14 African countries demanded expulsion of Israel from African Union

2021-07-31 16:06:54
14 African countries demanded expulsion of Israel from African Union

A new reports says that Algeria, along with 13 other African countries, have agreed to expel Israel from the African Union, after the bloc’s decision last week to grant the regime observer status.

Rai al-Youm, an Arab digital news and opinion website, reported Saturday that Algeria has officially begun the process of forming an African group to reject Israel's accession to the African Union.

The report said the aim is to preserve the principles of the African Union, which included the support of Palestine and ending Israel’s occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

According to the report, South Africa, Tunisia, Eritrea, Senegal, Tanzania, Niger, Comoros, Gabon, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia and the Seychelles have all agreed to the Algerian decision.

Last week, Israel attained observer status at the AU after nearly 20 years of lobbying.

In a statement published on Wednesday, the South African government said it was “appalled” by the African Union’s decision, adding that the “unjust and unwarranted” move was taken “unilaterally without consultations with its members”.

The South African government said the African Union’s decision “is even more shocking in a year in which the oppressed people of Palestine were hounded by destructive bombardments and continued illegal settlements of the land”.

South Africa backs the Palestinian cause, with formal diplomatic relations established in 1995, a year after the end of apartheid. It downgraded its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office in 2019.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas also strongly condemned the decision, describing the move as “shocking and reprehensible.”

African nations have condemned Israel’s barbaric crimes against Palestinians, including the recent bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip.

In April, US-based Human Rights Watch accused Israel of crimes against humanity by pursing policies of "apartheid" and persecution against Palestinians.

The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.

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