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Newsline: South Africa Cancels Water Conference Due to Israeli Ambassador’s Participation

A water conference in South Africa was canceled due to condemnation by activists regarding the inclusion of Israel’s ambassador, the Times of Israel reported. Ambassador Arthur Lenk was slated to take part in a panel at the Johannesburg conference on “equitable and sustainable water management for poverty alleviation.” “We are willing to share expertise to help South Africa with its drought problems,” said Michael Freeman, an Israeli embassy spokesman. “We were looking forward to helping South Africa and any other country in the world that faces similar problems.” The boycott movement said it welcomed the cancellation and added that it was pleased “the rug has been pulled from the Israeli ambassador who will not be able to exploit our very serious water crises for his own cheap publicity and whitewashing of his regime. Israeli water technology is not unique or special; such technology is widely available through other more friendly countries.”



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