South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has moved to direct the government to downgrade the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv to a "liaison office”.
The move comes ahead of a UN General Assembly vote on Thursday which is expected to chide the US for announcing plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The resolution, which the ANC adopted at its national conference on Wednesday, reads: "The ANC's National Conference, the highest decision-making body of our organisation, has unanimously resolved to immediately and unconditionally downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to a liaison office.
"In order to give our practical expression to the oppressed people of Palestine, the ANC has unanimously resolved to direct the South African government to...immediately downgrade the South African embassy in Israel.
"We concur with the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organisation] leader, Jibril Rajoub, who was at our conference where he explained that the downgrade of the SA Embassy in Israel will send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.”