Pro-Israeli lobby, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, says it will be ill-advised for South Africa to downgrade its embassy in Israel to a liaison office. Last week, the ANC national policy conference adopted a policy recommendation put forward by its Western Cape chapter to downgrade the South African embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office in what has been seen as a bid to reduce diplomatic ties with Israel. In terms of the According to the resolution, the international relations commission called for the downgrading of the South African Embassy in Israel to send a strong message “about Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine and the continued human rights abuses against the peoples of Palestine”. Jewish Board of Deputies national director Wendy Kahn told Business Day at the weekend that the group would make submissions on the matter in the coming weeks and months, as the recommendation still needed to be ratified by delegates at the ANC national elective confe...

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