Palestinian officials recognized that Latin American countries were the first to condemn the Israeli onslaught against Gaza.
The Palestinian National Council (PNC), which is the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Wednesday thanked Latin America for its solidarity with the people of Gaza and its condemnation of the seven-week Israeli massacre in the enclave.
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The legislators also made a contrasting comparison between the strong condemnation by Latin American and Caribbean governments of the Israeli attacks, with the support of U.S., Europe and their allies to the government of Tel Aviv.
They also recognized the fact that Latin Americans launched a shout of protest against Israel while other nations opened up their military warehouses to replenish the Tel Aviv regime with the weapons it used in the bloody attacks against Gaza.
The Palestinian leader Raed Salah said that Latin American and Caribbean governments “adopted brave decisions against Israel, supporting Palestine,” referring to statements of condemnation against Israel by the diplomatic missions of Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia.
In recognition to their positions in support of Gazans, the Palestinian leaders gave plaques to the representatives of these countries in appreciation to their stance.
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Raed Salah added that personalities such as the Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina; and Rigoberta Menchu (photo) of Guatemala, called for punishing Israel for its atrocities against Gazans.
Many leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean have adopted positions against Tel Aviv’s policies, such as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who broke diplomatic relations with Israel following the 2008-2009 aggression against Gaza.
Latin American solidarity
In past weeks, various Latin American leaders harshly condemned the Israeli government for committing genocide in Gaza, including Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, and Evo Morales of Bolivia.
Venezuela sent hundreds of tons in humanitarian aid to Gaza, while Ecuador is preparing to send about 20 tons in the next days.
Israeli warplanes and tanks started pounding the blockaded enclave July 8, inflicting heavy losses on Palestinian land and killing almost 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women and children. Around 11,000 others were injured, while hundreds of thousands were displaced.
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