SA must end trade with Is­rael and US

Sowetan - - Opinion - Mhlobo Gun­gu­luzi Gugulethu

I am very dis­ap­pointed with our government for its lack of de­ci­sive ac­tion against the apartheid Is­rael state, which is sup­ported by Don­ald Trump.

It is not enough to di­min­ish SA’s em­bassy in Is­rael but we should in­stead cut all diplo­matic ties with this apartheid state. I am not go­ing to dwell on Trump’s racism and Is­lam­o­pho­bia but will in­stead fo­cus on our government.

Dur­ing the apartheid era, we were sup­ported by many coun­tries in our fight against the sys­tem, in­clud­ing US.

But the US has now switched sides and sup­ports the apartheid Is­rael state. The US’s som­er­sault is not go­ing to help free Pales­tine, so we must take ac­tion against Is­rael and those who support it. We must act now by stop­ping trade with Is­rael.

The Is­raeli am­bas­sador must also be ex­pelled from South Africa and all Mos­sad agents must be chased out of the coun­try. Those who re­main must be ar­rested im­me­di­ately. We must do the same with the US – end trade and diplo­matic ties with the coun­try.

I do feel, how­ever, that Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is worse than Ja­cob Zuma be­cause his in­ter­ests are with the global bour­geoisie.

He must know that he was de­ployed to his po­si­tion by the ANC. As one of the rich­est men in South Africa, surely his in­ter­ests are not with the black work­ing class and the poor, let alone the Mus­lims.

Ramaphosa will not do any­thing to stop the ex­ploita­tion of peo­ple but would rather cre­ate more fer­tile ground for the peo­ple of Africa to be ma­nip­u­lated. The AU must also stand up and im­pose sanc­tions against Is­rael.

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