The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have called on the South African government “to expel the Israeli mission” in the country following the deadly Gaza attacks.
As many as 58 Palestinians – some of them children – were shot dead and thousands more injured by Israeli forces on Monday during the protests against the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Last night, the South African government announced it was withdrawing its representative in Israel after the deadly attacks along the Gaza border.
The EFF welcomed South Africa’s decision to recall its ambassador to Israel.
“This, however, is a much simple move to a deeper problem about the injustice visited on Palestinians by the apartheid state of Israel. We call on South Africa to expel the Israeli mission to our country as an example to the whole world that a relationship to Israel is complicity with its racist aggression on Palestinians,” the EFF said in a statement.
The red berets said that the fact that many governments still associate with Israel has resulted with that state hardening “its oppression on Palestinians, it has expanded its occupation in the West Bank, through forceful removals of Palestinians from their lands.”
“The South African democratic government, being a key beneficiary of international boycotts on apartheid, must take the lead. The expulsion of the Israeli mission must form part of the first move towards an international isolation of Israel by the whole world. The boycotts and isolation of Israel by the world is the most efficient, and yet, peaceful way of forcing the apartheid Israeli government to respect human rights of Palestinians.
“South Africa must expel Israel’s ambassadors with immediate effect until Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestine.”