Algeria advocates drawing lessons from Rwandan genocide regarding Gaza

Algeria advocates drawing lessons from Rwandan genocide regarding Gaza
Photo: Skull and Belongings of Genocide Victims, Kigali Genocide Memorial Center / Courtesy: Creative Commons/Adam Jones

Dignitaries from around the world, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, where approximately 800,000 individuals lost their lives within a span of 100 days.

In a speech, Rwanda’s president placed much of the blame on the international community. 

"It was the international community which failed all of us, whether from contempt or cowardice," he asserted.

Reports indicate that Algeria's foreign minister reflected on the ongoing suffering of Palestinians in Gaza during the ceremony, suggesting it should prompt contemplation on the lessons derived from the Rwandan genocide.

Israel's six-month bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of over 30,000 Palestinians, displacement of the majority of the population, and widespread food insecurity, has been accused of violating the Genocide Convention.

Several nations, including the U.S., have urged restraint. While Canada, Japan, Spain, and others have ceased arms sales to Israel, the United States and Germany continue to provide weaponry, which are employed in Gaza.

Attaf, representing President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, participated in the ceremony to reaffirm Algeria's unwavering solidarity with the Republic of Rwanda.

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