Israel must be expelled from African Union: Analysis
Israel’s recent admission to the African Union (AU) as an observer has prompted a strong backlash from the member states of the African bloc.
The move surprised and shocked many AU member states who viewed it as a serious violation of the organisation's charter and founding principles.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, quietly and unceremoniously granted Israel observer status within the organisation on July 22, a move that had been rejected for nearly two decades.
Opponents of the decision say Israel’s admission is incompatible with the values and principles of the AU charter. Many are demanding an “explanation and outright reversal” of the decision.
Israel, however, was delighted with this move, with the regime’s foreign ministry saying in a statement that “this is a day of celebration for Israel-Africa relations,” noting that the achievement “corrects the anomaly that has existed for almost two decades.”
Pleased by its decision, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was quick to congratulate the AU “for its leadership in building bridges and creating new avenues for exchange,” adding that Washington welcomes “Israel’s return to the African Union as an observer as part of our support for broader normalization.”
The Ethiopia-based AU is a continental bloc that represents all 55 Member States, most of whom suffered terribly at the hands of repressive colonialists.
For decades, African countries have supported the Palestinians' struggle against Israeli occupation and oppresion, seeing in it parallels with their own anti-colonial movements.
Likewise, the African Union has not hesitated to criticize Israeli violations of international law and the occupation of Palestinian lands.
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.
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.