ExSouth Africa ambassador criticizes Israel

first_img Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober JERUSALEM (AP) – The recently retired South African ambassador to Israel has taken a parting shot at the country’s treatment of Palestinians, calling it a “replication of apartheid.”Ismail Coovadia made the statement in a letter to pro-Palestinian activists.In it, Coovadia explained his decision to reject a symbolic gift from the Israeli government _ planting trees in his honor in a national park named after South Africa. Top Stories He said Israeli policies that discriminate against Palestinians appeared to be reminiscent of his experiences under South Africa’s apartheid system. South Africa’s post-apartheid government frequently identifies with the Palestinians.Coovadia, who completed his four-year term in January, confirmed the letter’s contents on Tuesday.Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Coovadia did not made such complaints during his term. Israel routinely rejects the apartheid comparison.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img

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