WJC condemns ANC decision to downgrade South African Embassy in Israel

South Africa's ANC downgrades Israeli Embassy in solidarity with Palestinians

The human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa joins fellow South Africans in welcoming the decision by South Africa's governing party, the ANC, to immediately and unconditionally downgrade SA's embassy in Israel to a liaison office.

The proposal comes ahead of a U.N. General Assembly vote Thursday on a resolution urging President Donald Trump to rescind his decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

According to New York-based journal Algemeiner, the ANC said that it was in agreement with Palestine's Jibril Rajoub who had asserted at the conference that the downgrade "will send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of global law".

The ANC said their move would "send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of worldwide law".

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation have both expressed their dismay at the decision, calling it a "discriminatory role".

Two members of Hamas' political bureau - Mohamed Nazzal and Maher Obeid - have been attending the ANC conference, which began on Saturday.

"South African Jews feel betrayed by the liberation movement of the ANC structures and are deeply disappointed that they were persuaded by those with obsession to vilify the Jewish state", the statement concluded.

Singer warned that the move would have "negative repercussions for South Africa and simultaneously undermine prospects for advancing peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians". If he also succeeds President Jacob Zuma as the country's next president, Ramaphosa faces the arduous task of fixing an economy beset by poverty, unemployment and inequality as well as land inequity, food insecurity, stagnant growth and a growing fiscal deficit.

"Without addressing this historic injustice, we will never have peace in the country".

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