South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) passed a resolution directing the government to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel to a liason office, BBC reported Wedesday.
The move was described as a "expression of solidarity to the oppressed people of Palestine," said the report, citing U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as impetus for the decision.
South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) passed a resolution to direct the government to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel to a liaison office. It described the move as a “expression of support to the oppressed people of Palestine" (@BBCWorld)— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) December 21, 2017
The African National Conference approved a policy to boycott Israel at its conference in 2012. It was never, however, implemented by South Africa's government. It remains unclear as to how the ANC's most recent vote will be executed in practice, the report noted.
Delegates from Hamas and the South African Board of Jewish Deputies attended the opening of the conference, according to the Mail and Guardian.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor Thursday of a United Nations resolution rejecting Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution.
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