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Livni cancels South Africa visit


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/livni_cancels_south_africa_visit_20110119

Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni canceled a scheduled trip to South Africa due to a strike by her country's Foreign Ministry workers, the ministry said. Palestinian activists' groups on Wednesday disputed the reason given by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to the South African media, saying that the threat of being arrested on war crimes charges for her role in the Gaza war is what made Livni decide to nix her trip. Livni, Israel's opposition leader and head of the Kadima Party, was scheduled to visit South Africa at the end of the month as a guest of the Jewish Board of Deputies, according to the South African Press Association. She was scheduled to give several speeches and hold meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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