BDS condemns Maimane's Israel visit

2017-01-12 22:59
Maimane meets Israeli prime minister Netanyahu.

Maimane meets Israeli prime minister Netanyahu.

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Johannesburg – Pro-Palestinian solidarity and human rights organisation BDS South Africa on Thursday condemned DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s visit to Israel.

“It speaks volumes that the DA is trying to take us back to apartheid days by forging relations with countries like Israel and other regimes that backed apartheid,” BDS spokesperson Kwara Kekana said in a statement.

During the group’s discussions with MPs in December 2016, DA members were at the forefront of opposing any forms of boycott against Israel, he said.

“The DA claim to support a peaceful solution but are utterly silent on Israel’s apartheid policies, Israel's apartheid wall, the political prisoners’ situation, including the over 400 child prisoners, the continued construction of the illegal settlements and the expansion of the settlement industry.”

The ANC on Thursday said the visit was against South Africa’s foreign policy.

Maimane is on what the DA described as a private and religious visit to Israel and Palestine. He was meeting leaders on both sides.

“He is here to listen and learn about the conflict and the potential leadership role that South Africa could and should be playing in constructively assisting both parties to resume negotiations,” the party said in a statement.

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