Israel has condemned South Africa for planning to label goods made in the West Bank and Gaza regions, "Made in the Palestinian Territories."
Rob Davies, South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister protested that consumers should be given a right to know where a product has originated from. Israel meanwhile has condemned the move as "racist." The move has not gone down well either with some South African members. The Inkatha Freedom Party along with several hundred members from the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) marched angrily towards the trade ministry buildings in Pretoria to hand in a petition deploring the decision, reports AFP.
Christian Democrat leaders in Cape Town and Pretoria argued that "the South African government must not involve itself in the political agenda of organisations and anti-Israeli lobbies."
The concern from the Inkatha movement is that the South African government seems to be siding with the anti-Israeli lobbyists like Open Shuhad Street.
Israel's Foreign Minister has summoned the South African ambassador to Israel over the decision. In South Africa meanwhile the labelling decision and protests against it, has divided some in the most southerly African nation. The Southern African Kairos Ministry blames the ACDP for beliefs which "conflict with Christianity."