Sum­mitin Africa ejects ‘Is­raelis’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY CLAIRE MOSES

MAL­COLM HOEN­LEIN, vice pres­i­dent of the Con­fer­ence of Pres­i­dents of Ma­jor Amer­i­can Jewish Or­gan­i­sa­tions, has asked for an apol­ogy from the African Union (AU) af­ter Egyp­tian and South African del­e­gates to a sum­mit said they would not par­tic­i­pate un­til the “Is­raelis” left.

Mr Hoen­lein’s del­e­ga­tion — made up of US Jews, not Is­raelis — had been in­vited to the sum­mit in Equa­to­rial Guinea to fa­cil­i­tate ties be­tween African lead­ers and Is­rael and the Jewish di­as­pora. They left the event two hours early.

It was the first time a Jewish del­e­ga­tion had been in­vited to an AU sum­mit.

Be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony, his group had some “amaz­ing meet­ings”, Mr Hoen­lein said.

Many of the people they spoke to, he said, “boasted about their ties to Is­rael” and were “very open to work­ing with Jews”.

Topics dis­cussed in­cluded the dis­ap­pear­ance of three Is­raeli teenagers, the rise of Is­lamist ex­trem­ism in Africa and eco­nomic and agri­cul­tural is­sues, he said.

“Given its re­la­tion­ship with Is­rael, it was sur­pris­ing that Egypt acted in such an of­fen­sive way,” he added.

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