Former president Shimon Peres was scheduled to travel to South Africa this weekend, notwithstanding threats by the Muslim Lawyers Association to have him arrested and prosecuted for “war crimes.”
Peres said that no threat of BDS, arrest or any other attempt to hinder his visit would stop him. He is due to participate in “A Salute to Israel” by the South African Jewish community, which he is due to address on Sunday evening.
The former president will speak of the strategic importance of the deep ties between Israel and South Africa in particular and Israel and the African continent in general, and is expected to emphasize the need to strengthen South African Jewry’s ties to the Jewish state.
Before to his departure, Peres met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose late father, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s founding prime minister and later president, he knew well.