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Other deputies preferred to remain unnamed. They lobbied to prevent BDS support. Failed efforts were conducted quietly. 

Last Sunday, South Africa's chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, ran a front page Johannesburg Sunday Times ad. 

It's South Africa's largest circulation broadsheet. Ad content was disingenuous in tone. It called on ANC conference delegates not to blame Israel for decades of Palestinian conflict. It urged "peaceful negotiations." It said:

"There is talk of a motion being considered for the ANC conference in Mangaung, condemning only Israel for the current conflict in the Holy Land."

"Such a motion will pit people of different faiths in the ANC against each other and further heighten tensions between South Africans of all faiths during a time when we need to come together in the season of peace."

Ahead of Thursday's vote, an unnamed Jewish community leader said "you can't fight this sort of thing in open letters in the newspapers." 

"In the present climate, if there's (an ANC delegate) vote about Israelis and Palestinians".we're going to get whacked six-love, six-love, and six-love."

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His tennis analogy turned out accurate. There never was any doubt.

A Final Comment

Following the ANC delegate vote, BDS South Africa's press release said in part:

"South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), at its 53rd National Conference, reaffirmed a resolution supporting the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel campaign."

"ANC's October International Solidarity Conference (ISC) (endorsed) a resolution on BDS." A steering committee was established "to implement ISC resolutions."

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ANC delegates "adopted resolution 35(g) that specifically called for all South Africans to support the programmes and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel to engage with the Palestinian people to reach a just solution."

Resolution 35(j) was affirmed. It says "The ANC abhors the recent Israeli state-sponsored xenophobic attacks and deportation of Africans and request that this matter should be escalated to the African Union."

ANC delegates added more. They adopted resolution 35c. It states that "The ANC is unequivocal in its support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, and unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel."

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