The African Christian Democratic Party in South Africa will demonstrate in support of Israel this week, Army Radio reported on Monday.
According to the report, party activists have announced their intention to hold two solidarity marches with Israel on Thursday, in which they will call on their government to treat Israel as it would treat any other country.
The marches are a response to a recent decision by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry that products produced by Israeli companies in Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) cannot be labeled as products of Israel.
Last month, Minister Rob Davies issued an announcement warning merchants “not to incorrectly label products that originate from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as products of Israel.”
Davies later rejected “with utter contempt” suggestions that there were racial motivations for his move, saying his department was neither seeking to promote a boycott of Israeli goods nor to prevent the entry of such products into South Africa.
Davies asserted, however, that the move was aimed at ensuring that products were correctly labeled so that South African consumers could decide for themselves as to whether they wanted to purchase them.
Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain, Migros, has also announced that it will label products from Judea and Samaria, citing its desire to offer customers greater transparency.
Kol Yisrael radio reported on Monday that the President of the African Christian Democratic Party, Kenneth Meshoe, has strongly condemned the South African government and Minister Davies for the decision.
Meshoe said that the decision is misleading and baseless, since the world does not recognize a country called the “Occupied Palestinian Territories.”