Johannesburg — SOUTH Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) condemned the attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza by Israel.
ANC said the recent attacks on Gaza strip resulted in the deaths of over 27 Palestinians, at least 6 of them children.
The Israeli attacks have injured over 200 Palestinians and traumatised thousands of others.
"The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camps. Of course the killing of any child irrespective of race color or creed must be condemned and the death of two Israeli young people is surely as senseless as any other death," Jessie Duarte, ANC Deputy Secretary General said.
"But for the State of Israel, the notion of an eye for an eye has become perpetual massacre with merciless revenge which has lasted for more than 60 years. It is time to stop the killing now."
She said in line with ANC 2012 policy resolutions, that called on "all South Africans to support the programmes and campaigns of the Palestinian civil society which seek to put pressure on Israel", branches and structures of the ANC across the country would be joining the Palestine solidarity and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in organizing protests and pickets calling for the immediate end of Israeli violence against the Palestinian people.
"We call on all South Africans, Black, White, Jewish, Muslim, Christian and all others to join us in expressing our solidarity.
"Solidarity will brings us together as different South Africans just as how the international anti-apartheid movement brought people together," Duarte said.
She said the Israeli regime must realise that its acts of violence like these attacks on Gaza would only lead to its international isolation.
After its 2009 attacks on Gaza which resulted in over 1400 Palestinians being killed, more than 400 of them children, the BDS and international isolation of Israel increased exponentially.
"Apartheid South Africa's wanton killing of our people during the 1980s lead to its isolation, it would seem that Israel is taking a similar path of isolation by embarking on these attacks."