South Africa Threatens Students Who Visited Israel
Deputy minister accuses students who traveled to Israel with South Africa Israel Forum of bring African National Congress into ‘disrepute.’
A government official has threatened a group of South African students who visited Israel in recent weeks, accusing them of bringing the African National Congress (ANC) into “disrepute.”
Obed Bapela, a deputy minister in President Jacob Zuma’s office, said the ruling party would “summon” the students for an investigation.
The deputy minister claimed Israel was “offering free trips and holidays to embarrass the ANC.”
He also argued the visit was a “campaign by Israel to distort our stand on Palestine. We have a clear position that supports Palestinian freedom. No leader of the ANC in a private capacity or for the party will visit Israel. It will be putting the ANC in disrepute.”
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