The Islamic Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas hailed on Friday South Africa (SA) for its decision to permanently withdraw its ambassador from the Israeli occupation state.
In a statement, Member of Hamas’s Office of International Relations Basem Naim said, “We appreciate the continuous and unwavering support of South Africa to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence.”
“We thank SA for the permanent withdrawal of its ambassador to the Israeli occupation state after the brutal Israeli crackdown on the peaceful Great March of Return protests.”
Naim called for “all countries in the entire world to follow the footsteps of SA, which reflects real support for the Palestinian struggle for their rights.”
It is worth noting that the South African International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said, “We are in the process of following the downgrade resolution of the ruling party and stage one has been completed.”
“Our ambassador is back in South Africa and we will not be replacing him. Our liaison office in Tel Aviv will have no political mandate, no trade mandate, and no development co-operation mandate.”
“It will not be responsible for trade and commercial activities. The focus of the Liaison Office would be on consular and the facilitation of people-to-people relations.”
The SA minister reiterated that the ANC, the ruling party in the country, has no relation relations with the Israeli occupation state. “That’s what we would like the government to adopt as soon as possible,” she said.