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South Africa disagrees with Israel’s AU observatory status

Government in South Africa said it is “appalled” by last week’s decision to grant Israel observatory status at the African Union (AU). The country’s foreign office accused the body of making a “unilateral” decision without consulting its 55 member countries.

“The decision… is more shocking in a year in which oppressed people of Palestine were hounded by destructive bombardments and illegal settlements of the land,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said.

And it added : “the unjust actions committed by Israel offend the letter and spirit of the Charter of the African Union”.

The statement also said South Africa would ask AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat to give a briefing to member states.

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South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also said it has been outraged by the decision of the institution and called on Mr Faki to resign, saying his decision was “shameful” and “an assault on Palestinian human rights”.

let’s remind that Israel had held observer status at the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was disbanded and replaced by the AU in 2002.

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