The African National Congress (ANC), the governing party of South Africa, declared on Thursday, its endorsement of a parliamentary resolution advocating for the closure of the Israeli embassy within the country.
Later today, the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), intends to introduce a motion, urging not only the closure of the Israeli embassy but also the suspension of all diplomatic ties with Israel. This proposal is rooted in solidarity with the Palestinian people, particularly in light of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
South Africa’s steadfast backing of the Palestinian cause traces its roots to the era of former President Nelson Mandela, drawing parallels between the struggles of Palestinians and South Africa’s challenges before the conclusion of apartheid in 1994. It’s important to note that Israel dismisses this comparison.
In a formal statement, the African National Congress (ANC) has announced its commitment to endorsing a parliamentary motion. This motion urges the South African government to shut down the Israeli Embassy and halt all diplomatic relations with Israel, contingent upon Israel’s agreement to a ceasefire.