show earlier today, the anti-Apartheid activist, academic, and cleric said while this is a huge honour, he is not willing to be “honoured” at the expense of those suffering.
“When I saw the PA’s deputy president, Kenny Kunene over the weekend and heard that Mr.Mckenzie supports Israel, I was shocked, even though I knew they visited Israel, I did not think they would come up so publicly in such fervent support of the Israeli Apartheid state,” said an admanent Boesak.
And clearly, elaborated Boesak, the Israeli state is a state engaged in war to “exterminate the people of Palestine.”
“My first reaction was that I cannot be associated with this, and I cannot allow my feelings of being honoured this way if the honour comes from a political party that is doing this to the people of Palestine,” added Boesak.
“My involvement in solidarity with Palestine has been a very long one, and I have no intention of making that solidarity dented or diverted because they think this is something I need to be grateful for – not at the cost of the lives of Palestinians,” asserted Boesak.