The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) says it views the South African government’s decision to recall diplomats in Israel as a step in the right direction in the country’s policy towards “apartheid Israel.”
At a media briefing held in Tshwane, Minister in The Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni told reporters that Cabinet had decided to recall all South African diplomats from Tel Aviv for consultation.
She said Cabinet is disappointed by the refusal of the Israeli government to respect international law and its continued undermining of the United Nations resolutions for the implementation of a ceasefire with impunity.
“The genocidal airstrikes by the government of Israel on the people of Palestine continue, with a rising death toll that includes women and children.
“In the last two days, the world has sat helplessly and watched as intensifying airstrikes on Gaza and the West Bank have destroyed schools, health facilities, ambulances and civilian infrastructure, and supposedly safe roads travelling to the South of Gaza,” the Minister said.
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Latest reports indicate that over 10,000 Palestinian civilians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since 7 October 2023.
In a statement issued on Monday, the PAC called for further action against the Israeli state.
“As the PAC, we reiterate our stance on calling on the South African government and all South African Institutions, to cut all ties with Israel. We call on the South African government to expel the Israeli diplomats in South Africa with immediate effect,” the Party said.
According to the PAC, Israel must be isolated by all countries in the world, adding that South Africa “cannot continue to have any relations with a Settler Colonial state that is killing the indigenous people of Palestine.”
“A genocide is taking place right in front of our eyes, and we cannot continue to remain silent. We call upon all South Africans to continue to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and put pressure on the South African government to cut all ties with Israel,” the PAC stressed.