The Israeli lobby has been trying all sorts of tactics to move the ANC away from its principle of progressive internationalism and solidarity with oppressed peoples such as the people of Swaziland and Palestine but without success. The chair of the SA Zionist forum, Ben Swartz, is doing exactly that in his letter (“ANC Must Consider Consequences of Alliance With Antisemitic Group BDS”, May 23). They use the usual claim of anti-Semitism; then they try to isolate individual leaders in the ANC who articulate and implement government policy on Palestine. We’ve seen this when they came for Obed Bapela, ridiculously accusing him of being anti-Semitic; and Jessie Duarte, Lindiwe Sisulu and Naledi Pandor of being “anti-Israel”. These ludicrous attempts are made to isolate the individual from the organisation, scare them from speaking out on positions of the organisation regarding Palestine. The ANC’s decision to identify unambiguously as an internationalist organisation is embedded in ou...

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