African Union suspends debate over Israel’s accreditation — RT EN

7 Feb 2022 12:20 p.m

A February 6 debate on Israel’s accreditation in the African Union has been suspended. Algeria and South Africa in particular are critical of Israel’s role – it contradicts the organization’s declarations of support for the Palestinians.

The debate scheduled for February 6 at the African Union (AU) summit on Israel’s accreditation to the organization has been “suspended”. Now a committee is to advise how to proceed in the Israel cause, as reported by the AFP news agency.

“The Israel issue has been suspended for the time being and instead a committee will be set up to deal with the issue,” said one of the diplomats interviewed by AFP on the sidelines of the AU summit, which runs until February 6 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa takes place. The postponement prevented a possible vote. In July last year, the confederation of states based in Ethiopia’s capital Israel granted “observer status”. Israeli representatives spoke of a “day of joy”. But the decision, made by former Chad Prime Minister and acting Chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, caused great unrest in the organization.

According to many analysts, Israel’s role could lead to a schism unprecedented in the Union’s history. The African Union is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For several months, the decision to accredit Israel has been heavily criticized by several member states, including South Africa and Algeria, who say it runs counter to the organization’s statements of support for the Palestinian Territories. In a speech on February 5 to dozens of African leaders gathered at the AU headquarters, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called for the proposed accreditation of the Jewish state to be abandoned.

“Israel should never be rewarded for its violations and for the apartheid regime it imposes on the Palestinian people,” said the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, which has been accredited to the AU since 2013, echoing a phrase from an Amnesty International report , which was released this week. Shortly before, Moussa Faki had defended his election in his speech at the opening of the summit and called for “an objective debate”. He assured that the AU’s commitment to the Palestinians’ “quest for independence” “is unchanging and can only be further strengthened”. However, in his opinion, Israel’s accreditation could represent “an instrument in the service of peace”.

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