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The vote by the South African Parliament to sever ties with Israel was criticized.

The vote by the South African Parliament to sever ties with Israel was criticized.

Chief whip of the ruling African National Congress, Pemmy Majodina, speaks to parliamentarians in Cape Town, South Africa, November 21, 2023.


In Johannesburg, South Africa
The decision by the South African parliament to sever diplomatic ties with Israel has been condemned by both the country’s largest opposition party and the primary Jewish representative organization. A majority of parliamentarians supported the resolution to close the Israeli embassy in Pretoria due to the Israeli government’s conduct in Gaza.

Tuesday’s contentious session of South Africa’s parliament saw every member of the ruling African National Congress, which has a long history of supporting the Palestinians, vote in favor of severing relations with Israel.

The resolution, which was first proposed by the extreme opposition group the Economic Freedom Fighters, was approved, and many people started singing and wearing Palestinian scarves.

Although the vote is not legally binding, the administration must now determine whether to proceed with the motion or not. Vincent Magwenya, a spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa, read a statement.

“The president acknowledges and values the advice from the parliament regarding our diplomatic ties with Israel, especially concerning the standing of the Israeli Embassy in South Africa,” stated Magwenya.

“The National Executive continues to be responsible for the matter, which is being discussed by the President and Cabinet.”

The leaders of the BRICS group of developing countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—met virtually on the day of the vote to discuss the situation in the Middle East, where Gaza health officials report that at least 11,000 people have died as a result of Israeli military operations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa both referred to Israeli operations in Gaza as “collective punishment” during the BRICS summit.

“It is akin to genocide to deliberately deny medicine, fuel, food, and water to the people of Gaza,” declared Ramaphosa.

The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s biggest opposition party, abstained from voting on the resolution. Following the incident, Emma Powell, the shadow minister for international relations and cooperation, issued a warning, stating that severing links would impact South Africa’s representative office in Ramallah and deny emergency consular services to thousands of South Africans living in Israel.

Powell declared, “The ANC have completely imprisoned our own citizens, leaving them without any means of obtaining diplomatic support from their government.”

It was not possible to reach the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria for comment. In preparation for the legislative vote, Israel’s ambassador was called back to Israel for talks.

The decision made by parliament was regretted by Mary Kluk, vice president of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, an umbrella group that represents the sizable Jewish community in the nation.

“This vote had nothing to do with peace, and the chanting of ‘From the River to the Sea,’ a clear call for the destruction of the Jewish state,’ when I was watching on television confirmed it to me,” Kluk stated.

Regarding possible war crimes in Gaza, South Africa has recently reported Israel to the International Criminal Court.

source: wedeytrend.com

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