Opinion and Editorial

Saeb Erekat was a patriot. His loss cannot be compensated

Farouk Araie
Filed on November 13, 2020
2A6XTA9 Washington DC, USA. 28th Oct, 2019. October 28, 2019 - Washington DC, United States: SAEB EREKAT speaking the J Street National Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Credit: Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

(ZUMA Press)

Consummate international diplomat and highly respected Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has passed away. He was an ardent believer in the capacity of the Palestinians to chart their own course onto the path of progress and prosperity. Many admired his wisdom and courage, his ability to make balanced decisions even in the most difficult and critical situations. He spent his life advocating for peace and human dignity for his people. A towering global leader and an unwavering champion of peace and justice. A great leader and diplomat extraordinaire, who had flown the flag for peace. He has done his deed, living his life to the fullest and inspiring a multitude of Palestinians to continue the struggle for justice. The best we can do to honour his tireless efforts in promoting social and political justice in Palestine is to continue exposing the injustices that exist and call for a renewed sense of quality for the masses. His life was spent in the service of the oppressed and exploited. He understood that true liberation can never be without the complete liberation of Palestine. It gives us a tiny thread of consolation that his memory has been preserved, immortalised in a significant way that will always be alive. He was a great patriot whose loss cannot be compensated.

May his departed soul rest in peace.

— Farouk Araie, South Africa

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