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Israel to summon SA Ambassador for reprimand: BDS SA

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South Africa’s Ambassador Sisa Ngombane has been “summoned”, according to Israeli media reports, following the recent #IsraeliApartheidWeek campaign in SA. According to the Israeli publication, Jerusalem Online: “The Israeli Foreign Ministry has stated that South Africa’s ambassador to Israel will be summoned for an official reprimand following anti-Israeli remarks made by two senior officials in the South African government.”

The two officials, according to the publication, are ANC DSG Jessie Duarte and ANC NEC Member as well as SA Minister of Water Nomvula Mokonyane, both of whom recently spoke at Palestine solidarity events forming part of the annual #IsraeliApartheidWeek campaign.

Duarte, speaking in Klerksdorp, demanded that South Africans should not fight in the Israeli Defence Force. Mokonyane, speaking at Stellenbosch University, said that the Israeli army is a “murderous machine” and accused Israel of “water apartheid” against the Palestinians.

“There are two faces to the Israeli water story. The first is widely and extensively marketed. This is that technologically and in practice, Israel is a leading water innovations country with an excellent track record in water research, inventions, practices and products that are exported worldwide. At the same time Israel has been using water and the control of water access as a tool to control the Palestinian state….Israel is the world’s leading practitioner in Water Apartheid,” said Mokonyane.

The Israeli Embassy has previously attacked South Africa’s governing party falsely accusing the ANC of anti-Semitism. BDS South Africa said the latest action of Israel summoning the South African ambassador is both an insult to the ANC governing party and the State as well as interference within South Africa.

“As a civil society organization part of a larger human rights movement we give our full support and backing to Jessie Duarte and Nomvula Mokonyane and all those who are attacked for being critical of Israel’s Apartheid policies,” said BDS.

The Israel lobby has in the past tried to focus its attacks on certain members of South Africa’s governing ANC party and other Government officials trying to isolate them when they speak out against Israel’s Apartheid policies. However, Duarte, Minister Mokonyane and all ANC NEC leaders who have addressed Palestine solidarity programs or speak out against Israel’s Apartheid policies have done so based on ANC positions, resolutions and policies.

Others to have been previously attacked by the Israeli government and lobby include: Archbishop Desmond Tutu; ANC National Chairperson and National Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete and others. VOC


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  1. Evil has no shame. UN’s ‘gutteres’ has dismissed a report that israel is practicing apartheid, so no surprises here. As South African we lived apartheid we understand apartheid and if we say israel is an apartheid state then it is. So the need here on in is to declare israel an apartheid state in South African law. It is each and every South Africans duty to see that this label stick.

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