Johannesburg - The ANC’s National General Council recommended on Sunday that travel to Israel be discouraged unless it promotes solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.
There was strong consensus on this issue within the ruling party, and this is a position articulated by previous cabinet ministers met in the past with a barrage of calls from Zionist organisations for their resignation.
The positions taken by the ANC on international relations inform South Africa’s foreign policy, and are supposed to guide foreign policy formulation.
South Africa’s ministers of international relations are key participants in the NGC’s International Relations Commission, whose aim it is “to conscientise South Africa’s young people, leaders and public representatives not to travel to Israel”.
Senior ANC leaders have criticised Members of Parliament and business figures for travelling to Israel recently, deeming it opportunistic given the fact that many struggle stalwarts see Israel’s apartheid state as worse than that experienced in South Africa.