AIPAC-style lobbying group launched in South Africa

By JTA
December 1, 2011 16:36

 
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CAPE TOWN - A pro-Israel lobbying group modeled after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been launched in South Africa.

The Cape Town-based South African Israel Public Affairs Committee, or SAIPAC, launched Tuesday said aims to establish relationships with members of Parliament and other communities, as well as strengthen the South Africa-Israel relationship in South Africa.

The AIPAC advocates for pro-Israel policies to the US Congress. 

“There’s a gap and a desperate need for a lobby in Parliament and to get the truth out to those who support us,” David Hersch, a co-founder of the group with Kenny Penkin, told JTA prior to the launch.

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