SA calls on Israeli envoy to explain operation

Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, will be summoned to the country’s Foreign Ministry in Pretoria to explain Operation Protective Edge, South African media reports.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told SABC News that Lenk will be called in to explain Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which so far have reportedly killed over 200 Palestinians.

According to pro-Palestinian activists, the topic #ExpelIsraeliAmbassadortoSA has been trending for days now on Twitter in South Africa. A separate Twitter feed solely designated to advocate expelling Lenk so far has 138 followers.

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, has been exceedingly critical of Israel’s campaign against terrorists in Gaza, who have shot more than 1,000 rockets at Israeli civilians.

– Raphael Ahren

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