Bolivia, Venezuela Break Ties with Israel
Posted by msrb on January 15, 2009
The blog Moderators salute the brave people and leaders of Bolivia and Venezuela for breaking diplomatic ties with illegitimate Jewish state
Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country is cutting diplomatic ties with Israel, describing the Israeli slaughter in Gaza “genocide.”
“Considering these grave attacks against … humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel.” Morales said in a speech to foreign diplomats in the government palace yesterday. “The crimes committed by the Israeli government affect peace and stability in the world,” said Morales.
These South American leaders are morally superior to their US, European, Japanese, and Arab counterparts! L to R: Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and Evo Morales. [Photo credit: Wikipedia User: Salvador1248. GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later versions.]
Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations with Israel, a week after it expelled the Israeli ambassador in Caracas and seven embassy staff members.
A Foreign Ministry statement said Wednesday that Venezuela “has decided to break off diplomatic relations with the state of Israel given the inhumane persecution of the Palestinian people.”
The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip reached 1,027 with at least 4,700 others injured by Wednesday, as the Israeli offensive entered its 19th consecutive day, the Ministry of Health in Gaza said. Ten Israeli soldiers and three “civilians” have reportedly been killed.
A Kuwaiti MP called for moving Arab League headquarters from Cairo to Caracas after Venezuela expelled the Israeli ambassador because of the Jewish state’s onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
“I call for moving the Arab League from Cairo to Caracas,” MP Waleed al-Tabtabai said during a special session in parliament concerning the Israeli offensive. “[Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez] has proved that he was more Arab than some Arabs.” [Perhaps “human” or “morally superior” would have been more appropriate adjectives. Moderator]
He criticized Egypt, which hosts the headquarters of the 22-member Arab League, for “refusing to open the Rafah” border to allow the passage of food and medical supplies to the battered Palestinian territory, AFP reported.
“Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania, the only Arab countries to have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state, have ignored public calls to expel Israeli diplomats. An Israeli trade office in Qatar also remains open.”
Another Kuwaiti MP, Ahmad Lari, urged Kuwaitis to donate one month of their salaries to the Palestinians in Gaza.
Source: BBC UK