South Africa’s Anti-Israel Ruling Party Wants to Downgrade Jewish State’s Embassy

Palestinian activists stand infront of a graffiti as they participate in a protest against Israel at the north beach in Durban on March 10, 2013 ahead of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) from March 11 to 17, 2013 in South Africa. The annual international series of events includes rallies, lectures, …
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The Times of Israel reports: South Africa’s ruling party this week announced its intention of downgrading its embassy in Israel to an “interest office.”

At a major policy conference in Johannesburg, the African National Congress’s international relations committee decided on a number of recommendations to be adopted as official party policy later this year.

“The commission called for the downgrading of the South African embassy in Israel to send a strong message about Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine and the continued human rights abuses against the peoples of Palestine,” the commission’s chairperson announced Tuesday. Anti-Israel activists celebrated the move, while Israeli officials shrugged it off as a political policy recommendation that may never actually be implemented by the government.

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