24 Sudan parties reject Israel normalisation deal

Middle East Monitor  /  April 13, 2021

More than 24 Sudanese political parties announced their rejection of normalising relations with the occupation and the abolition of Israel boycott law.

This came after the Sudanese cabinet approved a bill to cancel the 1958 Israel boycott law, which was approved by Arab countries at the time, in an expected step after the rapprochement between Khartoum and Tel Aviv in recent months.

The Israel boycott law of 1958 prohibits the Sudanese from entering into agreements with persons holding Israeli citizenship or companies owned by Israeli nationals, in addition to banning trade with the Zionist state and the import of goods partially or entirely manufactured in Israel, while punishing violators with ten years in prison and a fine.

Last year, Sudan signed the Abraham Accords to build ties with Israel under US auspices. Khartoum followed in the steps of the UAE and Bahrain.

The move came months after Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Following the normalisation of relations, the US removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism after it had been included on the blacklist since 1993.