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South Africa and Turkey pull their ambassadors to Israel


By Henry James - May 21, 2018
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South Africa has announced it will pull its ambassador from Israel due to Israel’s killing of Gazan protesters against the US embassy move to Jerusalem.
 
South African diplomacy is openly pro-Palestinian and the government has never hesitated to express its disapprobation towards Israel’s politic.
 
“The victims were preparing peaceful protest against the inauguration of US Embassy in Jerusalem, which constitute a provocation” told Pretoria, the South African captital and seat of government, in a text condemning “in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border.”
 
Israeli soldiers killed 60 Palestinians and injured 2400, including 1350 by live ammunition at the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday May 14, during the protests against the US Embassy move in Jerusalem. It is the bloodiest day since 2014.
 
Palestinian Authorities described it as a massacre after Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, justified the use of lethal force by the right for Israel to defend its borders against “terror attack.”
 
The South African Department of International relations spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya added that South Africa reiterated its view that the Israeli Defence Force “must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.”
 
In these days, more than ever, the Nelson Mandela quote echoes: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
 
The South African Minister of Interior Affairs has met with local members of pro-Palestinian movement BDS. The responsables have given him a law proposal aiming to make harder the conditions to obtain a visa for Israeli citizens that wish to visit South Africa.
 
Turkey has also called back its ambassador in the US. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused Israel of sowing “state terrorism.”
 
“What Israel is doing is a Genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drame, this genocide, wherever it’s from, Israel or the US,” Erdogan declared to Turkish students in London, in a live speech broadcasted on TV.
 
For the Turkish president, Americans, by transferring their embassy to Jerusalem, discredited themselves as mediators in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs believe the US embassy transfer is supporting “massacre perpetrated by the Israel Defence Force.” And for the Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, the US and Israel are partners in a “crime against humanity.”
 
The international community is asking for independent investigation, but once again Washington and the US is blocking the way.
 

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