South African Parliament Votes to Shut Down Israeli Embassy Amid Ceasefire Demands

South African Parliament Votes to Shut Down Israeli Embassy Amid Ceasefire Demands

EFF leader Julius Malema reiterated the party’s demand for the South African government to close the Israeli Embassy in South Africa until a ceasefire is achieved between Israel and Palestine.

Malema conveyed this message during a press briefing held at the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

Parliament’s Motion for Embassy Closure

Last year, a motion was tabled in Parliament to remove the Israeli embassy, receiving backing from several parties, including the ANC.

The motion, advocating for the embassy’s closure and the suspension of diplomatic relations until a ceasefire is secured, garnered 248 votes in favor and 91 votes against.

International Efforts and Urgent UN Security Council Meeting

As countries like South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar advocate for urgent action, a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is being pursued concerning Israel’s military operations in southern Gaza.

EFF’s Call for More Impactful Action

Malema urged South Africa to sever ties with the embassy, deeming it a more impactful measure.

He criticized what he perceived as pretense from Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC on the Palestinian issue, urging them to act decisively based on Parliament’s decision.

Clarification and Stance Against Apartheid Israel

Malema clarified that the call to close the embassy was not motivated by hatred towards Jews but aimed at opposing apartheid Israel.

He stressed the distinction and expressed no remorse for the stance taken.

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