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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.’

522483South African President Jacob Zuma       Reuters

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.

 While Dan Brotman, the director of the South Africa Israel Forum, which sponsored the trip to Israel, told Haaretz the goal of it was “not to make [the students] pro-Israel, but to expose them to a narrative they really don’t hear in South Africa,” Bapela had other ideas.

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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