Israel's Labor Party snubs Socialist International, leaving Palestinians to dominate meet
Party leader Shelly Yacimovich decides against sending a delegate to the South Africa conference, leaving one Meretz MK to forestall a decision naming Israel an apartheid state.
For years on end, as a founding member, the Israeli Labor party was an active player at the Socialist International conventions. Those days have passed. Not only did party leader MK Shelly Yacimovich not send a representative to the weekend meeting in South Africa, she went as far as to instruct former MK Colette Avital not to fly to Cape Town, despite Avital's willingness to cover her own expenses.