The South African Jewish Board of Deputies has accused both the ANC and EFF of spreading lies about the conflict taking place in Gaza.
The board says both parties have conveniently ignored the fact that the war was started by the alleged murder, rape, and kidnapping of innocent Israelis, including some South Africans, by Hamas.
The remarks by the body follow the recent marches in Tshwane by both parties, calling for the closure of the Israel embassy and the boycott of Israeli products in the country.
National Chair of the SAJBD, Professor Karen Milner, says the emphasis on the lives of the Palestinians only is problematic as all sides have suffered casualties.
More than 5 000 people have died so far since the intense fighting ensued on October 7.
Political analyst, Dr. Sam Koma, has on the other hand hailed the ANC and EFF’s tough stance against Israel in the ongoing conflict with Hamas.
He says it is proof that South Africa stands united with the people of Palestine.
Professor at the Wits Department of International Relations, John Stremlau, says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s likening of the conflict to apartheid is a sharp-witted way of building international support for Palestinian aspirations.
He says that analogy has gained international support for Palestine and for the ANC government.
The scholar, however, says the EFF’s picket in solidarity with the people of Palestine failed to explain how not all Israelis support what is happening in Gaza.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa