Hamas today hailed a proposal by South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) to downgrade the country’s embassy in Israel, the movement’s statement said.
The Palestinian movement also hailed the ANC’s preparation of for its 54th National Conference. “We understand that this conference, like all conferences of the party, is critically important for the ANC, and for South Africa,” the statement said.
“For Palestinians, this conference is also important as the ANC delegates will be discussing a recommendation from the party’s policy conference held in July, which proposes that the South African embassy to Israel be either downgraded or completely shut down,” the statement added.
“This is the logical extension of the ANC’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.”
“[The] ANC has been and is still a fraternal partner to the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance,” the statement added.
Concluding: “Our interaction with ANC leadership and members assures us that they will remain friends of the Palestinian struggle.”