Israel seeking to infiltrate African Union after gaining observer status
The Israeli regime has infiltrated the Africa Union and obtained observer status. This move has been opposed by a strong block of African countries and masses across the continent.
There is growing opposition amongst member countries in the
African Union after Israel was admitted as an observer. On July 22, Israel attained observer status
at the bloc after nearly 20 years of lobbying.
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra on Saturday chastised the chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, for granting Israel observer status at the bloc, saying insistence on the measure will eventually result in the breakup of the regional organization.
Lamamra said this decision will not dissuade South Africa, Tunisia, Eritrea, Senegal, Tanzania, Niger, Comoros, Gabon, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Mali and Seychelles from expelling Israel from the 55-member African Union.
According to a report by London-based online newspaper Rai al-Youm, Algeria has officially begun forming a group of African countries opposed to Israel’s membership in the African Union in order to preserve the principles of the union and to support Palestine.
Lamamra has stressed that his country would not stand idly by the African Union’s move which was adopted without any consultation with its member states.
Israel previously held observer status in the predecessor Organization of African Unity until 2002, when the organization was disbanded and replaced by the AU.
Pro-Palestine language is typically featured in statements delivered at the AU’s annual summits.
Palestine already has observer status at the African Union.
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.