Since Israeli ambassador Chad Aleli Admasu presented his credentials to AU Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on 22 July, several members of the organisation have denounced what they term as a ‘unilateral’ decision by the Chadian diplomat.
South Africa, which was the first to issue a statement, expressed its “dismay” and criticised the decision by the commission as “unjust and unjustified”.
Request for explanations
“Israel continues to illegally occupy Palestine in defiance of its international obligations and UN resolutions. The decision to grant it observer status is even more shocking in a year when the oppressed people of Palestine have been persecuted by destructive bombings and continued illegal settlement on their land,” the statement said. South Africa, a historical supporter of Palestine, also called on Moussa Faki to explain his decision.
There have been complaints that there
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