The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape has called upon the South African government to recall the South African ambassador to Israel and to expel the Israeli ambassador from South Africa. The party has added its voice to growing outrage over the Israeli military’s offensive against Gaza, which has escalated over the past three days.
In the last 24 hours at least 47 people have been killed by air strikes, among them 12 children.
“The use of air strikes and extreme force on the dispossessed and oppressed people of Palestine is sheer thuggery. We cannot remain silent or merely issue press statements. South Africa must follow the example made by the international community when it took radical action to express the illegitimacy of the apartheid regime in South Africa,” said ANCYL Western Cape convenor Muhammad Khalid Sayed.
“This latest horrific and barbaric attack cannot be accepted by the progressive world. The Israeli government has engaged and continues to engage in collective punishment of an entire people, allegedly in response to the actions of a few individuals.”
Sayed said the party would call on on government to immediately remove its ambassador from Israel. It has echoed the call by Boycott Divest Sanction-South Africa for the SA government to expel the Israeli ambassador from South Africa.
“We cannot legitimize the Israeli government by maintaining diplomatic relations while the Israeli government acts with impunity and has no regard for international law or human rights,” Sayed continued.
“The vicious face of the Israeli government and its offence force has been exposed for the world to see during this latest, relentless attempt to prove that lives of Palestinian people are a privilege that can be taken away at any time. This arrogant and bullish behaviour places on the international community a moral obligation to respond in solidarity with the vulnerable and oppressed people of Palestine.” VOC