Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Must Leave, says ANCYL.
Following the recent deadly attacks on Gaza by Israeli forces, the ANCYL arm in the Western Cape sent out a notice on Saturday to Israel’s ambassador to South Africa saying that Arthur Lenk should “pack his bags and prepare for travel to avoid unnecessary trauma,” in the words of provincial convenor Muhammad Khalid Saye.
This warning was made in support of the ANC’s parliamentary caucus statement that South Africa’s ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, be recalled, and that Lenk be removed from the country with immediate effect.
South Africa and ANC have a long history of showing solidarity with Palestine and is one of the countries that participates in the annual Israeli Apartheid Week which seeks to create awareness, educate and foster discussion surrounding the conflict in this part of the Middle East.
On Friday, which was International Mandela Day, South Africans marched to the Israeli Trade Offices in Johannesburg in solidarity with Palestine and to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.
Capetonians held their own pro-Palestine march on Wednesday, organised by the Muslim Judicial Council, who handed over a memorandum to Siphosezwe Masango, chairperson of Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee.