ANC condemns anti-Semitism

Johannesburg - Criticism of the policies and actions of the Israeli government should never degenerate to anti-Semitism, the ANC said on Thursday.

"The ANC has reaffirmed its unequivocal condemnation of any form of hate speech including anti-Semitism and has on a number of occasions distanced itself from the offensive statements reported," the party said in a statement.

The comments were made by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe during a meeting with the ANC, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), and the SA Zionist Federation (SAZF) on Wednesday.

"The meeting was called to discuss, among others, concerns that the SAJBD and SAZF had regarding what they perceived as anti-Semitic statements attributed to persons purported to be representing the ANC or ANC Youth League, as well as the very real, senseless and continuing calamity in Gaza," the party said.

The ANC would continue to call for the withdrawal of Israeli troops in Gaza and the urgent resumption of negotiations to find a lasting solution to the occupation of Palestine.

AFP reported on Thursday that as of Wednesday, the 24th day of the Gaza conflict, 1 364 Palestinians had been killed - three-quarters of them civilians.

Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have also died, while cross-border rocket fire has killed two Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker.

The UN human rights chief has repeatedly condemned the actions not only of Israel but also the indiscriminate Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli communities.

Bokdroltjie 2014-07-31 06:44:42 PM
The point being what exactly? Israel has the US in its back pocket, one ill-mannered political party won't have a major impact on Gaza itself
Enig Ma 2014-07-31 06:47:15 PM
Soon someone at the ANC may just happen to read the Quran and condemn it or ban it for all the hate speech in it.
Bnet Jonas 2014-07-31 06:54:06 PM
At least they are trying something
Sthembiso Mlangen 2014-07-31 07:00:04 PM
Zionism is equal to Racism
Daniel 2014-07-31 07:10:27 PM
Philip Gray 2014-07-31 07:10:54 PM
ANC how about calling in the Palestinian Representative and advise him/her that the continuous rocket fire from Gaza into Israel is unacceptable and must stop. And not just call for an Israeli withdrawal. Your bias in this conflict is unacceptable. At least President Zuma has said that both sides must stop their actions.
Bruce Gatland 2014-07-31 07:14:08 PM
So why don't the ANC also condemn "anti-whitism"? Because most of their voters would disagree?
Trevor Whitehead 2014-07-31 07:21:19 PM there is a milligram of wisdom left
Brooklax Mpundus 2014-07-31 07:48:11 PM
Zuma was either threatened by world bankers or given a bride , to open his pie hole.
Jurgen Eksteen 2014-07-31 07:52:49 PM
So which is it? You condemn antisemitism, but you support anti-semites.