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Israeli Delegation to the African Union expelled during 36th leaders summit opening ceremony 

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Sharon Bar-Li, Israel’s Deputy Director General, Head of Africa Division, (Photo : SHaron Bar-Li Twitter page)

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An Israeli Delegation to the African Union was reportedly expelled from the Conference Hall. Walla News, an Israeli News source, tweeted about it with video footage purportedly showing the incident at the African Union Conference Hall. 

Google translates the tweet into Hebrew and reads, “A serious diplomatic incident: members of the Israeli delegation were expelled from the African Union conference hall watch”

Israeli observer delegation led by Foreign Ministry Deputy Director General for Africa, Sharon Bar-Li. She was seen, in the video footage, talking to the security guards in the meeting hall, and was subsequently removed from the Hall. 

Israel has reacted to the development. 

The Times of Israel cited Lior Hayat, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, as saying  “Israel views seriously the incident in which the deputy for Africa, Ambassador Sharon Bar-Li, was removed from the African Union hall despite her status as an accredited observer with access badges.” 

Israel seems to see Algeria, South Africa and Iran behind the incident. 

The Israeli spokesperson said, “It is sad to see that the African Union has been taken hostage by a small number of extremist countries such as Algeria and South Africa, driven by hatred and controlled by Iran.” 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Ironic, a colonizers playground of 18th & 19th hundreds, admitting an Apartheid-state of Israel as observer is an oxymoron to start with.
    It is very suspicious that Israel may have bribed some of the member states who introduced the idea to be added to the assembly’s agenda, in the first place.

    Israel shouldn’t have been permitted to attend ever. Individual countries can have their relation with Israel, but implication the AU with an Apartheid state is a bit too far.
    Israel has nothing to do with Africa, except their notorious spy agency MOSSAD allegedly seems to have gathered incriminating-videos on almost all world-leaders, according to those in the know. That maybe how they got their foot in the door.
    Shame full act by AU to let this happen, considering Israel’s human-right records. Israel’s’ accredited observer status must be revoked.

    Be well.

  2. No this is not right. It should have been handled diplomatically. It is just one of those decisions that can be deemed impulsive and immature. She should be allowed the first day and be told not to come back the next day because she is not accredited. But as an experienced diplomat and familiar about diplomatic protocols I don’t understand why she decided to go there anyway. But she should not have been escorted out as a gate crusher at a rowdy rap concert. Grow up folks!!!

  3. Who is the host??? That is his African solutions to African problems on display. Now on top of making the West his enemy, he is now pushing Israel to choose sides. It is one diplomatic blunder after another under this inexperienced neophyte in office.

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