South African government urges athletes to withdraw from Israeli contests
The South African government has urged its athletes to withdraw from contests in Israel, amid calls for a boycott to show support for the Palestinian people.
Pro-Palestine organisations have also called made similar calls for athletes to not participate in such events to condemn Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people.
South Africa has a long history supporting the Palestinian people, and Israel's treatment of Palestinian reminds many in the country of apartheid crimes by whites against its Black population.
In April, US-based Human Rights Watch accused Israel of crimes against humanity by pursing policies of "apartheid" and persecution against Palestinians.
Political parties including the ruling African National Congress and some of the country's biggest trade unions also support boycotting Israel.
Other African nations have also condemned Israel’s barbaric crimes against Palestinians, including the recent bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip.