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South Africa’s Ruling Party Makes Israel Boycott Part of its Policy

December 21, 2012 11:46 am 12 comments

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: wiki commons.

The ANC, South Africa’s ruling party, formally adopted the boycott of Israel as part of their policy on Thursday.

At the party’s 53rd National Conference a resolution was reaffirmed in support of the Arab Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. Other resolutions passed by the ANC  called for “all South Africans to support the programmes and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel to engage with the Palestinian people to reach a just solution.” as well as the ANC’s “unequivocal… support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, and unapologetic… view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel.”

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa released this statement: “This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign. The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions, and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and specifically the ISC steering committee to expedite its implementation.”

Earlier this week, a group of South African Christian leaders joined the country’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, in penning  an open letter calling on the ANC to be fair in its decision. “South Africa has no just cause for choosing sides,” the letter read. “We should support both sides in their struggle for a peaceful solution.”

“When South Africa’s ruling party chooses sides in this bitter conflict, our country loses the credibility to be a voice for peace between the parties, and only the agenda of conflict is served. Such actions impede a peaceful solution that would enable Jews to live in their ancient Biblical land in peace side by side with their Muslim neighbors,” the leaders wrote.

12 Comments

  • read article and comments…what do you think about Zuma and ANC

  • I don’t agree with Zuma.

    There are black people who dont agree with Zuma either!

  • Zuma Does not speak for me but being the president he has the power to speak on my behalf.

    I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT. HE DOES NOT SPEAK ON MY BEHALF.

    Believe it or not there are black people who do not agree with him.

  • President Zuma does not speak for me. I do not agree with him but as President he has the power to speak on my behalf. Two things need to happen, one we need a new president and two we need to pray for a new president. As long as Zuma is in the dark he is in control but HE DOES NOT CONTROL MY THOUGHTS OR SPEAK ON MY BEHALF!

    yes, there are even black south africans who do not agree with him!!!

  • Just cause the readers of this site have a problem with the ANC doesn’t nullify the points raised by them about the appalling treatment of Palestineans. Also it’s funny how those that have a problem with the ANC tend to all be white, hmmm… still annoyed at having to share?

  • Once the Jews leave, then other whites, the ANC will be left with Xhosa and Bantu going at each others throats.

  • Modern day S.A., like occupied Rhodesia, is ill advised to antagonize any western democracy who contributes medically, financially, agriculturally and technically to the basket case of Africa. The classic example is of Rhodesia, which after its’ new overlords racially cleansed the country, where the natives stood looking at the looted and empty supermarket shelves, waiting for them to rejuvenate themselves. The tribal warlords of S.A. are steadily pursuing this path, as evidenced by their actions toward the remaining white community and other indigenous peoples.

  • Rabbi Happyman

    The use of the sword will produce bad results for
    S Africa. Reversal favoring Zion shall occur
    in future, and benefit the black nation.

  • Karsten Bannier

    The ANC government does NOT represent all S.Africans.The vast majority of educated,hard working citizens view the ruling party as a bunch of incompetent,thieving parasites who have more important problems to sort out such as AIDS,crime,poverty & unemployment.Most of these idiots wouldn’t even be able to find Israel on a map.As a S.African Jew,I find these views on boycotting Israel shameful.

  • This might be the choice of the ruling party of South Africa but it is not the policy of the Boer nation, we have and will always support the state of Israel and it’s people.
    We know what the people of Israel is going thru every day as we are also serounded by people that want nothing more than to see us destroid. We have gone thru two genocides and it is still not over.
    We are with you!!

  • South-Africans can be hateful like others, but their level of rationalism is much lower than others. Why they don´t dialogue with the israelis and ask what they do not know or not understand about the middle-east? Why do they accept for granted what the Arabs say?

    They capacity to rationalize is quite shallow or the numbers in the checks signed by the Arabs is much more than 7 figures.

  • Attention Jews of the South Africa: This is a “Canary in Coal Mine” moment. Time to leave.
    The ANC is the same nasty little party of half-literate former guerrillas and radical Islamists whose President refuses to accept that AIDS is an infectious disease. And whose “saint”, Nelson Mandela, unabashedly supported the worst terrorists of his age.

    Charming lot of malignant bigots and time to take leave of them before time runs out.

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