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Is South Africa Supporting Hamas?

Deep splits have been made evident in South Africa as a result of the battle between Israel and Hamas; among others, leaders of the Jewish community in the nation have criticized the government for its unwavering backing of the Palestinians. The government said that Israel’s ambassador to Pretoria was becoming “untenable” and announced the removal of its ambassadors from Israel. The Jewish Board of Deputies in the nation has strongly criticized this and demanded an immediate meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Understanding South Africa’s Foreign Policy

From the era of the late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, South Africa has supported the Palestinian struggle for independence. Following decades of struggle against the rule of white minority, three years after he was elected as the nation’s first democratic president: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Despite the fact that two South Africans were among the 1,400 persons murdered in the unprecedented Hamas onslaught on Israel and another is among the more than 230 hostages, the African National Congress (ANC), the party in power, has not altered its stance. Invoking parallels between the history of the Palestinians and South Africa’s fight against white-minority rule, President Ramaphosa vowed the ANC’s solidarity with the Palestinians.

Allegations of Support for Hamas

Neither South Africa nor any other country has brought any proceedings against Hamas for its atrocities in the Court. Conversely, there have been protests throughout the world in favor of Hamas. Classical Marxism, which holds that Israel is the oppressor and the Palestinians are the downtrodden, serves as the justification for Hamas’ support. Along with the Islamic belief that Israel has no right to exist, there have been widespread anti-Israel protests spearheaded by Muslims and Marxists. Israel and South Africa had generally cordial ties from the country’s inception in 1948 until the early 2000s. However, the continuous Palestinian conflict and leadership changes in the African National Congress (ANC), the leading political party, contributed to a decline in relations. ANC control has resulted in a steady rise in crime, corruption, and social unrest involving Black and White people. South Africa has among the highest rates of violent crime worldwide.

South Africa’s Position on Hamas

Supporting Palestinian and Hamas causes for a long time, South Africa compares Jewish defensive actions to apartheid, a practice that black South Africans endured under earlier white authority. The first black president of South Africa was Nelson Mandela (1994–1999). Both the ANC and the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) saw him as a leader. AAM, which was established in 1959 in Great Britain, advocated for a global boycott of products made in South Africa. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for political charges starting in 1962. For his assistance in ending apartheid, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993. Mandela backed the Palestinian people as well. One of the members of the BRICS trade bloc, South Africa was established to shift the global economy away from the dominance of the US currency. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are together known as BRICS. Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates recently became members of BRICS. With the possible exception of India, none of the aforementioned nations can be deemed favorable to the United States and Western Civilization. 

Diplomatic And Humanitarian Engagement

Because the Soviet Union supported the African National Congress (ANC) in its attempts to overthrow apartheid, the Communist Party of South Africa holds a considerable amount of influence within the ANC. In February 2023, South Africa participated in combined naval drills with China and Russia. In a U.N. vote, South Africa refrained from denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and chose not to join in the sanctions against it. The UN genocide complaint made by South Africa against Israel is a prime example of hypocrisy. When decisions from the World Court contradicted the ANC’s policy, they were disregarded. Because of Gaza, the ANC decided to break diplomatic ties with Israel and shuttered the Israeli Embassy.


In conclusion, Israel’s right to exist should be upheld by Western Civilization. Western Civilization’s conception of social welfare and individual liberties is rooted in Judaism. US foreign policy ought to be reciprocal. After South Africa brings allegations of genocide against Israel in the UN, the US need to follow suit against Hamas. When it comes to advancing American interests, the U.S. should back gray area initiatives. Invest in the industrial complexes that supply the US military.


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