Israeli ambassador to SA Arthur Lenk should be expelled - ANCYL

League says South Africans serving in the IDF must also be held accountable for their participation in war-crimes


The ANC Youth League condemns in the strongest terms, the military attacks on the defenceless Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip and parts of the Occupied Palestinian. This is systematic genocide, and the State of Israel has long ago lost its right to be considered as a state with any semblance of human rights ethics. The plight of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people makes each one of us a Palestinian.

However, we must do more than lament and carry banners. We support the call made by our Western Cape Province comrades and call on the Department of International Relations to immediately expel the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, and to recall Comrade Sisa Ngombane from Tel Aviv. We further believe that SA must deny the State of Israel any formal recognition. The Department of Trade and Industry must not allow Israeli goods from an Apartheid state in this country. 

We support a complete Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions programme against the Zionist State with immediate effect.

Those South Africans illegally serving in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) must be held legally accountable for their participation in Israel's war-crimes. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must follow-up and investigate the Gaza Docket, that outlines Israel's history of war-crimes against the Palestinians. Apartheid was wrong for South Africans, and is wrong for Palestinians. Therefore, we will never remain silent in the face of naked Zionist Apartheid aggression, and will continue to mobilise all freedom-loving South Africans to fight against Israeli Apartheid.

Statement issued by Dr. Bandile Masuku, ANCYL National Spokesperson, Braam Hanekom, ANCYL NTT Member, July 11 2014

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