Israel is accusing South Africa of implementing Apartheid style politics to discriminate against Israel. This follows statements by the Jewish communal leadership in South Africa saying that countries new policy of requiring Israeli goods made in the West Bank to have labels saying they originate from “Israeli-occupied territory.”
The Jewish community described the policy as “discriminatory, divisive, inconsistent with South African trade policy and seriously flawed from both an administrative and procedural point of view” and said they were a form “political bias against the State of Israel”. The South African Jewish community says they have “shown a willingness to discuss compromises and explore solutions that might allay the concerns of all parties” but that the South African Government has “refused to meaningfully engage on the issue”.
While the Palestinian Authority is pushing for a ban on the importation of products from Israeli factories over the green line, some on the ground have pointed out that Palestinians who work in those factories have good relations with Jews in the area and earn decent salaries. On the ground, such a boycott may cause factories to close and thousands of ordinary Palestinians to lose their jobs.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has noted the rise of discrimination in South Africa itself, and the tragic killing of striking mine workers. Ayalon wrote, “instead of taking a decision to mark Israeli products, it would have been better had the South African government taken a courageous decision in regards to the 34 innocent miners who only wanted to improve their work conditions.”
Well… what do people think?