Over the past six weeks, we have witnessed a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, leading to an unprecedented number of civilian casualties. As a party committed to the advancement of universal human rights and the promotion of peace, we are deeply troubled by these developments.
Against this backdrop, ActionSA must correct politically motivated misrepresentations of our stance and policies concerning the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. We do so with a heavy heart, driven by deep empathy for those affected by the recent violence and the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
The conflict has reached a point where the loss of innocent lives is occurring at unacceptable rates. Families are being displaced, children are growing up surrounded by fear, and communities are dealing with the deep trauma of war. Witnessing the suffering on both sides is disheartening.
Amidst the geopolitical complexities and historical grievances of this longstanding global conflict, it is vital not to overlook the human cost. The impact on the mental and physical health of people on both sides is immeasurable.
ActionSA’s policy on this and other global conflicts is grounded in a shared sense of global humanity and a responsibility to protect the vulnerable, regardless of their position in the conflict. We urge all involved parties to consider the lives at stake and to prioritise the safety of civilians caught in the crossfire.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial for the global community to unite in calling for a de-escalation that will pave the way towards a lasting cessation of hostilities. We sincerely hope that through diplomatic efforts, dialogue, and a firm commitment to peace, the violence can be brought to an end.