FM lodges protest with S. African envoy over labeling

August 23, 2012 17:31

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday lodged an official protest with South Africa over its decision Wednesday to order that products from the settlements be labeled in a special manner, and not carry a "Made in Israel" tag.

A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that the ambassador, Ismail Coovadia, met with Avi Granot, the deputy director-general of the ministry's Africa division, who expressed Israel's objections to the decision. The spokeswoman said the message would be relayed to Pretoria.

The move elicited a furious response form Israel, with the foreign ministry calling it a step that discriminates and is reminiscent of the racism that South Africa once suffered itself.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon went even further, saying on his Facebook page Thursday that "unfortunately it turns out that the changes that took place in South Africa over the years did not bring about a fundamental change in the country, and it remains an apartheid country."

Presently, Ayalon said, South Africa's apartheid is directed at Israel, as well as against striking miners in South Africa itself.

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