Israeli ambassador should leave SA – ANCYL

2014-07-19 13:24

Israeli ambassador to SA Arthur Lenk should leave the country, the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape has said.

“We call upon ambassador Arthur Lenk to pack his bags and prepare for travel to avoid unnecessary trauma,” provincial convenor Muhammad Khalid Sayed said today.

“We will support our leaders while they take necessary action and recall our ambassador to Israel [Sisa Ngombane] and expel Israeli’s ambassador to SA.”

The ANCYL said it welcomed the ANC’s parliamentary caucus statement that Ngombane be recalled, and that Lenk be removed from the country with immediate effect.

Lenk was summoned to the Department of International Relations this week and told to inform his government about SA’s stance on the Israel-Palestine unrest.

Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said Lenk met with deputy international relations iminister Nomaindia Mfeketo and was asked to explain the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

Monyela said Mfeketo expressed SA’s “grave concern” over the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Mfeketo demanded the immediate halt to the construction and expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories by the Israeli government.

French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that Israeli air strikes had killed 20 people in Gaza today, taking the death toll to more than 300.

Israel had yesterday warned it could broaden a Gaza ground assault aimed at smashing Hamas’s network of cross-border tunnels.

In the face of Israel’s land, sea, and air offensive that has sent civilians running for cover, the Islamist movement Hamas remained defiant and warned the Jewish state it would pay for its attacks.

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