06 November 2023
The human rights NGO Africa4Palestine welcomes the South African government’s decision today to recall all remaining South African diplomats from Israel.
This is in protest of, what the South African government has termed as, Israel’s “genocidal airstrikes” and the “holocaust being committed by the Israeli government against the Palestinians.”
In 2018 already, following the ruling party’s 54th National Congress resolution to downgrade diplomatic relations and the SA embassy in Israel to a liaison office, South Africa officially withdrew its ambassador from Israel. South Africa has not had an ambassador in Tel Aviv since 2018.
In the last month communities across South Africa as well as political parties (including the ANC, EFF, NFP, Good, PAC, Al Jama-ah, SACP, etc.) have all come out in unison against Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people. The move today by the South African government is a reflection of the South African peoples’ support for the Palestinians, for human rights and international law.
South Africa joins other countries including Colombia, Turkey, Bahrain, Bolivia, Chad and others who have taken similar diplomatic moves in the past week in protest against Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. South Africa, together with these countries, are on the right side of history. More countries of conscience should follow.
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