South African parliament votes to move to close Israeli embassy | News
The motion calling for the embassy to be closed was passed with 248 votes in favor and 91 votes against.
South Africa’s Parliament has voted in favor of a motion calling for the closure of the Israeli embassy in Pretoria amid heightened tensions between the two countries over Israel’s attack on Gaza.
The move is largely symbolic as it will be up to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government to implement it.
The motion calling for the embassy to be closed on Tuesday passed with 248 votes in favor and 91 votes against.
The move was supported by the left-wing opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from the ruling African National Congress and opposed by members of the predominantly white Democratic Alliance (DA), which is mainly for Israel.
Ramaphosa has previously said that his country believes Israel is committing war crimes and genocide in the besieged Gaza Strip, where thousands of Palestinians have been killed.
The vote comes after Israel announced it was recalling ambassador Eli Belotserkovsky from Pretoria “for consultations”.
The African country has not had an ambassador in Israel since 2018.
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