Israel, a Settler-Colonialist and Apartheid State, is Joining the AU as an “Observer Member”

By Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza – Jul 31, 2021

In 2016, Netanyahu was the first Israeli PM in decades to step on the African continent.

After a strenuous stretch of diplomatic offensives that has lasted about 20 years, Israel will finally join the African Union (AU) as an observer state. Israel secured observer status at the AU when its Ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi, and Chad Aleli Admasu last week presented the country’s credentials to Moussa Faki Mahamat (chairman of the African Union Commission) at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The presentation of Israel’s charter as an observer member to the AU in Addis Ababa and the subsequent acceptance of such officially signify Israel’s re-entry into the regional bloc. Israel previously enjoyed observer status in the Organization of African Unity (OAU). When the OAU disbanded in favour of the African Union’s formation in 2002, Israel ceased being an observer state. Its efforts to get back into the regional bloc were consistently fruitless. But a resurgent diplomatic charm on the continent, led by former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Featured image: Netanyahu and Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya.

(The African Exponent)

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza
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