In just 6 days Israel has killed 92 Palestinians (of which 24 are children) and injured 740 (of which 252 are children) in the Gaza strip, commonly referred to as the world's largest open air prison due to the illegal blockade Israel has imposed on the civilian population of about 1.7 million.
ANC chairperson, Baleka Mbete said at the October ANC International Solidarity Conference that the situation of the Palestinians is "far worse" than the conditions were under apartheid. The recent ANC National Policy Conference at Gallagher Estate was also very clear that the "ANC is unequivocal in its support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, and unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel."
In line with this ANC position and in protest of Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip, we are calling on the South African government to:
A) Immediately recall the South African ambassador from Tel Aviv.
B) Expel the Israeli ambassador from Pretoria.
C) Impose broad-based boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel until it ends its violence against the Palestinian people, abides to international law and respects human rights.
The situation is critical. We cannot in good conscience allow Israel to carry on with its policy of Apartheid without showing strong condemnation for its actions, and not merely through our words, but also through our actions. ACT NOW.
- The President of the Republic of South Africa
President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
- Private Secretary to the President
Ms Ntoeng Sekhoto
- Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Ms Maite E Nkoana-Mashabane
Expel the Israeli Ambassador from the Republic of South Africa.
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