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Ebrahim defends Israel comments

Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim was criticised for discouraging South Africans from visiting Israel.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim with United Kingdom (UK) Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) responsible for Africa, Mr Henry Bellingham during their meeting. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim on Tuesday defended his comments discouraging South Africans from visiting Israel.

He claims Israel is the only country in the world whose human rights abuses have been condemned by the entire international community.

"Israel has occupied Palestinian territory for over 60 years. Unlike other countries where there is a process to resolve the problem, there's no process [in Israel]."

Ebrahim's comments were heavily criticised by the Zionist Federation and the Chief Rabbi.

When asked about China's occupation of Tibet, Ebrahim said, "We don't recognise the occupation of Tibet."