ANC, Hamas discuss state of affairs in occupied Palestine

The ruling party hosted a senior Hamas delegation including its leader Khaled Meshal.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal addresses a media briefing after talks with the ANC on 19 October 2015. Picture: Kathrada Foundation

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the meeting with Hamas leaders in Gauteng is meant to encourage other countries to take a stand against what the ruling party calls violence and apartheid, orchestrated by the Israeli government.

The ruling party hosted a senior Hamas delegation in Pretoria on Sunday and encouraged them to consider opening an office in South Africa.

On Monday, Hamas called on its supporters to carry out suicide attacks against Israelis.

The ANC's Keith Khoza has called on people to boycott Israeli products.

"Many people think that when you take a stand against Israeli government it means you're against the Jews. We're not against the Jews but any products that are manufactured in the occupied territory should be boycotted."

The South African Zionist Federation's Ben Swartz says the ANC must carefully evaluate its relationship with Hamas.

"If they're for peace resolution, in that the Palestinians are given the opportunity to self-realisation, they need to realise that the interest of the Palestinians is vested in ensuring that Israel is given share footing to exist, side-by-side with a Palestinian state.