The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) on Wednesday urged the South African Government to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the killing of Palestinian civilians.
The ANCYL said in a statement emailed to Xinhua that it demands that Israel’s ambassador to South Africa should be expelled from our country and the embassy status be downgraded with immediate effect.
ANCYL National Spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize, said there would be a more radical stance that could be taken by the government in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
The South African Government on Monday announced its decision to recall its ambassador to Israel with immediate effect in protest against Israeli attack on Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip.
The decision was made following Israel’s deadly attack in the Gaza Strip earlier on Monday when Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians, who were protesting against the provocative inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, killing dozens of Palestinians and injuring many others.
Mkhize said the ANCYL welcomes the government’s principled decision to withdraw its ambassador to Israel as a solidarity and comradely gesture in support of the Palestinians.
“This affirms our standing fraternal relations with the people of Palestine. We reiterate that a two-state solution is the best alternative to the ongoing impasse,” he said.
Mkhize said the ANCYL calls on South African youths to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian counterpart and demand that the ANC-led government cuts all diplomatic ties with Israel.
Other political parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the National Freedom Party, have also called for tougher action against Israel.
They say recalling South Africa’s ambassador to Israel is not enough and that Israel’s ambassador to South Africa should be sent home.