Palestinian Authority asks AU to revoke Israel’s observer standing

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The Palestinian Authority requested the African Union on Thursday to revoke Israel’s observer standing within the group. 

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki wrote a letter to the AU Executive Council, which is at present assembly in Ethiopia. He mentioned Israel “must be held accountable and exposed, not rewarded and accommodated” and urged them to reverse the choice to grant Israel observer standing, the PA’s WAFA information company reported. 

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“The withdrawal of Israel’s Observer Status is a necessary validation of the African Union’s commitment towards its broader anti-colonialism and anti-apartheid political strategy,” wrote Malki. 

The AU granted Israel observer standing in July. An Israeli diplomat advised Al-Monitor on the time that Israel hoped to cooperate with African states on well being, agriculture, safety, combating COVID-19 and different points by way of the union.

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Israel shouldn’t be in Africa, however borders Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Israel has had diplomatic relations with Egypt since 1980 on account of the US-brokered Camp David Accords and with Morocco since 2020, due to the US-mediated Abraham Accords. Israel and Sudan are additionally taking steps to normalize ties below the Abraham Accords.

Israel additionally has a sizeable inhabitants of Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia.

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