The withdrawal of Ngombane also follows America's relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which was marked by an official ceremony yesterday.
Desai said Palestinians stood with South Africans during the struggle against apartheid and gave them resources to fight the white minority rule. Palestinians consider the Nakba an ongoing process due to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank, its blockade on, and incursions into Gaza, and its continued violation of human rights against the Palestinian people. "We reiterate the call being made by Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) South Africa for our government to expel the Israeli ambassador in South Africa, downgrade the Israeli Embassy to a liaison office and to apply state level sanctions against Israel".
The relocation on Monday of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem inflamed the seven weeks of protests leading up to Nakba Day in the Gaza Strip, resulting in Israeli forces killing at least 60 Palestinian protestors and injuring more than 2,700.
It was not clear on Monday evening, however, if ambassador Sisa Ngombane would eventually return to Tel Aviv, since the ANC had in December already made a decision to downgrade South Africa's embassy to a liaison office. This raised the possibility that he might return.
On Monday, the South African Foreign Ministry had condemned "in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border".
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"The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the USA embassy in Jerusalem".
"This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property".
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies issued a statement together with the South African Zionist Federation in response to the recall.
The two non-governmental organisations said Israel "is facing a real danger with the incitement by Hamas of its own population to storm the security fence and attack Israeli civilians".
Praising Erdogan for withdrawing Turkey's ambassador to Israel after the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem, Beck said: "If you want to help the Jewish people, follow the example of what the Turkish president did: withdraw your ambassador from there and come out in the clear".