Jewish Groups Condemn African National Congress' Downgrading Ties with Israel

Robert Remen

This unprecedented move comes amid severe worldwide backlash following US President Donald Trump's declaration that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The African National Congress (ANC) in North West welcomes the resolution made by South Africa's ruling party during its national conference to expropriate land without compensation, provincial secretary Dakota Legoete said on Thursday.

The ANC further stated that it concurred "with the PLO leader, General Jibril Rajoub, who was at our conference where (he) explained that the downgrade of the SA Embassy in Israel will 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 decision comes one day ahead of an emergency session at the United Nations General Assembly where its 193 members will vote on a draft resolution calling on Washington to reverse its declaration on Jerusalem.

The decision was announced at the ANC's National Conference in Johannesburg late on Wednesday night.

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 worldwide law".

Separately, the move angered the South African Board of Jewish Deputies and South African Zionist Federation.

"Maintaining diplomatic relations with Israel allows our country to continue to engage with Israel on issues of mutual interest, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict", Ramaphosa said at the time.

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".

Any mention of nationalisation in South Africa is enough to spook investors since left-wing elements of the ANC have also called for mines and banks to be state-owned.

"This downgrade will do nothing for the Palestinian people‚ and have a detrimental effect on South Africans".

"We said we would buy it when we have money without benefiting the speculators", he said.

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