Yes, this is not a typo nor a figure of speech, 20% of the population are literally, physically African slaves. Another 20% survives on about one dollar a day. I am sure Mauritanians who were recently taken over by a militant in a coup have nothing to do with this stupid decision, which dates back to last year when the government forced the Israeli embassy there to close.
PLO official: Reports about Abbas' resignation from political life very premature (Haaretz)
from the article: Mauritania formally severs diplomatic ties with Israel