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South Africa to downsize embassy in Israel in protest of Trump

The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, decided on Wednesday to downsize its embassy in Israel to a liaison office, in response to the American government’s controversial policy changes in the country.

 

The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, decided on Wednesday to downsize its embassy in Israel to a liaison office, in response to the American government’s controversial policy changes in the country.

 

Wafa news agency reported that the decision was made directly in response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the occupied al-Quds ('Jerusalem') as Israel's capital.

 

“In order to give our practical expression of support to the oppressed people of Palestine, the ANC has unanimously resolved to direct the SA government to immediately and unconditionally downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to a Liaison Office,” Wafa quoted the ANC statement as saying.

 

The ANC said that their move would “ send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.”




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