South Africa's ruling party condemns Israeli attacks on Gaza
In a public statement which was released today, South Africa’s ruling party has condemned Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip. The African National Congress (ANC) said that “as long as Israel continues to occupy land rightfully belonging to the Palestinian people, there will not be a lasting solution to the problems and conflict in the Middle East region.”
The statement said that that the Palestinian people should have a right to exist within a sovereign state, with secure borders alongside a sovereign Israeli state.
The political party added “ that it is way beyond time that the Israeli government accepts the position outlined by the United Nations (UN); most notably in the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution of June 1996.”
Taking the previous in consideration, the ANC calls for an immediate end to air strikes and land attacks, which have cost over 500 lives in nine days. Thousands of people were injured.
“Collective punishment is not going to resolve the enmity between Palestine and Israel; what will move the peace process forward is addressing the root cause of the conflict,” the ANC statement concluded. “Israel is in violation of international laws governing retaliatory engagements and is creating a deep humanitarian crisis.
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Cape Town, South Africa