S. Africa's ruling party endorses boycott against Israel
LAST UPDATED: 12/21/2012 09:17
South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), decided on Thursday to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
“The ANC is unequivocal in its support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, and unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel,” read one resolution the party adopted.
On a vote at the party's 53rd National Conference, the ANC also decided to adopt a resolution calling for South Africans to support any Palestinian campaigns that "pressure Israel to end its violations of international law, respect Palestinian human rights and engage in fair negotiations for a just peace."
The ANC also strongly condemned the Israeli "state-sponsored xenophobic attacks and deportation" of African migrants. The resolution cites comments from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Interior Minister Eli Yishai and MK Miri Regev as examples to Israeli racism.