Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

Israeli soldiers fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the coastal Palestinian enclave on July 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen)

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, 16 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.”

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  • mookergee

    What a big Surprise,Morales and his gang of Vultures have bankrupted the Treasury and have cleaned out the central bank .All newspapers and TV stations are under the control of the minster of Communications,which so happens to be his brother.all ports of entry ,from lake titicaca to the 2 main airports are under the control of the Basij,Iranian Secret service.

  • Moshe Levy

    Who really cares about Bolivia any more. I know nothing about this country and Israel could not care less. Just print the name ISRAEL with no mistakes please !!!

    • jaykayDX

      Evidently you do, as you posted here to voice your displeasure.

  • Alexandru Amoq