‘Israel doesn’t deserve observer status.’ Palestinian PM Mohammed Shtayyeh said in African union
The dispute was raised last July when Moussa Faki Mahamat, chair of the African Union Commission, accepted Israel’s accreditation to the bloc.
Some powerful AU member states, notably South Africa, protested the decision. South Africa said it had not been properly consulted and that the move contradicted numerous AU statements — including from Faki himself — supporting the Palestinian territories.
Faki in defending his status this Saturday said the AU’s commitment to the Palestinian push for independence was “unchanging and can only continue to go stronger”. He also added giving Israel the observer status will help in resolving the issue.
On Saturday, the Jerusalem Post reported Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana were also among the nations against Israel’s status.
The summit might also vote on whether to back or reject Faki’s decision.
Israel doesn’t deserve