Evo Morales. A leadership that has risen from the people and with the people in Bolivia has taken a stance with other oppressed people, the Palestinian. May the Bolivian government remain true to these words – and may their stance only bolden and may it spread throughout the Americas.
Today: Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the offensive in the Gaza Strip that has killed hundreds of Palestinians. “Bolivia had diplomatic relations with Israel,” Morales said in a speech before diplomats in the government palace. “Considering these grave attacks against … humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel. …The crimes committed by the Israeli government affect peace and stability in the world,” said Morales, before calling the Israeli invasion of Gaza “a genocide.”
“Faced with the extreme seriousness the ongoing events in Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory of 360km2, inhabited by 1,5 million people, the Bolivian Government deplores and express its most categorical rejection and condemnation of Israel government criminal aggression.
The Israeli aerial attacks and the blockade over Gaza represent a severe and massive infringement of Humanitarian International Law, killing civilians, carrying out collective punishment against all the population of the region under the argument of responding to the action of certain militants, when in fact it was Israel that broke the truce by prolonging the blockade, that has been starving and devastating inhabitants of Gaza. This act become further worse, due that civilian targets that cannot be define as military like university study centres, are being hit by these attacks.
The Bolivian Government demands an immediate cease of this acts of aggression from the State of Israel against the Palestinian people, that have already resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, affecting civilians including children.
The Bolivian Government demands that the United Nations and the Security Council, within the framework of the resolutions concerning to the conflict between Palestine and Israel, adopt a firm position of condemnation against Israel and urges the discard a military solution, by the State of Israel for an issue that demands, above all, the acknowledgment of a viable Palestinian State as stipulated U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), the Oslo Accords within the 1967 borders.”
And, on January 14, the Bolivian government took the decision to cut ties with Israel. Excellent.
Then again, Bolivia has its own reasons to cut ties with Israel. Israel has not been a friend of democracies or civil rights or economic rights in the Americas, or elsewhere. Of course, for a country built on theft of land, murder of the indigenous population, imposition of apartheid laws, and propagation of lies upon lies, how could that country act differently with others?
From the book ‘The Israeli Connection‘
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