South Africa’s parliament votes to suspend diplomatic ties with Israel

2023-11-22 18:40:54
South Africa’s parliament votes to suspend diplomatic ties with Israel

South Africa’s Parliament has voted in favor of suspending diplomatic ties with Israel and the closure of the regime’s embassy in Pretoria as tensions soar over Israel’s barbaric war on Gaza.

The action is largely symbolic because it will be up to President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s government whether to implement it.

The motion calling for the closure of the embassy and suspension of all diplomatic relations until a ceasefire is reached passed on Tuesday with 248 votes in favour and 91 votes against.

The action was introduced by the opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters and backed by the ruling African National Congress.

Ramaphosa condemned Israel on Tuesday as he chaired an extraordinary summit of BRICS nations, accusing the regime of “war crimes” and "genocide" in Gaza.

South African, which has long backed the Palestinian cause for statehood, joined four other nations last week in calling for an International Criminal Court investigation into Israel’s war crimes.

The African country, which has not had an ambassador in Israel since 2018, recalled all its diplomats from Israel earlier this month.

South Africans liken the plight of Palestinians living in Israeli occupied territories to those of the Black majority during the repressive apartheid-era.

In recent years, a growing number of international rights groups have said Israeli policies towards the Palestinians constitute the crime of apartheid.

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