World Bulletin / News Desk
South Africa's ex-President Thabo Mbeki has called his countrymen to boycott Israeli goods in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians so that it pays a price "for the position that it is taking."
Speaking in the South African capital Pretoria at the University of South Africa, Mbeki at the same time rejected calls for the government to recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv, instead saying South Africa needs to "engage" with Israel to find a "just solution."
He also called on South Africa's political parties, trade unions and religious groups to mobilize for a boycott of Israeli products by "divesting" from Israeli companies, the BBC reported.
"It is not the responsibility of government to mobilize people. We must mobilize ourselves," Mbeki said.
There have been a number of mass campaigns and calls from South African public figures to boycott Israeli goods as of late, with a number of notables including the late Nelson Mandela, the country's first post-apartheid black president, expressing support for the Palestinians.
Recently Israel's daily Haaretz also reported that the South African government had warned its citizens that it will prosecute those who fight for the Israeli army, after a case was opened against Cape Town resident Dean Goodson, who is accused of travelling to Israel to fight for the Israel Defence Force (IDF).
South African President Jacob Zuma has also called on the Israeli government to stop its crippling military offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip, while the ruling African National Congress denounced the Israeli onslaught, urging South Africans to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Almost 2,000 people, mainly civilians, were killed in a month-long Israeli bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip, which has been paused by a week-long uneasy ceasefire.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2014, 17:04