South Africa trade union president urges government to downgrade Israel ties | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


South Africa trade union president urges government to downgrade Israel ties

The newly-elected president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Zingiswa Losi, has called on the South African government to downgrade its relations with Israel, the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service has reported.

Losi, the first woman to lead the country’s largest trade federation, made the comments at COSATU’s 13th National Congress in Johannesburg yesterday. She praised the fact that South Africa had withdrawn its ambassador from Israel indefinitely, but also called on the African National Congress (ANC)-led government to be “decisive” and fully implement a resolution made at the ruling party’s December congress that called for the immediate and unconditional downgrade of the South African embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office.

Losi also called on the South African government to do more to “push back against the corrupt advances” that Israel was making at the African Union (AU). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly expressed the desire for Israel to become a member of the AU, in a renewed bid to increase cooperation. Netanyahu has announced on more than one occasion that he is trying to establish a closer relationship with certain states in an added attempt to cut instinctive sympathy for Palestine in international institutions.

The president’s statements have been welcomed by Palestinian officials.

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