South Africa’s ruling party votes to boycott Israel

The ANC boycotters will have to try very hard to boycott all of this. (Click to enlarge)

In a disgraceful but unsurprising move, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has voted to make BDS (Boycott, divestment and sanctions) part of its official policy towards Israel.

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, voted to make boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel part of its official policy.

In a resolution passed Thursday night, at the tail end of its conference this week, the ANC proclaimed it was “unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel.” The conference called on “all South Africans to support the programs and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel to engage with the Palestinian people to reach a just solution.”

Israel will do just that as soon as the Palestinians agree to come to the negotiating table without preconditions. How many times does Bibi have to beg Abbas?


The ANC said it would set up a steering committee to implement the resolutions.

This marks the first time a resolution to boycott Israel has been brought up at an ANC conference. Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of BDS South Africa, which pushed hard for the resolution, hailed the vote as a major victory.

“This reaffirmation by the ANC’s National Conference, its highest decision-making body, is by far the most authoritative endorsement of the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel campaign,” he said. “The ANC has now taken its international conference resolutions and officially made it the policy of the ANC. We look forward to working with the ANC and specifically the conference steering committee to expedite its implementation.”

A statement earlier on in the article that I found bitterly amusing was this:

In a second resolution on protests in Israel focused on illegal African immigrants, the ANC said it “abhors the recent Israeli state-sponsored xenophobic attacks and deportation of Africans and requests that this matter should be escalated to the African Union.”

So let me see. It’s OK for South Africa to boycott Israel but it’s not OK for Israel to boycott illegal immigrants.

Israel is considered by the ANC to be an oppressive, if not apartheid state, and yet all those African refugees choose Israel, out of all the countries in the region, to try and enter and seek asylum.

No mention is made by the (un)esteemed South African parliamentarian of the reason for those poor refugees flooding into Israel. It couldn’t possibly be that they are being persecuted, not by whites, but by other blacks?

Surely not! Must be some mistake.

The Algemeiner adds:

Earlier this week, a group of South African Christian leaders joined the country’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, in penning  an open letter calling on the ANC to be fair in its decision. “South Africa has no just cause for choosing sides,” the letter read. “We should support both sides in their struggle for a peaceful solution.”

“When South Africa’s ruling party chooses sides in this bitter conflict, our country loses the credibility to be a voice for peace between the parties, and only the agenda of conflict is served. Such actions impede a peaceful solution that would enable Jews to live in their ancient Biblical land in peace side by side with their Muslim neighbors,” the leaders wrote.

Appealing to the BDS Brigade’s better conscience is  a wasted effort. Asking that they enable Jews to live in their ancient Biblical land in peace is pointless since they don’t recognize the Jews’ right to live on any land anywhere in Israel.

I would ask you all to note that the ANC has voted to boycott not “just” settlements, which is always the watchword of the BDS brigade – but the whole of the state of Israel.

Israel – the only Jewish state in the world. Boycotting the only Jewish state… sounds familiar doesn’t it.  A nasty ring from the past and Dry Bones illustrated it so aptly.

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6 Responses to South Africa’s ruling party votes to boycott Israel

  1. Marianne Handler says:

    I think Israel should do the same… No more products from South Africa!!

    • anneinpt says:

      Hi Marianne, thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog. I took the liberty of editing your comment and cutting out the big quote from my post which was all messed up with strange html tags.

      Regarding your actual suggestion,I am usually reluctant to institute boycotts because they often rebound, but in this case I’m with you all the way.

      • Brian Goldfarb says:

        Anne, I’m with you on the reluctance thing, as I think that counter-boycotts can rebound, especially where matters Israeli and/or Jewish are concerned. The antis can (and probably will) conveniently forget that they started it, and use the existence of a counter-boycott to tighten up their boycott.

        Better to just resolve as individuals that we’re going to do without SA goods (probably a lot easier than than trying to do without Israeli-inspired technology), and anyway, Australian, NZ and US wines can be just as competitively priced as SA wines, to say nothing of the range from Europe (written from a UK perspective). Never hurts to casually mention one’s personal boycott in the right place and at the right time, without making too big a thing about it.

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  3. reality says:

    they boycott us & call us terrible for deporting the very people they persecuted or deportedthemselves. Oh I hope all those white supremist in SA suffer at the hands of the poor downtrodden colourds who are now raising their voices against them. Magiya lahem!

    • anneinpt says:

      I echo your sentiments but it’s not the white supremacists who are calling for this boycott, but the majority black ANC party who have been in power since Apartheid ended.

      And the white supremacists definitely are suffering at the hands of the new (not so new now) government in SA – not that they didn’t deserve it, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

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