Below you will find Nelson Mandela’s 1997 address at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, as well as five relevant videos:
Address by President Nelson Mandela at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People4 December 1997, Pretoria
Mr. Suleyman al-Najab,
Special Emissary of President Yasser Arafat;
Members of the diplomatic corps;
“We have assembled once again as South Africans, our Palestinian guests and as humanists to express our solidarity with the people of Palestine.
“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the organisers of the event, particularly the United Nations Information Centre and the UNISA Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies for this magnificent act of compassion, to keep the flames of solidarity, justice and freedom burning.
“The temptation in our situation is to speak in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine to a state of their own.