International Relations Minister Sisulu has called the downgrading of the South African embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office "stage one" of efforts to reduce diplomatic ties with the country. This comes after the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Council elected not to accept a resolution to an academic boycott of Israel. Sisulu added that the government would eventually deal with the matter of public institutions such as UCT and their relations with Israel.
Israel and South Africa - a 'Downgraded' Relationship?
Deutsche Welle, 8 April 2019
South Africa has announced that it will not replace its ambassador to Israel. Experts are uncertain about what kind of lasting impact the decision will have for South… Read more »
Flags of South Africa, left, and Israel, right.
Govt Permanently Withdraws Ambassador From Israel
Daily Maverick, 5 April 2019
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says withdrawing SA ambassador is just 'stage one' in downgrading relations with Tel Aviv. Read more »
SA Seized With Israel Embassy Downgrade
SAnews.gov.za, 8 March 2019
President Cyril Ramaphosa says government remains seized with the modalities of downgrading the South African Embassy in Israel. Read more »
Jewish Board Hails UCT Council for Refusing to Boycott Israeli Institutions
News24Wire, 31 March 2019
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has commended the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Council for not accepting Senate's resolution to an academic boycott of Israel. Read more »
UCT Council to Decide On Israeli University Boycott
News24Wire, 26 March 2019
The University of Cape Town is expected to decide this weekend whether or not it should boycott Israeli universities, but the SA Zionist Federation (SAZF) feels such a drastic step… Read more »
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said he will take a proposal regarding the status of visa regulations for Israeli citizens entering South Africa to Cabinet for ... Read more »
The opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the Palestinian protests that followed, which saw scores of protesters killed, is what precipitated the South African government's ... Read more »
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has called for the closure of Israel's embassy in South Africa, saying the "Apartheid state" was oppressing Palestine and depriving ... Read more »
The African National Congress has slammed Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane after he embarked on what he described as a private and religious visit to Israel and Palestine. Read more »
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