April 19, 2024

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks throughout an Arab League assembly on February 15 [Getty]

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has accused Israel on Sunday of committing genocide in opposition to Palestinian civilians within the Gaza Strip and in contrast its actions to Adolf Hitler’s marketing campaign to exterminate Jews.

“What’s taking place within the Gaza Strip is not a conflict, it is a genocide,” Lula informed reporters in Addis Ababa the place he was attending an African Union summit.

“It is not a conflict of troopers in opposition to troopers. It is a conflict between a extremely ready military and ladies and kids,” added the veteran leftist.

“What’s taking place within the Gaza Strip with the Palestinian folks hasn’t occurred at another second in historical past. Truly, it has occurred: when Hitler determined to kill the Jews.”

They had been among the many strongest feedback but on the battle from Lula, a distinguished voice for the worldwide south whose nation at present holds the rotating presidency of the G20.

The 78-year-old chief condemned Hamas’s October 7 assault on Israel as a “terrorist” act the day it occurred.

He has additionally grown vocally essential of Israel’s relentless army marketing campaign.

Israel has since responded to Lula’s claims.

The Overseas Ministry in Jerusalem stated it will summon the Brazilian ambassador for a reprimand over the remarks, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “disgraceful and grave”.

“It is a trivialisation of the Holocaust and an try to assault the Jewish folks and the appropriate of Israel to self-defence. Drawing comparisons between Israel and the Nazis and Hitler is to cross a crimson line,” Netanyahu stated in a press release. 

Lula additionally criticised Western international locations’ current selections to halt help to the UN company for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, after Israel accused a few of its staff of involvement within the October 7 assault.

Lula, who met with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Saturday on the sidelines of the summit, stated Brazil will enhance its contribution to the company, and urged different international locations to do the identical.

“Once I see the wealthy world announce that it is halting its contributions to humanitarian help for the Palestinians, I simply think about how huge these folks’s political consciousness is and the way huge the spirit of solidarity of their hearts is,” Lula stated.

“We have to cease being small once we must be huge.”

He reiterated his name for a two-state resolution to the battle, with Palestine “definitively recognised as a full and sovereign state”.

Israel’s lethal assault on Gaza has killed not less than 28,985 folks, principally ladies and kids, in response to the territory’s well being ministry.

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