Jewish Board unhappy with plans to ban dual citizenship

The ANC wants to ban dual citizenship to stop Jewish South Africans from fighting in the Israeli army.

The ANC confirmed it's examining the possibility of banning people from having dual citizenship to stop Jewish South Africans from fighting in the Israeli army. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Jewish Board of Deputies says plans by African National Congress (ANC) leaders to stop people from having two passports are divisive and aimed at creating hatred against Jewish people.

On Monday, the head of the ANC's International Relations Commission Obed Bapela confirmed they were examining banning people from having dual citizenship to stop Jewish South Africans from fighting in the Israeli army.

The Inkatha Freedom Party, Afriforum and other organisations have all said the plans are unconstitutional.

South Africa Jewish Board of Deputies President Zev Krengel says Bapela's comments have a resonance with what happened in Germany before the World War II.

"What he's doing is exactly what the Nazi propaganda did in the 1930s where you're trying to show that your local Jewish community is not 100 percent loyal and they've got this dual loyalty, then you try and say that they're danger to your community and your country."

But Bapela says they must do something to stop South Africans from joining the Israeli army

"And that then defeats the objective of the South Africa that say Palestine must be given its freedom."

Krengel says it's wrong to target the Jewish community.

"What started with the Jew will not end with the Jew. All of a sudden this is going to affect Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola, Greece, Italian and British but where will it end."

Immigration lawyers are however opposed to the idea saying it smacks of political grandstanding.

But he hasn't said how many South Africans could be in the Israeli Defence Force.