Peres Goes to South Africa Despite Arrest Threat

YERUSHALAYIM -

Former President Shimon Peres left for South Africa early on Thursday, in defiance of threats from the Muslim Lawyers Association to have him arrested and prosecuted for alleged war crimes.

Earlier in the day, Peres said that Israel is a just nation and that no threat of BDS, arrest or any other attempt to hinder his visit would stop him, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry and ambassador to South Africa have been in touch with the authorities in Pretoria to ensure this BDS provocation will not disrupt Peres’ visit, Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said.

Peres is slated to participate in a salute to Israel by the South African Jewish community, whom he is due to address on Sunday evening.

In June, 2013, the Muslim Lawyers Association demanded prosecution for war crimes of U.S. President Barack Obama. The request submitted to the public prosecutor covered more than 600 pages.