La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.
President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.
It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.
The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.
Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”
More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.
In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.
Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.
In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”
Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014.
Tel aviviwood at work - Watch Israeli propaganda in action. They posted a pic in their media of a so-called ‘Israeli woman hiding in a bomb shelter from Palestinian rockets’ - but in truth it was a photoshopped picture of a woman in the Philippines protecting her child presumably from the floods.
C’mon israel be original..all your crimes are!
Gazan father mourns the death of his 9 year old son, Ibraheem, who was killed at the hands of Israeli soldiers.
Ibraheem was shot in the head through a wall and, as he died in front of him, his father was threatened.
This man… His grief breaks my heart…
Don’t bring your FUCKING CHILD to a war zone. Problem solved. Idiotic.
Why did you feel the need to say something, not only heartless, but ignorant?
You do realise that there are people who live in Gaza who weren’t “brought” anywhere, right?
You do realise that any kind of transfer — entry or exit — is virtually impossible in Gaza, right?
You do realise you’re lambasting a grieving father, right?
Please think before you speak because your words could be devastating for anyone who’s been in a war zone, Gaza or elsewhere, and lost family in the most horrific of ways.
But didn’t you know? It’s always the Palestinians fault.
It’s their fault they’re oppressed, it’s their fault they’re under occupation, it’s their fault they’re getting slaughtered and imprisoned by zionist pigs who invade their homes and make their lives hell.
Palestinian family grieving over the loss of a husband and father who was murdered by Israeli soldiers | Tears of Gaza
Reblogging with an UPDATED link to the documentary, seeing as somebody reported the last one for ‘copyright’ so it’s no longer available.