The Minister of the Secretariat of the Presidency of Bolivia, María Nela Prada, stated this Thursday (22) in an interview with Brazil in fact that the Bolivian government’s support for Lula’s statements about the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip is “firm and full”.

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Bolivia was one of the countries that showed solidarity with Lula after the Brazilian president was declared “persona non grata” by Israel. The action occurred after the president compared Israeli actions against Palestinians to the Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany against the Jewish people.

“Our president, Lucho Arce, showed solidarity precisely after Lula’s statements and the attack that [as autoridades israelenses] were doing by declaring him ‘persona non grata’ in Israel. The presidents of Colombia and Bolivia were criticized for this solidarity with Lula, which is certainly firm and full,” he said.

Prada is in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, to participate in the Latin American and Caribbean Integration Day between peoples.

“We are in a worldwide struggle for the rights of the Palestinian people, for a free and sovereign Palestine. Of course, the voice we raise in spaces like these is fundamental for the Palestinian people to know that they are not alone,” he said.

In October, Bolivia broke relations with Israel and classified the country’s actions in Gaza as a “genocide”, which has already left more than 29,000 dead. Prada was interim chancellor of Bolivia at the time and it was she who announced the break in relations.

“We also adhere to South Africa’s process at the ICJ, in The Hague, to investigate the crimes being committed in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

Editing: Matheus Alves de Almeida


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