Zuma at 105th birthday bash: ‘Don’t visit Israel’
Zuma’s comments came at the 105th anniversary celebration of the African National Congress (ANC), at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, during which he reiterated the party’s solidarity with the “oppressed people of the world”, citing “Palestine” as an example.
“The people of Palestine continue to suffer in their rightful quest for self-determination… We reiterate that we firmly discourage travel to Israel for causes not related to fostering peace in the region,” Zuma told thousands of party supporters.
Zuma also reiterated that the ANC supported UN Resolution 2334, which was passed last month by the Security Council condemning the construction of settlements in the West Bank and Gaza (sic).
The ANC has consistently expressed anti-Israel sentiments in recent years. The government has frequently accused Israel of applying a policy of “apartheid” towards Palestinian Arabs. One such example was when the ANC party proposed new rules regarding dual citizenship meant to stop South African citizens from joining the IDF.
Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein was quoted by Israeli media of issuing “a stinging response” to the proposed rules, calling out the ANC party on its hypocritical and “obsessive” stance vis-à-vis the State of Israel.
The ANC has, in the past, compared Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza to the actions of the Nazis during the Second World War, evoking outrage from Jewish communal groups.