South Africa, Chad Recall Ambassadors from Israel

Chad recalled its diplomats from Israel over Israeli war on Gaza. (Photo: André Kodmadjingar, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

South Africa and Chad have announced that they recalled their diplomats from Israel for consultation over Israel’s war on Gaza. 

South Africa

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor told Reuters news agency that Pretoria recalled its diplomats in Israel to determine “whether there is any potential for you to be of assistance and whether the continued relationship is actually able to be sustained in all terms.”

South Africa is “extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians,” Pandor added.

South Africa does not have an ambassador in Israel but three diplomats. 

The South African Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni was quoted by CNN as saying that “a genocide under the watch of the international community cannot be tolerated.”

Last March, South Africa’s parliament passed a resolution to downgrade its ties with Israel. 

On October 30, Pretoria called on the United Nations to deploy a rapid protection force for the Palestinian population in besieged Gaza.

South Africa: UN Forces to Gaza Now


CNN reported that Chad recalled its chargé d’affaires to Israel on November 4 in a move that was taken in “indignation” at Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. 

“Chad condemns the loss of human lives of many innocent civilians and calls for a ceasefire leading to a lasting solution to the Palestinian question,” according to a statement released by the government’s spokesperson.

Over 10,000 Palestinians Killed in Gaza

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,022 Palestinians in Gaza, including 4,800 children and 2,550 women, and wounded more than 25,000. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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